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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?


Mythcon 44

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

Green and Growing: The Land and Its Inhabitants in Fantasy

Douglas A. Anderson, Franny Billingsley, guests of honor



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