Mythlore is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Mythopoeic Society that focuses on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and the genres of myth and fantasy.


Mythlore was founded in 1969 by the late Glen GoodKnight, Founder of the Mythopoeic Society. He edited its first 84 issues, with the exception of issues 18–23, which were edited by Gracia Fay Ellwood. In its early years, Mythlore was a “fanzine” that, in addition to scholarly articles, columns, and book and media reviews, included a great deal of art work, poetry, and other creative work. Over the years, the articles became more and more exclusively scholarly, and the creative work and fiction reviews moved to sister publications like Mythprint and Mythic Circle. When Dr. Theodore Sherman of Middle Tennessee State University assumed the editorship with issue #85 in 1999, Mythlore completed its transformation into a refereed scholarly journal publishing only articles and reviews. At that time, its format also changed from 8½” x 11” to 6½” x 9”. Janet Brennan Croft, currently of the University of Northern Iowa, became editor in 2006 and switched to a double-issue format with issue #93/94. The journal was published in two double issues per year, in approximately April and November through Spring 2013. In Fall 2013 the double issue numbering was dropped starting with issue #123, and electronic subscriptions became available for individuals.

Current Issue: Volume 42, Number 1 Fall/Winter 2023, #143 (2023)

Editorial Introduction


Janet Brennan Croft



Mythos to Myth to Mythopoeia: A Cyclical Process
Ashna Mary Jacob and Nirmala Menon

Notes and Letters


"A Fearful Weapon"
Verlyn Flieger


Nine Tolkien Scholars Respond to Charles W. Mills’s “The Wretched of Middle-Earth: An Orkish Manifesto”
Robin Anne Reid, Bianca Beronio, Robert T. Tally, Cait Coker, Cami Agan, Robert Stuart, Charlotte Krausz, Tom Ue, and Helen Young


To the Editor
Charles (Chuck) Huttar


In Memoriam: Mike Foster
Janet Brennan Croft

Book Reviews

Briefly Noted


    • Janet Brennan Croft, University of Northern Iowa


      • Phillip Fitzsimmons, Administrator of Mythlore and Society Archives, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

      Editorial Advisory Board

      • Verlyn Flieger, University of Maryland, College Park
      • Charles Huttar, Hope College
      • Peter J. Schakel, Hope College
      • Rev. John W. Houghton, The Hill School, Pottstown
      • Douglas A. Anderson, Independent Scholar
      • Donna R. White, Arkansas Tech University
      • Christopher Vaccaro, University of Vermont
      • Robin Anne Reid, Independent Scholar