Student Webathon

The Mythgard students have seized control of this portion of the Mythgard Institute website to announce a very special event!



You Are Cordially Invited to

The Mythgard Student Tolkien Day Webathon

Sunday, September 22nd

11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

On Sunday September 22nd, Tolkien Day (and Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthday), the students of Mythgard Institute will host the first-ever student-led webathon to support the Mythgard Academy Indiegogo campaign.

Want to do more than just listen in?

You can actively participate in the webathon by chatting with other listeners, writing questions and comments to the hosts, voting in polls, and taking part in trivia quizzes by joining the Netmoot, the Mythgard web interface for its classes and meetings. To snag a seat in the Netmoot for the telethon, use this link to register in advance:

WEBATHON SCHEDULE (Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time)

The twelve-hour event will stream live over the Internet from this very page starting at 11:00 am EDT and will run continuously until 11:00 PM EDT. Here is the schedule:

  • 11 am to 1 pm – Live from the UK!
    Excerpts from The Hobbit read in different languages, a visit to Oxonmoot, chats with Tolkien scholars Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger
  • 1 pm to 3 pm  – Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction
    Two hours beyond Tolkien, talking about other fantasy works as well as popular science fiction. Excerpts from Mythgard classes and lively discussions among the hosts
  • 3 pm to 5 pm – A Potpourri of Chats and Interviews
    A Tolkien Chat with Corey Olsen and his special guests, an interview with Mythgard faculty member Amy Sturgis, and a special podcast focused on an episode of Firefly
  • 5 pm to 7 pm – Dragon Smackdown!
    There can be only one! Five dragons, four bouts, winners chosen by listener votes, until one emerges dominant! Lots of dragon lore, excerpts from Mythgard classes, and discussion among the hosts
  • 7 pm to 9 pm – Tolkien Trivia Contests
    How much do you really know about The Silmarillion? The Hobbit? The Lord of the Rings? The History of Middle-earth, Volumes I – XII? Get your inner Tolkien geek on by participating in various trivia contests
  • 9 pm to 11 pm – Mythgard Fantasy Theater 3000
    Corey Olsen and his Riddles in the Dark co-hosts comment live through clips of seven film adaptations of Tolkien’s work. Laughter guaranteed!

Some of the segments of the webathon will be interactive, and prizes may be involved. If you want to participate, be sure to register to get a seat in the Netmoot for the event!

Don’t miss this great event!  (It won’t be recorded, so you have to be there live.)

Whether you stay from Elevenes to Elevenses or can only tune in for a little while, join the Mythgard students and their guests, having fun and talking about some of our favorite topics!

More details will be added to the schedule as we get closer to the 22nd, so check back here often!

There are those in the student body who want the webathon fundraising goal to be double whatever the Indiegogo campaign has raised when the cameras start rolling. Ambitious, to say the least, but a worthy goal for sure!

This free event is open to everyone. For scheduling and registration details as they become available, bookmark this page. 


Stay Involved

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To help spread the word about the event, please download this poster  or this poster   or this poster (or all three) and post wherever fans of Tolkien and fantasy may gather.

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