But the place that draws me ever
When my fancy's running wild,
Is a little pub in Oxford
Called The Eagle and the Child,
The Eagle and the Child, oh,
Or else, as I have heard
Its regulars all called it--
The Baby and the Bird!
c. Diana L. Paxson (For the complete lyrics, click)
The Bird & Baby is David
Lenander's (email@example.com) personal page in support of The Mythopoeic Society and The
Rivendell Group. It's named after the pub where the Inklings
often gathered, back in the '30s and '40s, to laugh and argue
and (of course) drink beer. The above graphic is from a photograph
by Ruth Berman of the sign outside the Eagle and Child, and used
by her permission. Presumably, there was some similar sign when
the Inklings gathered in good fellowship some decades ago. Speaking
of the pub, here's description of
the actual Eagle & Child pub, from people who've visited Oxford.
Unfortunately, I can't add beer (to be truthful, I don't drink it, myself, I like tea or Coca Cola.) I'd like to add song and story-telling and most of all, conversation, but I'm not sure how to undertake that here. Send me any ideas. But I can tell you about how these things go on in the course of the activities of the Mythopoeic Society, and maybe you can join us at a Mythcon or a discussion group meeting or in the pages of one of our apas or Mythprint, or ?
Later NOTE, 3/22/99. It's occurred to me that I should mention
that this page is one among more than a hundred pages hyperlinked
together by David Lenander, mostly containing less text and fewer
links and graphics, all connected by some overlapping interests.
Some of the pages are quite separate and distinct and probably
extend in directions of little interest to someone interested
in this page. One of these days, soon, I plan to add separate
pages for each of the Inklings to try to collect links among these
pages of interest--for instance, there's a lot of Tolkien fan
material in the Rivendell pages, but scattered about so that one
interested in that only might have to hunt through a number of
pages and links to find what's present. I may write more on this
topic in the Updates page, referenced immediately below. If you
check out that Updates page, you'll also see what pages have been
changing the most over the past months, especially the pages related
to Mythopoeic Society discussion groups, children's fantasy literature,
the recent Mythcon XXX/Bree Moot 4, certain SF & Fantasy authors
(especially Peg Kerr) and so on.
See the Updates page for recent developments on this and related pages. feedback page includes some comments about this page.
But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Who are the Inklings? What is The Mythopoeic Society? What is the Rivendell Group? You're probably visiting this page because you know the answers to these questions, but if not, by now you know the drill: click the links. Since there are already lots of pages devoted to the main Inklings: Charles Williams, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, I don't plan to devote a lot of space to them, instead link to the fine Web Pages (and especially the fine page maintained by Bruce Edwards, devoted to the group). There is a page devoted to Owen Barfield, http://www.owenbarfield.com/, developed by Dr. David Lavery, Professor and Chair of the English Dept. at Middle Tennessee State University (firstname.lastname@example.org) , who is also one of the two co-authorized biographers of Barfield. Barfield was only an occasional attendee at the Inklings gatherings, and wrote comparatively little mythopoeic fantasy. While he's less often discussed in the Mythopoeic Society, his ideas and his books (like Poetic Diction) were very great influences on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, so he is often counted among the most important of the Inklings, even though still more famous people (like W.H. Auden) may have occasionally attended. Other more regular attendees, like Warnie Lewis or Hugo Dyson, left much less in the way of publications that seem relevant to the popular fiction of Tolkien, Lewis and Williams that brings most of us to their examples. Yet I'd be delighted to learn of other pages devoted to Warnie Lewis's histories of France, or whatever.
Following the example of the Inklings, who also met one evening each week to read aloud from their works-in-progress, like "The Lord of the Rings," and All Hallow's Eve, and the "Chronicles of Narnia," and to discuss great works of literature as well as socialize, The Mythopoeic Society was founded in the late sixties. The Society soon formed many discussion groups scattered about California, and eventually across the U.S. and in Canada. The Society and its Discussion Groups advertised that they were devoted to "myth, fantasy and imaginative literature" in the traditions that included the fantasy writing of the Inklings. Eventually, they founded a newsletter, Mythprint, a quarterly journal, Mythlore, and an annual Mythopoeic Conference, fondly known as "Mythcon." There was also an occasional journal of original fantasy stories and poetry, and some special interest groups, devoted to creative writing, and the linguistics of Tolkien's made-up languages. Astonishingly, most of these efforts survive in some fashion today.
