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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


Conferences

Mythcon 30 – July/August 1999


Mythcon 30 was held in conjunction with Bree Moot 4.


Reports


Guests of Honor

  • Sylvia Hunnewell, fantasy artist
  • S. Gary Hunnewell, Tolkien scholar
  • Douglas A. Anderson, Tolkien and fantasy scholar

Partial List of Scheduled Programming

Updated: 7 July 1999

Papers

  • Janice Bogstad, “Sheri Tepper’s Fantasy Fiction”
  • David Bratman, “Top Ten Rejected Plot Twists from The Lord of the Rings
  • Timothy D. Callahan, “Fantasy Themes in Non-Fantasy Cinema”
  • Phil Coffman, “Symbolic Expression & Language in Tolkien’s Middle-earth”
  • Eleanor M. Farrell, “King Arthur ‘Lite’: Dilution of Mythic Elements in Arthurian Film”
  • Mike Foster, “In The Ringmaster’s Hand Revisited”
  • Mike Foster, “Ringo & Samwise: Paradigms?”
  • Anita Gorman, “The Road Goes Ever On: Song Cycles in Stevenson and Tolkien”
  • Philip E. Kaveny, “Lewis and the Great War”
  • David Lenander, “Eleanor Arnason’s Ring of Swords
  • Stanley Pelkey, “Chivalry and Anti-Chivalry in Farmer Giles of Ham
  • John Rateliff, “Karhu, Doolittle, and Bothvar Bjarki”
  • Gregory Rihn, “Tolkien the Borrower: Mordor and Blauwildebeestefontein”
  • David Salo, “Tolkien’s Application of Historical Linguistics to Elvish Language”
  • Dorothea Salo, “Introduction to Linguistics”
  • Dorothea Salo, “The Growth of Fantasy Languages: Dunsany to Le Guin”
  • William A.S. Sarjeant, “Pastoral Farming in the Shire”
  • Fernando J. Soto, “Lewis and ‘Joy’”
  • Dwayne Thorpe, “Maps of Desire”

Panels

  • “I Want My MTV: Millenial Themes in Contemporary Television” (Edith Crowe, Berni Phillips, Arden Smith, Joan Marie Verba, Eleanor M. Farrell)
  • Tolkien, Roman Catholicism and the Birmingham Oratory” (Nancy Martsch, Matt Fisher, Mike Foster, Adam Schwartz)
  • Hidden Meanings in Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis” (Fernando J. Soto, Ted Sherman)
  • His Dark Materials: Where Can Pullman Go From Here?” (Richard West, Janice Bogstad, Verlyn Flieger, Ted Sherman)
  • Tolkien Fandom, Clubs, and Fanzines” (Nancy Martsch, Gary Hunnewell, John Houghton)
  • Farmer Giles of Ham: The 50th Anniversary” (Richard West, Douglas A. Anderson)
  • Analysis of Tolkien’s Theory of Fairy Stories” (Fernando J. Soto, Verlyn Flieger)

Other Categories

  • Douglas A. Anderson, Slide show on illustrating and annotating The Hobbit
  • Douglas A. Anderson, “Episodes in the Life of a Scholar/Researcher: Rediscovering Snergs, Excavating Obscure Dead Authors, and Pleasant Encounters with Nonagenarians” (GoH Speech)
  • Gary Hunnewell, GoH Speech
  • Sylvia Hunnewell, GoH presentation
  • Ted Nasmith, Slide show
  • Dorothea Salo, “Introduction to Linguistics” (lecture)
  • William A.S. Sarjeant, “Dinosaur Fiction” (lecture)
  • Play (reading): The Archdruid by Kenneth Morris (organized by Douglas A. Anderson)
  • Play: “St. Cecilia’s Day 1963″ (Mike Foster, et al.)
  • The Not-Ready-for-Mythcon Players
  • Banquet and Presentation of Mythopoeic Awards
  • Annual General Meeting of the Tolkien Collectors of America
  • Council General of the Restored Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor

Participatory Events

  • The traditional Mythcon Opening Procession
  • Discussion: “Current Fantasy and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominees” (hosted by Butterbur’s Woodshed)
  • Discussion: “Works of P.C. Hodgell” (hosted by David Lenander)
  • The Second Annual Mythcon Book Toss (sponsored by the Khazad-dûm discussion group)
  • Golfimbul (when you least expect it)
  • Mythopoeic Society Annual Members’ Meeting
  • Costume Masquerade
  • Beyond Bree Goblin Market
  • Mythopoeic Society Auction
  • Bardic circles
  • BreeMoot Improvisational Rock ‘n’ Filk Jam (hosted by Mike Foster & David Emerson)
  • Field trips to the Tolkien archives at Marquette University