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Mythmoot II Paper Sessions Announced

There is literally and literarily something for everyone in the paper sessions at Mythmoot II, taking place December 13 – 15 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Scholars and fans are coming to the conference from all over the world to talk Tolkien and other topics during this weekend full of music, art, and a private screening of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

If you are already registered, you have a fun-filled weekend to look forward to. If you haven’t registered yet, perhaps this list of the paper sessions will prompt you to get signed up.

Saturday Session (Tracks are concurrent)

Track I – Tolkien Texts: The Hobbit & the King – Moderated by Alexis Heit

  • Isaac Juan Tomas: The “grim-faced and grim-voiced” Bard: Men, heroes and the origins of evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
  • Sørina Higgins: King Arthur Was an Elf! An Imaginary, Composite, Inklings Arthuriad
  • Thomas Johnson: “Now that I see him, I do pity him”: Exploring Gollum’s Literary and Cinematic Development(s)

Track II – The World of Middle-earth: Customs & Culture of Middle-earth – Moderated by Laura Berkholtz

  • Dominic J. Nardi, Jr.: The Law of the Rings: Re-evaluating Politics in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
  • Constance G.J. Wagner: Frodo and Faramir: Mirrors of Chivalry
  • David  Rowe: Proverbs of Middle-earth

Track III – Beyond Tolkien: Through Silver Glass (Imaginative Media) – Moderated by Laura Lee Smith

  • Curtis Weyant: Masks of Moloch: Demands of Sacrifice in Speculative Fiction and Film
  • Katherine Sas: “A Madman with a Blue Box”: Doctor Who as a Fairy-Tale
  • Michelle Markey Butler: Internet Memes as Crowdsourced Movie Review of The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey


Sunday Sessions (Tracks are concurrent)

Track I- Tolkien Texts: Tolkien’s Legendarium – Moderated by Trish Lambert

  • DMae Binkley: Teaching Middle-earth to middle school students in the middle of Alaska.
  • Sparrow Alden: Early Modern English Inflectional Morphology:  Not Just Another Pretty Spreadsheet
  • Sara Legard: Essential Dragons in Tolkien’s Writing Beyond Middle-earth

Track II- The World of Middle-earth: Cosmogony & Eschatology – Moderated by Isaac Juan-Tomas

  • Kevin R. Hensler: God and Ilúvatar: Tolkien’s Use of Biblical Parallels and Tropes in His Cosmogony
  • Dawn M. Walls-Thumma:  At the Root of the Tree of Tales: Using Comparative Myth and “On Fairy-Stories” to Analyze Tolkien’s Cosmogony
  • Rebekah Hunt: Beyond the Circles of the World: Death and the West in Tolkien’s Middle Earth Legendarium

Track III- Beyond Tolkien: Tolkien & Company

  • Kristine Larsen: Red Comets and Red Stars: Tolkien, Martin, and the Use of Astronomy in Fantasy Series
  • N. Trevor Brierly: Similarities between Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien and Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Shellie Kennedy: The relationship between Tolkien’s The Hobbit  and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Unexpected Adventure


The essential caveat: Session schedule is subject to change if the need arises.