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Mythcon 44 - July 12-15, 2013

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Mythcon 44

Green and Growing:
The Land and Its Inhabitants in Fantasy

Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
July 12-15, 2013

Green and Growing:
The Land and Its Inhabitants in Fantasy

How does mythopoeic literature address the relationship between the land and its inhabitants, between the wild and the cultivated? What are their respective moral values, their dangers and delights? Tangled forests, majestic trees, the ordered fields, the carefully tended gardens; or untamed, wild beauty: each offers a different kind of bounty to those who would live off the land. What role do advocates and protectors of the land play in fantasy literature, particularly as personified in characters such as Yavanna, Radagast, Sam Gamgee and, of course, Tom Bombadil. Our theme also voices many a cautionary tale-- Tolkien's Dead Marshes, the scouring of the Shire, the desolations of Smaug, Saruman and Sauron, the unnatural winter in Narnia-- inviting eco-critical approaches to mythopoeic literature. From the whimsical wild places of Baum, Seuss and Sendak; to the mysterious and often tutelary landscapes of Orwell, Garner and Burroughs-- not to mention those of our favorite Inklings-- we invite papers on any aspect of the green and growing land in mythopoeic writing.

Douglas Anderson

Guests of Honor

Douglas A. Anderson - Scholar Guest of Honor
Winner of the 1990 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies for The Annotated Hobbit and as co-winner of the 1994 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies for J.R.R. Tolkien, A Descriptive Bibliography by Wayne G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson.

Franny Billingsley

Franny Billingsley - Author Guest of Honor
Winner of the 2000 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature for The Folk Keeper.

Progress Reports & Schedule

View or Download Mythcon 44 Advance Schedule here. (PDF)

View or Download Mythcon 44 PR#1 here.

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View or Download Mythcon 44 PR#3 here.

Mythcon 44 Reports

Troels' links to various Mythcon 44 reports


The current daytime schedule for Mythcon 44 is now available online; we will keep it updated if there are changes. Remember that Mythcon's evening entertainments are a lot of fun after a day of mental stimulation:

There will be a Bardic Circle and Hospitality Suite each evening after scheduled programming ends.

Download the Mythcon 44 Papers Schedule


For historic purposes.
Online and Mail-In registration for Mythcon 44 has ended as of June 26, 2013. You may register for the full conference at the door for $90 and one-day memberships will be $50 at the door. No room and meals package is available to on-site registrants but meals may be purchased individually at the Brody Dining Room; meal packages and single Banquet tickets are available online until July 1, 2013; order here.

There are a few off-site hotels fairly close to the conference center. If you have questions, please contact:

Aug 7 - Jan 25 Jan 26 - June 25 At the door
Conference registration Mythopoeic Society members’ rate $65 $75 $90
Conference registration Non-member’s rate $80 $90 $90
Conference registration Student's rate * $50 $60 $70
Conference registration Children (under 12) Free Free Free

* Students must present current, active student ID at check-in to get this rate.

Room & Board

Meals Only

Deadline for Meal packages is July 5.
Those who will not be staying at the hotel can purchase a package with meals only: includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch and banquet ticket.

Meal Package (Fri dinner, Sat lunch/dinner, Sun lunch/banquet) $92

Those who will not be staying at the hotel or eating any of the meals can still purchase a ticket for the banquet on Sunday night:
Banquet only (Sunday) $50

Meals and Lodging

Deadline for Room & Board packages has now passed and we can no longer guarantee these special rates; please contact the conference by email to inquire.
Full room and board packages include lodging for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, along with the following meals: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast, lunch and banquet ticket; and Monday breakfast.

Fri, Sat, Sun with Meals - Single Occupancy $455
Fri, Sat, Sun with Meals - Double Occupancy (per person) $285

(Those desiring to share a room must arrange their own roommate and notify Conference Registration of the name of the roommates.)

Additional Lodging

Coming early or leaving a day later? Extra nights (Room Only) are available. (We are not selling meals in advance for these extra days, but the dining room serves walk-ins.)

Extra Night – Thursday – Double Occupancy (per person) $57.50
Extra Night – Thursday – Single Occupancy $115
Extra Night – Monday – Double Occupancy (per person) $57.50
Extra Night – Monday –Single Occupancy $115

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