Mythmoot II Proceedings

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The Mythgard Institute, in cooperation with the independent speakers from the conference, is proud to present the proceedings from Mythmoot II. Here you can find titles and authors of the presentations, and follow links to abstracts and full texts. We hope you enjoy these resources, and will consider joining us for future similar events! These presentations were given in six tracks, over the course of two days. Day one was comprised of tracks I.A-III.A, and day two was I.B-III.B.


You can download the entire proceedings here, or you can use the table below to find the exact presentations you would like.

Track I.A – Tolkien Texts: The Hobbit and the King

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

Track II.A – The World of Middle-earth: Customs and Culture of Middle-earth

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

Track III.A – Beyond Tolkien: Through Silver Glass (Imaginative Media)

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

Track I.B – Tolkien’s Texts: Tolkien’s Legendarium

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

Track II.B – The World of Middle-earth: Cosmogony and Eschatology

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

Track III.B – Beyond Tolkien: Tolkien and Company

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

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