Mythgard Miscellany

Welcome, friend, to Mythgard Miscellany! Miscellany is a catch-all place for fan and scholar creation. A place for us to gather, share, and celebrate the works we love, and broaden our fantasy horizons – often including, but also well-beyond Middle Earth. Here, we’ll share thoughts and insights about books and films, and highlight the creativity of our community. Want to share a short masterclass? Exhibit your art? Perform your poetry? Record a panel discussion on a topic of your choice? This is your chance! We want to celebrate your passions, research, hobbies, and ideas on this new platform.

We’ll aim to curate all content as it is created into easy to navigate hubs – so no matter what you’re a fan of, you’ll find your home here. But keep in mind- it’s a work in progress.

Other Minds and Hands – An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation

Thursdays at 4:30pm EST

On our Youtube, Tolkien Professor podcast, and Twitch channels.

Join The Tolkien Professor, Dr Corey Olsen, and Mythgard’s Adaptation expert Dr Maggie Parke, for a pleasant and curious chat about adaptations, analysis, ideas, and info.

Catch up on our episodes here.

A stack of middle-grade fantasy novels!

Pub Night Read Aloud

Gather the kids and comfort food, it’s Pub Night Read Aloud! You can offer to read a piece up to 10 minutes by emailing [email protected], or simply register, show up, and listen to good readers and great stories. It’s cozy, friendly, and companionable; all welcome.

Sunday, June 18, 6pm Eastern

Register here for the Zoom

Pub Night: A Day in the Life of a Screen Reader User

What’s it like to perceive digital information with a screen reader? Christopher Bartlet gives us a tour of the ups, down, frustrations, and comic relief of screen reader use. Teachers, supervisors, students, friends, colleagues: all are welcome to come, learn, ask questions, and perhaps find ways to communicate better.

Sunday, July 16 at 6:00 PM Eastern

Register here for the Zoom

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An African village is nestled in the shelter of some oasis trees in a landscape of sere beauty.

Pub Night Book Chat: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Have you read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor yet?? Well here’s your chance to re-read it or—if you’re very lucky—read it for the first time! This rich, complex story is a one-weekend-read novella… and it’ll take you right out of your body to the stars. It is exactly WOW. We will chat, gush, ask questions of one another over our favorite pub snacks and beverages.  Pub Night is cozy, friendly, and companionable; all welcome.

Sunday, September 17, 6pm Eastern

Register here for the Zoom

Pub Night: Knitting socks

This Pub Night has passed, these links live on. And don’t worry, we’ll knit together again some day!

  • Judy’s Magic Cast-on
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Short row heel
  • Here are my own tutorials one, two, and three. You will hear references to my former fandom in which I was an enthusiastic participant. Unfortunately, the author of the work which I loved has proven to be someone who hates my family. What a loss for that person that they no longer enjoy my positive regard.
Four wee ornament socks white with a green intarsia tree, freen with a red intarsia cardinal, red with two white intarsia snowflakes and a green striped one.

How can you get involved?

Community Contributors

We want to hear from you!

All are invited to submit a piece of art, cosplay, music, film, a paper, a mini-class, a poem, dance performance, analysis, discussion, a recipe for lembas, a cake interpretation of the Goblet of Fire, or a model of Lyra’s Oxford… whatever! Dream big, and we’ll help offer a platform for you to share.

Submit your work now!

Experts at Mythgard:

Do you have an expertise you want to share? These are for professional academics, practitioners, and industry experts who wish to share a one-off lecture, or a short-series class you could teach, or a panel you could create. We’d love to hear about it!

For example:

  • Open Classes– 30-60 minute sessions on a topic
  • Chats-  45-60 minute panels and roundtables to explore a theme.
  • Columns- Short written pieces on a subject
  • Presentations – recordings or short films
  • We’re open to other formats – get in touch!
  • Let us know a bit more here

More questions? email us! [email protected]

Topics in the works:

Science Fiction, Adaptation, Gothic Lit, Fantasy Lit, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sherlock, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Conventions/Cosplay/Fan Culture, Crime Fiction, Marvel, DC, Languages and Translations, Disney/Pixar, Classics, Pop Culture – Television/Streaming series, or Films/Limited Series… for a start.  Write to us with more ideas!

The Elements of Miscellany…thus far

Mythgard Movie Club is back, and we’ll be discussing 2022’s The Batman (dir Matt Reeves). We’ll chat about Batman through the years, how this fits in, the adaptation and writing journey, take questions, and talk to some superfans and superfancritics as we ponder and pontificate the allure of this batty hero.
Date: Sunday, August 7
Time: 3pm EST

Join us as we geek out on films we love, hate, and need to debate! Books and games into films is a hot topic, and we’ll help you navigate the terrain! Join Dr. Maggie Parke, Director of Mythgard, PhD in Adaptations and Fan Management, and her panels of nerd experts, talking about recent adaptations.

Join the live zoom webinar here! Or catch it later and add comments on our YouTube channel.

Click here for the archive of original MMC  for science fiction and fantasy films and television.

Asynchronously discuss the SilmFilm project, Mythgard on LOTRO, Mythgard Academy, or simply hang in the Community Hearth (the writers hang over in that corner with all the spilled ink). Click here to reach the Mythgard Forums!

More Elements are Coming!

WriterSpace is open time to work on your own projects in good company.  Our cooperative virtual space is designed for creative writers — and all are welcome, whatever your project.

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Check out the Signum University community on Discord – hang out with a couple of thousand other members and enjoy free voice and text chat.

Want to see what’s on other Mythgardians’ reading lists?  Make it easy for your fellow dragons read your reviews? Click here to reach the Mythgard group on Goodreads!