This is the Mythcon 51 presentations video archival page. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Council of Stewards has decided to host a virtual “Halfling” event, July 31-August 1, 2021. “Those interested in attending the significantly cheaper online event should register for the Virtual "Halfling" Mythcon 51, here.

The virtual approach will be very different from our usual Mythcons, but what we miss out on we hope to make up for in new and different ways, and we’ll see everyone in person again, once it’s safe to do so. On some level this is a chance to get back to our Mythopoeic Society roots and gather with friends (if virtually!) to just discuss what we love.

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2021
Saturday, July 31st
9:00 AM

Mythcon 51 Opening Ceremony

Janet Croft, University of Northern Iowa
Leslie Donovan, University of New Mexico
Megan B. Abrahamson, Central New Mexico Community College

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome to Mythcon 51, our Virtual Halfling Mythcon!

10:00 AM

Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth, Part 1

Cami Agan
Birgitte Breemerkamp
Nicholas Birns
Marie Bretagnolle
Robin Reid

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth, Part 1

Panel by Cami Again, Birgette Breemerkamp, Nicholas Birns, Marie Bretagnolle, and Robin Reid.

Tech Mod: Tim Lenz

Philology and the Lived Imagination: Vico, Collingwood, and Tolkien

Reno Lauro

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Philology and the Lived Imagination: Vico, Collingwood, and Tolkien.

Paper presented by Reno Lauro.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

Q&A with Mythopoeic Award Winners

Dennis Wise
James Gifford
Theodora Goss
Yoon Ha Lee

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Q&A with Mythopoeic Award Winners


Roundtable by Dennis Wise, James Gifford, Theodora Goss, and Yoon Ha Lee.

Tech Mod: Cait Rottler

11:00 AM

'Her Enchanted Hair': Rossetti, 'Lady Lilith,' and the Victorian Fascination with Hair as Influences on Tolkien

Kathryn Colvin

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

'Her Enchanted Hair': Rossetti, 'Lady Lilith,' and the Victorian Fascination with Hair as Influences on Tolkien


Paper by Kathryn Colvin.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman

The Mythopoeic Fantasy and Scholarly Awards Discussions

David Lenander

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Mythopoeic Fantasy and Scholarly Awards Discussions


Roundtable by David Lenander.

Tech Mod: Cait Rottler.

(Un)Fair(ly) Unknown: New and Neglected Arthurian Television Programming

Carl B. Sell
Richard Fahey
Michael Torregrossa
Rachael K. Warmington

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

(Un)Fair(ly) Unknown: New and Neglected Arthurian Television Programming

Panel by Carl B. Sell, Richard Fahey, Michael Torregrossa, and Rachael K. Warmington

Tech Mod: Tim Lenz

12:00 PM

Adam’s Task: Naming and Subcreation in Good Omens

Janet Brennan Croft

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Adam’s Task: Naming and Subcreation in Good Omens

Paper by Janet Brennan Croft.

Tech Mod: Alicia Fox-Lenz.

The Keystone or the Cornerstone? A Rejoinder to Verlyn Flieger on the Alleged “Conflicting Sides” of Tolkien’s Singular Self

Donald Williams

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Keystone or the Cornerstone? A Rejoinder to Verlyn Flieger on the Alleged “Conflicting Sides” of Tolkien’s Singular Self

Paper by Donald Williams.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

1:30 PM

A Saga Re-Written: The Character of Odin and J.R.R. Tolkien's Addition of Eucatastrophe in "The New Lay of the Volsungs."

Matthew Gidney

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

A Saga Re-Written: The Character of Odin and J.R.R. Tolkien's Addition of Eucatastrophe in "The New Lay of the Volsungs."

Paper by Matthew Gidney.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

Mythopoeic Dungeons & Dragons

Megan Abrahamson
Bethany Abrahamson
Nyssa Gilkey
Cait Rottler

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Mythopoeic Dungeons & Dragons

Roundtable by Megan Abrahamson, Bethany Abrahamson, Nyssa Gilkey, and Cait Rottler.

Tech Mod: Alicia Fox-Lenz.

Writing Against the Grain: T. Kingfisher's Feminist Mythopoeic Fantasy

Robin Anne Reid

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Writing Against the Grain: T. Kingfisher's Feminist Mythopoeic Fantasy

Paper by Robin Anne Reid.

Tech Mod: Leslie Donovan.

2:30 PM

Etiam periere ruinae: Roman Ruins, Troubled Temporality, and HP Lovecraft's Alien Other

El Hudson

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Etiam periere ruinae: Roman Ruins, Troubled Temporality, and HP Lovecraft's Alien Other

Paper by El Hudson.

Tech Mod: Phillip Fitzsimmons.

Finding and Organizing Tolkien’s Invented Languages

Eileen Marie Moore

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Finding and Organizing Tolkien’s Invented Languages

Paper by Eileen Marie Moore.

Tech Mod: Leslie Donovan.

The Fantastic Short Story

Vicki Ronn

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The Fantastic Short Story

Roundtable by Vicki Ronn.

Tech Mod: Megan Abrahamson.

3:30 PM

Back to Camelot: 21st-century Reinterpretations of the Arthurian Mythos

Jennifer Spirko
Scott Johnson
Bradley McIlwain

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Back to Camelot: 21st-century Reinterpretations of the Arthurian Mythos

Roundtable by Jennifer Spirko, Scott Johnson, and Bradley McIlwain.

Tech Mod: Megan Abrahamson.

Mythopoeia in American Gods

Danica Stojanovic

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Mythopoeia in American Gods

Paper by Danica Stojanovic.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

Other Than Him: Superman as the Alien That Made Good

Roy Schwartz

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Other Than Him: Superman as the Alien That Made Good

Paper by Roy Schwartz.

