Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining Darkness was held virtually on August 6–9, 2020.

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. — Anne Frank

In August 2020, Mythmoot went virtual due to self-isolating and the need to stay socially distanced during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support our first fully remote Mythmoot, we introduced MootHub, a new virtual conference experience.

This page preserves some of the details of Mythmoot VII. Please also be sure to check out the Signum Library Digital Collections for proceedings from Mythmoots past.

Mythmoot VII Special Guests

Dr. Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger (Mythmoot special guest)

Author of Arthurian VoicesSplintered Light, and other works on Tolkien and Medieval studies

Dr. Flieger presented the Friday morning keynote session, “Defying and Defining Darkness?” On Friday afternoon, the Mythmoot Players presented a reading of her play, “The Bargain.” Attendees were able to join a Q&A session during Friday dinner break.

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis

Contributor to StarShipSofa, editor in chief for Hocus Pocus Comics, and faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Signum University

Dr. Sturgis presented the Saturday morning keynote on “Speculative Fiction as ‘Reflecting Shield’: Defying and Defining the Darkness.” MootHub attendees also had the opportunity to join a lunchtime Q&A session with Dr. Sturgis

David DelaGardelle

David DelaGardelle

Professional swordsmith and illustrator

David led a creative workshop on Saturday afternoon

John Di Bartolo

John Di Bartolo Mythmoot

Speaker, writer, multimedia designer, and wandering minstrel

John gave the Friday afternoon keynote on “A Song of Challenge: Prophecy & Song in Middle-earth”

Dr. Tom Shippey

Dr. Tom Shippey

Author of J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the CenturyThe Road to Middle-earth, Laughing Shall I Die, and others

Dr. Shippey gave the Saturday afternoon keynote “The American Fantasy Tradition”

Myhtmoot VI Schedule

Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • 5pm: Meet and Greet [MootHub]
  • 7pm: Pub Trivia [MootHub]

Friday, August 7, 2020

  • 8:30am: Official Welcome with Corey Olsen
  • 9am: Dr. Verlyn Flieger, “Defying and Defining Darkness?”
  • 10:30am: Academic Presentations
  • 1pm: John Di Bartolo, “A Song of Challenge: Prophecy & Song in Middle-earth”
  • 2pm: Signum Update with Corey Olsen
  • 2:30pm: Thesis Theater Panel
  • 4pm: “The Bargain” – A Reader’s Theater
  • 6pm: Dinner Q&A with Dr. Flieger
  • 7pm: Poetry Workshop with Corey Olsen
  • 8pm: Coffeehouse: Works in Progress, with Sørina Higgins
  • 8pm: LOTRO, The Wedding of Aragorn and Arwen, with Corey Olsen

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020

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