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.

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Pub Night Read Aloud: Winter Holiday Edition!

Cozy, celebratory, cocoa-themed… Please join us for some really lovely readings which embrace the full spectrum of seasonal celebrations.  If you’d like to read a favorite tale about the holidays of light, please write to [email protected]. Whether you’re reading or you wish to simply attend and enjoy the great stories, register below for the zoom.

Sunday, December 18, 6pm Eastern

Register here

Pub Night: Three Minute Fiction Slam

Sunday, January 15 at 6:00 PM Eastern

Three minutes? Yes.

Show us how you can compress a story and serve us up diamonds in an original fiction spoken word event at Pub Night. Writers will read or perform their works or may rely on a Designated Reader to deliver their tale. Just want to listen to the stories? Fabulous! Audience welcome! Bring your refreshing pub beverage of choice, some salty snacks. Sparrow will light the fire and put a lantern in the window.

Writers, Designated Readers, and Audience Register for the Zoom Here.

Writers, Also Register Your Contact Info Here.

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Pub Night Chat: The Dark Crystal!

Cozy informal conversation for Dark Crystal fans and new discoverers!  Kerra Fletcher will facilitate an enthusiastic chat about the stories you love from the movie, TV show, books, lore, fandom, graphic lit!  What has the story of the Dark Crystal meant in our lives? What do we wonder? How do we wish to grow the fandom?  Register below for the zoom.

Sunday, February 5, 6pm Eastern

Register here

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!