Tag Archive for scholarly history

The Lord of the Rings: A Cultural Studies and Audience Reception Approach

After having my introduction to Mythgard through Corey Olsen’s Mythgard Academy courses, I was woefully ill-prepared for a Cultural Studies class. Ultimately, it was a fantastic introduction to graduate work, but at first I was thrown for a loop. Unlike the classes I’ve taken with Prof Olsen where the course is structured very loosely, Robin Reid’s course was more firmly… Read more →

Finding Mythgard

I seem to be sort of an anomaly at Mythgard, having never really listened to Corey Olsen’s Tolkien Professor podcast. I’ve never really been one for podcasts. However, in early 2014 I was searching for a way to take classes in Tolkien, to have other people to seriously discuss his works with, and I stumbled upon the Mythgard Academy. I… Read more →

A tale of woe and bathtubs

Today, I share with you the story of how I’ve come to possess 3 (soon to be 4) copies of The Lord of the Rings. Back in 1998 I started high school, and I was taking journalism with this young teacher named Van Wyk. I absolutely adored Van Wyk, he was  wiry, skinny, vaguely dangerously Russian looking — what I… Read more →