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Mythgard Academy aims to make engaging discussions of fantasy and science fiction literature free and open to everyone. The Mythgard Academy program features live discussions with Dr. Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor, and other experts on speculative fiction. Books are nominated and voted on by our supporters, and recordings are available for free via podcast and the Signum University YouTube channel.
 
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Council of Elrond 23: 06/16/2020 In which The Professor discusses Gandalf’s recounting of his meeting with Denathor and his “hoard” of books. Boromir’s interjection is discussed and we begin Isildur’s written account of The Ring. Field Trip: Angmar, Kusle Lannan & Gorothlad “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkie…
 
Council of Elrond 22: 06/09/2020 In which The Professor delves into Gandalf’s search for the ring’s identity and his trip to Minas Tirith’s archives. Field Trip Minas: Angmar, Minas Agar, Minas Maur “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings…
 
Council of Elrond 21: 06/02/2020 In which the Professor deconstructs Galdor’s reference to the “long-debated ring,” Sauruman’s comment about hope cheating Sauron, and Gandalf’s account of chasing Gollum and researching the ring. Sauruman’s study of the rings and his connection to the White Council (and 2 elven ring bearers) is discussed. “Deeds wil…
 
Council of Elrond Session 20: 05/26/2020 In which the professor discusses Gandalf’s investigation into the ring’s identity and history and the tracking down of Gollum. Field Trip: Barad Gularan ~Monica/Vilori “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings…
 
Council of Elrond Session 19: 05192020 In which the professor discusses Galdor’s intent again, and the word “trove.” Elrond introduces Gandalf and it is discussed why he uses the name “Gandalf” instead of “Mithrandir.” It’s discussed why Gandalf took so long to decipher the identity of Bilbo’s ring. Gandalf acknowledges that it did take too long, b…
 
Council of Elrond Session 18: 14052020 In which The Professor dissects Bilbo’s recounting, and it’s debated why Elrond is allowing the Ring’s Story to be told in this haphazard manner. Did he have a set agenda or is he winging it? Frodo’s account is given and it’s debated who interrupted his story for more detail. Bilbo comments that Frodo’s retell…
 
Council of Elrond Session 17: 05052020 Bilbo calls for a lunch break, but Elrond asks him to relate his account of taking the ring from Gollum and shows again his remarkable grasp of hobbitry. Bilbo refers to his dislike of being labeled “thief” and the implications of that. Field Trip: Himbar and discussing the hierarchy of the Angmar forces. “Dee…
 
Council of Elrond Session 16: 04282020 In which the Professor dissects Boromir’s request for proof that Frodo’s ring is Isildur’s bane, and his general tone of his request. We debate Elrond’s use of “shall” in “That shall be told.” Field Trip: Himbar and the local village outside Carn Dum. “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.…
 
Council of Elrond Session 14: 04-14-2020 In which The Professor delves into Bilbo’s heated recitation of his “All That is Gold Does not Glitter” poem at the Council, and the intended audience is discussed. Aragorn addresses Boromir’s doubts and tries to assuage them. Field Trip: Gabilshathur, an Angmar Dwarf Settlement “Deeds will not be less valia…
 
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