Corey Olsen

Dr. Corey Olsen – suit and tie

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member: President; 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.


ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Upper Midwest Regional Midmoot 8 Hours October 7, 2017
Hobbit Immersion Camp 2 Weeks July 10, 2017
Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder… 3 Days June 1, 2017
Wigend Rides to Rohan 8 Hours March 25, 2017
2016 Fall Campaign Webathon 9 Hours October 29, 2016
LOTRO: Wigend Marathon 8 Hours October 22, 2016
SilmFilm – Adaptation with Ted Nasmith 3 Weeks October 3, 2016
LOTRO: Gryfflet Marathon 8 Hours October 1, 2016
Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot) 2016 1 Days September 24, 2016
2016 Fall Campaign Kickoff 2 Hours September 22, 2016


ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITD 5302 Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales 12 Weeks January 15, 2018
LITA 5311 Tolkien’s Poetry 12 Weeks January 15, 2018
LITD 5301 Chaucer I: Visions of Love 12 Weeks August 28, 2017
LITA 5307 Beyond Middle-earth 12 Weeks May 8, 2017
LITA 5302 Lewis & Tolkien 12 Weeks January 16, 2017
LITA 5305 The Story of the Hobbit 12 Weeks August 29, 2016
LITA 5313 Modern Fantasy II 12 Weeks January 11, 2016
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks May 21, 2012
LITA 5301 The Great Tales: Tolkien & the Epic 15 Weeks August 29, 2011