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Mythopoeic Society

a non-profit organization devoted to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the Inklings, and the genres of myth and fantasy


Mythopoeic Awards

Mythopoeic Awards – 1996

Fantasy Awards

Adult Literature

  • Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand *
  • Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop
  • All the Bells on Earth by James P. Blaylock
  • The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Dragon Path by Kenneth Morris

Children’s Literature

  • The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones *
  • The Boggart by Susan Cooper
  • Falcon’s Egg by Luli Gray
  • Wren’s War by Sherwood Smith
  • The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh

Scholarship Awards

Inklings Studies

  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist & Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull *
  • The Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Mask and Mirror by Kath Filmer
  • The Hobbit: A Journey into Maturity by William H. Green
  • C.S. Lewis: A Reference Guide, 1972-1988 by Susan Lowenberg
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Patterning of a Fantastic World by Colin Manlove

Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers by Marina Warner *
  • T.H. White’s The Once and Future King by Elisabeth Brewer
  • The Seed and the Vision: On the Writing and Appreciation of Children’s Books by Eleanor Cameron
  • When Toys Come Alive: Narratives of Animation, Metamorphosis, and Development by Lois Rostow Kuznets

Acceptance Remarks

Elizabeth Hand
Author, Waking the Moon
(1996 Mythopoeic Award for Adult Fantasy Literature)

Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart, for honoring Waking the Moon with this award. Like every other fantasist on earth, my literary touchstones have been Lewis, and Tolkien, and Charles Williams. I first read Lewis’s The Great Divorce when I was seven, Perelandra a year or so later, and The Lord of the Rings at the more civilized age of ten, by which time I could actually understand some of what was on the page. The books imprinted on me as few others did. Their authors cast long shadows, and I am moved and very grateful to be recognized by the Mythopoeic Society as standing in those shadows. Thank you, thank you.


Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull
Authors, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
(1996 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Scholarship)

Christina: It has been almost exactly four years since another banquet, at the Tolkien Centenary Conference, when Christopher Tolkien asked if we would be interested in writing a book about his father’s art. Of course we were, very interested. Since then, we have had many trials and labors, not least our long transatlantic separation during the writing of our book. It gives us special pleasure, then, to be in Boulder together, partners in life as well as in writing, to accept this award, with many thanks to the Mythopoeic Society.

Wayne: We would especially like to thank so many of you in the audience, who have come up to us at this conference and said so many good words about our book. The Tolkien family, and our primary publisher, HarperCollins, are pleased with it too, and on its strength, we hope, will soon give us another Tolkien book to write or edit. What that may be, we cannot say at this time, but there are many exciting prospects. We also hope to be able to write a book on the art of Pauline Baynes, possibly in time for the C.S. Lewis centenary in 1998. Meanwhhile, we will look at this award as constant encouragement.