Tech Mod: Tim Lenz.

4:30 PM

Habla Amigo y Entra: Tolkien and the Language of Wonder

Martha Celis-Mendoza
Guillermo Don Juan
Aline Esperanza Maza Vázquez
Jorge de la Vega

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Habla Amigo y Entra: Tolkien and the Language of Wonder

Panel by Martha Celis-Mendoza, Guillermo Don Juan, Aline Esperanza Maza Vázquez, and Jorge de la Vega.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

Realizing History: Tolkien and the Desire called Marx

Robert Tally

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Realizing History: Tolkien and the Desire called Marx

Paper by Robert Tally.

Tech Mod: Cami Agan

Spoilers & Sequels; Bifurcated Fandoms in the Age of Adaptation

Joseph Young
Paul Tankard
Lana Whited

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Spoilers & Sequels; Bifurcated Fandoms in the Age of Adaptation

Panel by Joseph Young, Paul Tankard, and Lana Whited.

Tech Mod: Joan Marie Verba.

Sunday, August 1st
10:00 AM

Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth, Part 2

Cami Agan
Maria Alberto
Rebecca Davis
Kenton Sena
Kaelyn Harris

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth, Part 2

Panel by Cami Agan, Maria Alberto, Rebecca Davis, Kenton Sena, and Kaelyn Harris.

Tech Mod: Holly Felmlee

Eärendil’s Errand and “Errantry”

Janet Brennan Croft
David Bratman
David Emerson
Verlyn Flieger

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Eärendil’s Errand and “Errantry”

Panel by Janet Brennan Croft, David Bratman, David Emerson, and Verlyn Flieger.

Tech Mod: Alicia Fox-Lenz.

The Philosophy and Theology of Fairy-Stories: Fantasy, Escape, Recovery, and Consolation

Giovanni Costabile

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

The Philosophy and Theology of Fairy-Stories: Fantasy, Escape, Recovery, and Consolation

Paper by Giavanni Costabile.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

11:00 AM

From Malacandra to Mars: Representations of the Red Planet in C. S. Lewis, Robert Sawyer, and Andy Weir

William Thompson

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

From Malacandra to Mars: Representations of the Red Planet in C. S. Lewis, Robert Sawyer, and Andy Weir

Paper by William Thompson.

Tech Mod: Holly Felmlee.

Lil Nas X’s Montero: A Visual Mythology.

Alicia Fox-Lenz

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Lil Nas X’s Montero: A Visual Mythology.

Roundtable by Alicia Fox-Lenz.

Tech Mod: Tim Lenz.

Transmedia Mythopoeia: Towards an Interactive Mythology?

Brian Thomson

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Transmedia Mythopoeia: Towards an Interactive Mythology?

Roundtable by Brian Thomson.

Tech Mod: Leslie Donovan.

12:00 PM

Fairy Tale Retellings for the Modern World.

Sarena Ulibarri
Reese Hogan
Charlotte Honigman
Wendy Nikel
Lissa Sloan

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Fairy Tale Retellings for the Modern World.

Panel by Sarena Ulibarri, Reese Hogan, Charlotte Honigman, Wendy Nikel, and Lissa Sloan.

Tech Mod: Joan Marie Verba.

“Long Anguish and Self-Murdering Thought”: Gollum and the Figure of Jealousy in The Faerie Queene

Anne Acker

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

“Long Anguish and SelfMurdering Thought”: Gollum and the Figure of Jealousy in The Faerie Queene

Paper by Anne Acker.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

The Speculative Worldbuilding of ADÁL’s Blueprints for a Nation

Matthew David Goodwin

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Speculative Worldbuilding of ADÁL’s Blueprints for a Nation

Paper by Matthew David Goodwin.

Tech Mod: Phillip Fitzsimmons.

1:00 PM

Q&A with Unofficial Mythsoc Historian Lee Speth

Alicia Fox-Lenz
Lee Speth

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Q&A with Unofficial Mythsoc Historian Lee Speth

Roundtable by Alicia Fox-Lenz and Lee Speth.

Tech Mod: Megan Abrahamson.

The Personhood of Nature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium

Sophia Parrila

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Personhood of Nature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium

Paper by Sophia Parrila.

Tech Mod: Cait Rottler.

2:00 PM

Faerie Reality in The Spiral Dance by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson

Robert Tredray

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Faerie Reality in The Spiral Dance by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson

Paper by Robert Tredray.

Tech Mod: Holly Felmlee.

How Mythopoeic Stories Carve Space For Change

Rivera Sun

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

How Mythopoeic Stories Carve Space For Change

Roundtable by Rivera Sun.

Tech Mod: Leslie Donovan.

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

John Rosegrant

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Paper by John Rosegrant.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.

3:00 PM

Race, Racisms, and Tolkien

Megan Abrahamson
Robin Reid
Craig Franson
Will Sherwood
Helen Young

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Race, Racisms, and Tolkien

Roundtable by Megan Abrahamson, Robin Reid, Craig Franson, Will Sherwood, and Helen Young.

Tech Mod: Tim Lenz.

Spray-painting the Sistine Chapel: Aesthetic Problems in Leaf by Niggle

John Holmes

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Spray-painting the Sistine Chapel: Aesthetic Problems in Leaf by Niggle

Paper by John Holmes.

Tech Mod: Cami Agan.

Sterner Stuff: Sansa Stark and the System of Gothic Fantasy

Joseph Young

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Sterner Stuff: Sansa Stark and the System of Gothic Fantasy

Paper by Joseph Young.

Tech Mod: Jessica Dickinson Goodman.