Activities at Mythgard

Activities at Mythgard

Mythgard Academy

The Mythgard Academy offers free, interactive online classes in fantasy, science fiction, and other works of speculative literature. These classes are made possible due to our generous donors.

All Mythgard Academy classes are recorded for download via iTunes U, podcast, or directly from our website.


The Silmarillion Film Project

The Silmarillion Film Project is an intellectual exercise of Ardan proportions. Every other Friday at 10 am Eastern Time, our Riddles in the Dark Team of Dr. Corey Olsen, Trish Lambert, and Dave Kale get together to discuss what an multiseason television adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion might look like. Discussions run the gamut from framing narratives to casting and design choices to musical scores.


Guest Lecture Series

The Mythgard Guest Lecture Series invites world-renown scholars, authors, and other persons of note to talk about their passion projects. These interactive online experiences are more than just lectures, though – live participants can ask questions and join in the conversation through our classroom interface.

As with Mythgard Academy, guest lectures are free and recorded for download via podcast and directly from our website.

Mythgard on LOTRO

Mythgard has a presence on Lord of the Rings Online, the massive-multiplayer online roleplaying game based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth. Players can have their characters (“alts”) join the Mythgard kinship, and anyone is free to attend our bi-weekly lore chats and group adventures in-game.

In addition, each Friday at 12:30 pm Eastern Time, Dr. Corey Olsen takes his alt Gryfflet through the Epic Quest series of feats on the LOTRO Twitch stream. Recordings of the adventures are posted to the Signum University YouTube page.



Although we’re primarily an online institution, Mythgard also host in-person events. Our premiere event is the flagship Mythmoot Conference. Three Mythmoot conferences have been held so far – number four is being planned for 2017.

In addition, we sponsor regional activities, such as the Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium.



Other Activities

The Tolkien Professor

The alter ego of Dr. Corey Olsen, President of Signum University, helms a podcast series with downloads from around the world – and even some celebrity fans. With over three hundred Tolkien-centric lectures online and upwards of one million downloads, Professor Olsen leads the charge in online Medieval studies.

Exploring The Hobbit

Dr. Olsen’s first book, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, was released by Houghton Mifflin on September 22, 2012 – just in time for the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.  Mythgard Institute has had an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the development of this new text and its successful launch so follow along here as we post exclusive content from The Tolkien Professor!

Adventure into Exploring The Hobbit  

Riddles in the Dark

Join the Tolkien Professor, Dave Kale from the Middle-earth Network, and Trish Lambert of Mythgard fame, along with special guests for discussion of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films. Although this series is now finished, you can still listen to Professor Olsen applying his intimate familiarity with The Hobbit and Tolkien’s other works to interpretation of evidence released by the production in New Zealand! It’s a not-to-be-missed rare chance to hear The Tolkien Professor talk about Hobbit movie news from a detailed academic standpoint.

Arm  yourself with wit to answer Riddles in the Dark

The Hobbit Lectures

In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit, his first major work to see print. Many of you probably read this book as a child, or even listened while a parent read it to you, as Tolkien read it to his own children. Walk through this little book with The Tolkien Professor and you might just be amazed at how complex and sophisticated it really is.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door …. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?” – Bilbo Baggins

Start listening to The Hobbit Lectures

(Don’t forget our conference Mythmoot and other exciting events.)