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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.
 
Less of a podcast and more of an audio blog, Jegcast is usually recorded on my phone during my commute to and from work. I talk to myself about video games, MMORPGs, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, and a whole slew of other extremely nerdy things. It is terrible. You have been warned.
 
Join the father and son podcasting team of Michael and Micah (12 years old) as we discuss current news regarding all things J.R.R. Tolkien: literature, movies, audio, video, games, festivals, events, music, and more. We also delve deep into the world of Arda and Middle-earth via Tolkien's writings to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world he created.
 
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Week 23: Where Dante succumbs to the lure of base arguments and wishes he was merely in a dream. And where a bugle blast messes with Dante’s vision, and towers become giants, and not nice ones either. And Dante’s absolute terror returns and his wish to be anywhere else but the road to Hell. But Virgil trades Dante’s fame card for a ride in Antaeus …
 
04/20/2021 Episode 183: Council of Elrond Session 59 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https:…
 
04/13/2021 Episode 182: Council of Elrond Session 58 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which we discuss the “Orc Problem.” Boromir and Elrond face off c…
 
04/06/2021 Episode 181: Council of Elrond Session 57 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are coming this week hopefully, so stay tuned for more info. In which Elrond explains why using the ring is a bad idea. What are the dynamics of ring ownership? …
 
Week 20: Where we call bologna on Dante’s talent curbing and clearly see the simple summer simile. Where with Ulysses we pass the columns, and the poles, and founder on the shores of Mount Purgatory having found the earth round. Where we hear that one cannot logically be absolved before, or during, the commission of an evil deed or counsel. Sorry, …
 
03/30/2021 Episode 180: Council of Elrond Session 56 Mythmoot will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are pending, so stay tuned for more info. In which a decidedly unelven plan to unmake the ring is proposed by Elrond. Did Elrond always want to destroy the ring after…
 
\Week 19: A Place Among the Classics In the seventh pocket of the eighth circle, the fraudulent thieves are beset with snakes. Dante calls them all serpents, but some have six legs, and some none; some are caliente, peppercorn serpents, and some are winged, fiery dragons; some are smoking, and some are boring. Later, while describing the transforma…
 
Week 17: Now into the second half of the Malebolge, we look back at the closing line of Canto 21 and The Comedy's lack of humor. Then on to Canto 23, where Aesop’s frog and mouse story is called upon to warn Dante against trusting too closely the partnership of Demons. And Virgil luges Dante down the rocky slope, making a quick escape from pocket 5…
 
03/09/2021 177: Council of Elrond Session 53 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we consider why the Valar refuse to help/take the ring. Were the 3 elven rings a mistake? A discussion on how …
 
03/02/2021 176: Council of Elrond Session 52 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Glorfindel points out that hiding the ring only delays the inevitable, even if Bombadil could be trusted with …
 
Week 15: We revisit the Baptistery of San Giovanni and notice the inversions in Dante’s destroying holy furniture to save a life while the popes destroy lives to save holy money for themselves. But what is with all the feet? And do you think Boniface saw the funny side of his little cameo, or would he be depressed in determinism like his predecesso…
 
ELOTR 175: Council of Elrond Session 51 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we discuss what the “change of days,” is for Tom Bombadil. Chief Councilor, Erestor has a suggestion about leaving …
 
Week 13: At the waterfall edge of the 7th circle Dante gives up his belt to conjure a ride. What is the truth which seems a lie? Poetic allegory of course. For Dante breaks the 4th wall to give his poem a name, Comedy, and to swear that he saw a beast swim in the air up the waterfall. Geryon is the impossible thing, but that’s ok, he’s a fraud. No,…
 
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