“It’s an academic conference!”
“No, it’s Hobbit party!”
Stop! You’re both right!
Mythmoot was great – thank you all for attending!
The Mythgard Institute’s Mythmoot 2012: A Long-Anticipated Journey was both a celebration and a scholarly conference. In other words, attendees laughed while they learned—and they left with some new insights about Tolkien, The Hobbit, and Middle-earth.
Mythmoot kicked off on Saturday, December 15 with a private 3D, 48 frames-per-second showing of Peter Jackson’s newly released film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
From there, attendees convened for a series of panel discussions and breakout sessions focused on the film, Tolkien’s book, and the space in between the two. Saturday night was banquet time — something to do Bilbo Baggins proud. Then Sunday morning’s session comprised presentations of topics developed by conference attendees in the previous day’s sessions; these presentations were captured and published online after the conference.
Mythmoot 2012 Details
- Start: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012
- End: (approximately) noon Sunday December 16, 2012
- Movie screening: Cinemark Egyptian 24, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, C-1, Hanover, MD 21076
- Conference sessions and banquet: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland 21090
- Fee per person: $150 (includes movie, conference sessions, and banquet)
- For out of town attendees: The deadline for discounted room reservations at the Marriott has passed. To find accommodations nearby, try http://www.expedia.com or another travel or hotel site.
This information was shared with the 2012 attendees prior to the event:
- The official scorebook for the Riddles in the Dark prediction game. Print one and bring it along!
- Discounts for Spring 2013 courses and past course packs are available to attendees. Check your welcome letter for code.
- The social media hashtag for this event is #mythmoot - add it to your tweets, YouTube and Flickr uploads, blog posts, etc!
- more soon…
The Hobbit Man Behind Mythmoot
Dr. Corey Olsen, known by thousands of fans as The Tolkien Professor, is the creative brain behind Mythmoot—actually, he’s the creative brain behind Mythgard Institute as a whole. A professor of medieval literature with an emphasis on Tolkien studies, Olsen has guided a whole new generation through the history of Middle-earth (and rekindled Tolkien enthusiasm in several older generations) by way of the lectures, seminars, and interviews that make up his podcast library.
Since launching his graduate level curriculum in Literature and Languages in Mythgard Institute, Olsen and his distinguished roster of resident and guest lecturers (which includes top Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger and other Tolkien notables including John Rateliff and Douglas Anderson) have delivered courses on Tolkien’s works as well as others including Elementary Latin, Modern Fantasy, The Arthur Story (taught by Flieger), and Taking Harry [Potter] Seriously.
Mythmoot 2012 is the first annual conference of the Mythgard Institute. The objective is to add the conference to the roster of annual Tolkien-related conferences and symposia, offering scholars another avenue to share literary discourse and celebrate the works of Tolkien, his contemporaries, and his inspirations.
1 day, 6 meals, and 681 minutes of Lord of the Rings
Each fall, Mythgard President and “Tolkien Professor” Corey Olsen hosts our Lord of the Rings movie marathon, complete with several hobbit-style meals and plenty of intermission discussion, on a weekend like no other.
Read more about the LotR Movie Marathon