The Grey Havens Group (from Longmont, CO, and one of the coolest Tolkien/mythopoeic discussion groups ever) has a nice round up of blog posts and a podcast about the weekend.
Presentations covered a variety of topics, such as:
- How the Respective Cosmogonies of Narnia and Middle-earth Affect Grief and Hope in the Environment (Trish Lambert)
Ms Lambert brings a fresh awareness of grief in the Lord of the Rings from the characters' perspective. See More on Mythcon.
- Tolkien's Painterly Style: Landscapes in The Lord of the Rings (Anna Smol)
Ms Smol and colleague draw our attention to Tolkien's brilliant use of painterly techniques to bring his landscapes alive - it's obvious only after they point it out. See More on Mythcon.
- Good Plain Food: Diet and Virtue in the Fantasies of Tolkien and Lewis (Kris Swank)
Ms Swank reconsiders the age-old assumption that elves, as Good People, are vegetarians. Conclusion: Good guys in Lewis and Tolkien are locavores, not vegetarians.
- The Musical Heart of the Lands of Narnia and Middle-earth (Dan Kinney)
Mr Kinney makes his academic presentation debut! and (among other things) makes a good case for his conclusion that Aslan did not sing Narnia into creation... It was already there!
- How Forests Behave—Or Do They? (Verlyn Flieger)
Dr Flieger examines the evidence and concludes that even Tolkien did not fully understand the Hurons.... Style time: When Tolkien wants to distance himself from an explanation (i.e., not give it full weight and authority), he has Merry say it.
- Giving Evil a Name: Buffy's Glory, Angel's Jasmine, and the Limiting (and Limited) Magic of Names (Janet Brennan Croft)
Very fun - I wish I'd taken notes on this one. But I'm pretty sure it is coming soon to a scholarly publication near you!
- A Linguistic Exploration through Tolkien's Earliest Landscapes (Andrew Higgins)
A cool sneak preview of Mr Higgins' thesis... He is focusing on the genesis of Tolkien's land and languages (1910's and 1920's if memory serves).
- Concerning Hobbits: Tolkien and the Trauma of England’s 19th/20th Century Transition (Ryan W. Smith)
An impressive debut!
Dr. Flieger won this year's Inkings Studies award for her most recent book of essays, Green Suns and Faërie.