Corey Olsen

Dr. Corey Olsen – suit and tie

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member Ex Officio; Lecturer

Corey Olsen is president of Signum University. He brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation though his podcast, The Tolkien Professor.

Dr. Corey Olsen is the President of Signum University and Mythgard Institute. In addition to teaching classes on J.R.R. Tolkien, Chaucer, and modern fantasy literature for Signum, Dr. Olsen has extended the concept of the digital classroom to include non-traditional outlets. Through the Mythgard Academy, he offers free weekly lectures on works of speculative fiction chosen by Signum University supporters, and he has embraced the “new literature” of cinema and video game adaptations through interactive programs such as The Silmarillion Film Project and in-game discussions of Lord of the Rings Online.

On his teaching website, The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Olsen brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation. His website features a series of detailed lectures on The Hobbit and recordings of the weekly meetings of the Silmarillion Seminar, which worked its way through the Silmarillion chapter by chapter, as well as more informal Q&A sessions with listeners. His book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, was published by Houghton Mifflin in September 2012.

Dr. Olsen obtained his B.A in English and Astrophysics from Williams College in 1996, going on to Columbia University where he obtained his M.A. in 1997, M.Phil in 2000, and his Ph.D in medieval literature in 2003. Upon graduation from Columbia University, Dr. Olsen obtained teaching positions at Temple University, Columbia University, Nyack College, and Washington College. In 2011, Dr. Olsen started Signum University and the Mythgard Institute. His undergraduate and graduate teaching subjects include J.R.R.Tolkien, Arthurian literature, Chaucer, and Sir Thomas Malory.


IDEvent NameDurationStart Date
Texmoot 2019: Around the Talkative PlanetFull DayJanuary 19, 2019
Magnolia Moot 20187 HoursNovember 10, 2018
LAMoot 2018Full DayOctober 27, 2018
2018 Signum University Webathon11 HoursOctober 13, 2018
MMC001-09Mythgard Movie Club: She2 HoursOctober 11, 2018
MiddleMoot 20187 HoursOctober 6, 2018
LOTRO Marathon: Take Wigend to Minas Tirith!1 DaysSeptember 29, 2018
Hobbit Day Reading, Panel Discussion & Campaign Kick-Off!2 HoursSeptember 22, 2018
BayMoot 2018Full DayAugust 18, 2018
LondonMoot 20188 HoursApril 28, 2018
MMC001-03Mythgard Movie Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyFull DayFebruary 22, 2018
The Inklings & King Arthur Roundtable1 HoursFebruary 5, 2018
Texmoot0 HoursJanuary 13, 2018
Upper Midwest Regional Midmoot8 HoursOctober 7, 2017
Hobbit Day Reading with Corey Olsen1 HoursSeptember 22, 2017
Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder…3 DaysJune 1, 2017
Wigend Rides to Rohan8 HoursMarch 25, 2017
2016 Fall Campaign Webathon9 HoursOctober 29, 2016
LOTRO: Wigend Marathon8 HoursOctober 22, 2016
SilmFilm – Adaptation with Ted NasmithFull DayOctober 3, 2016
LOTRO: Gryfflet Marathon8 HoursOctober 1, 2016
Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot) 20161 DaysSeptember 24, 2016
2016 Fall Campaign Kickoff2 HoursSeptember 22, 2016


IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITA 5305The Story of the Hobbit12 WeeksMay 7, 2018
LITA 5311Tolkien’s Poetry12 WeeksJanuary 15, 2018
LITD 5302Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales12 WeeksJanuary 15, 2018
LITD 5301Chaucer I: Visions of Love12 WeeksAugust 28, 2017
LITA 5307Beyond Middle-earth12 WeeksMay 8, 2017
LITA 5302Lewis & Tolkien12 WeeksJanuary 16, 2017
LITA 5313Modern Fantasy II12 WeeksJanuary 11, 2016
LITA 5304Modern Fantasy12 WeeksMay 21, 2012