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Tolkien Criticism Unbound: A response to Norbert Schürer

Here at Mythgard, we like to think that we are helping to train and educate the next generation of great scholars in speculative literature. Many of our students and supporters are particularly interested in Tolkien Studies – so it’s not a surprise that they had something to say about one recent assessment of the field…   By […]

Updated: Follow the Trail of Trailers to The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

For those who haven’t been caught up in the slow drip of trailer releases for The Force Awakens, here’s a handy little guide for you to follow.   Teaser 1: Nov. 28, 2014 Believe it or not, it’s been almost a year since the first trailer came out. Released in part due to an outcry […]

October 2015: Upcoming Calls for Papers

Looking to share your ideas? Want to be published? Check out these calls for papers that are right up the alley of just about every Mythgardian. If you are interested, submit a proposal by the deadlines. (Additional details about each CFP is available by selecting each individual heading.)   Volume on The Hobbit by Grey House Publishing […]

Talking Adaptation with Jim Butcher

Talking Adaptation with Jim Butcher: Oct. 13 @ 8pm ET

When: Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 8pm ET (register) In today’s film and television world, it seems there is nothing new under the sun. Adaptation is king, parading familiar faces and stories on both the big and small screen. Of course, not all adaptations are created equal. What makes a solid adaptation? What separates the wheat from […]

Event: Where on Middle-earth is Wigend?

Where on Middle-earth is Wigend?

Watch Wigend (a.k.a. Dr. Olsen) travel around Middle-earth @ 9:30pm ET on Oct. 6 Register to ask questions via NetMoot (optional) As part of the Signum University annual fundraiser, we are holding a special LOTRO event on Tuesday, October 6, at 9:30 pm Eastern time on the LOTRO Twitch channel. Where on Middle-earth Is Wigend? […]

Many Meetings: Seikaiha

presented by Kelly Orazi Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m Seikaiha. Sorry for not giving you my real name here. Seikaiha is my online nickname. Using a real name online makes me uncomfortable. If you happen to be taking An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon class this semester, you can find me, only one […]

“Jonathan Strange” still a stranger to most people

Mythgard Academy – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

by Katherine Sas The next book in the Mythgard Academy series – as chosen by donors to the Mythgard Institute – is Susanna Clarke’s acclaimed Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Though published over a decade ago in 2004, Time magazine’s #1 Book of the Year, winner of the Hugo and Mythopoeic Awards (among others), and Man Booker […]

September 2015 Mythgard Events and Activities

It’s a new month, and there are lots of ways to stay involved with Mythgard. Here are a few of them!   Fall Classes Fall classes began last week, but it’s not too late to sign up. Registrations for The Force of Star Wars, Introduction to Anglo-Saxon and Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth are open through September 6. […]

Book Review: Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

by Dominic J. Nardi, Jr. Armada, Ernest Cline. Crown Publishers, 2015. In 2011, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One became a bestseller by capturing the gestalt of geek culture. For a generation that grew up during the 1980s and is rapidly approaching middle age (myself included), the book felt like a tribute to our collective nostalgia. […]

Interview: Nelson Goering on Anglo-Saxon

With classes at Mythgard Institute starting in less than a week, I reached out to the lecturers for our fall courses – Amy H. Sturgis, John Garth and Nelson Goering – with some questions about what we can expect to find in their classes. In this interview, Prof. Goering provides some additional thoughts about his class Introduction to […]