Most of the remainder of this page is devoted to providing some links to still more information about this history and current developments. The picture to the left is supposed to be of the thirtieth anniversary mug produced at Mythcon in the summer of '97. On the other side of the mug is the Pat Wynne drawing of Tolkien's face, with a bit of Bag End and the surrounding area showing to the side--the same drawing that appears in the front of every issue of Mythlore. If there are any mugs still available, you'd have to order them from Lee Speth, who may also still have some of the C.S. Lewis mugs (again, Pat's drawing from Mythlore) from Mythcon in 1998. These were green ink on clear glass. Or check out the Society table at some future Mythcon!
--Reepicheep, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Quotation suggested by Mary Stolzenbach
Remembrance by Pat Wynne
Photo by David Lenander, used by permission. It was taken at Dreamhaven Books in Minneapolis in fall, 1999. For a closeup MFA photo by Mike Dorn, along with some other links about past award nominees, visit this page.
The Mythopoeic Society Awards Administrator has .announced the finalists for our 2006 awards (presented in 2007), nominated and chosen by Society member committees. This year's award winners will be announced at the banquet held during Mythcon 38, August 3-6, in Berkeley, California.
Peter S. Beagle, THE LINE BETWEEN (Tachyon Publications)
Susanna Clarke, THE LADIES OF GRACE ADIEU (Bloomsbury USA)
Keith Donohue, THE STOLEN CHILD (Nan A. Talese)
Patricia A. McKillip, SOLSTICE WOOD (Ace Books)
Susan Palwick, THE NECESSARY BEGGAR (Tor)
Tim Powers, THREE DAYS TO NEVER (William Morrow)
Catherine Fisher, CORBENIC (Greenwillow)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, SPIRITS THAT WALK IN SHADOW (Viking)
Diana Wynne Jones, THE PINHOE EGG (Greenwillow)
Martine Leavitt, KETURAH AND LORD DEATH (Front Street)
Terry Pratchett, WINTERSMITH (HarperTeen)
Marjorie Burns, PERILOUS REALMS: CELTIC AND NORSE IN TOLKIEN'S MIDDLE-EARTH (Univ. of Toronto Press)
Verlyn Flieger, INTERRUPTED MUSIC: THE MAKING OF TOLKIEN'S MYTHOLOGY (Kent State Univ. Press)
Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner, THE RING OF WORDS: TOLKIEN AND THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY (Oxford University Press)
Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, THE J.R.R. TOLKIEN COMPANION AND GUIDE (Houghton Mifflin)
Myth and Fantasy Studies:
Simon Blaxland-de Lange, OWEN BARFIELD: ROMANTICISM COME OF AGE: A BIOGRAPHY (Temple Lodge)
Jerry Griswold, THE MEANINGS OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Broadview Press)
Charles Butler, FOUR BRITISH FANTASISTS: PLACE AND CULTURE IN THE CHILDREN'S FANTASIES OF PENELOPE LIVELY, ALAN GARNER, DIANA WYNNE JONES, AND SUSAN COOPER (Children's Literature Association & Scarecrow Press)
G. Ronald Murphy, S.J., GEMSTONE OF PARADISE: THE HOLY GRAIL IN WOLFRAM'S PARZIVAL (Oxford University Press)
Milly Williamson, THE LURE OF THE VAMPIRE: GENDER, FICTION
AND FANDOM FROM BRAM STOKER TO BUFFY (Wallflower)
You may find some info on the Children's MFA on the Once Upon a Time page.
Eleanor M. Farrell
Mythopoeic Awards Administrator
P.O. Box 320486
San Francisco, CA 94132-0486
MythSoc web site: http://www.mythsoc.org
subpages can be accessed as: http://www.mythsoc.org/"whateverpageyouwant".html
Check out the The Official Mythopoeic Society Web-page, which is maintained by Ellie Farrell, at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythsoc.html for more information about The Mythopoeic Society, and its activites.
If you have news or announcements that you'd like to share
with members of The Mythopoeic Society, or other readers of these
pages and Mythprint, please forward them to David
Lenander, we'll print what we can fit! Conferences, new publications,
accounts of recent events of interest, paper calls, reviews of
books, letters of comment, etc. We're interested in myth, fantasy
and imaginative literature, and especially in the Inklings. Deadline
for Mythprint is the 1st of the month before publication.
Ellie Farrell is the Mythprint editor.
See the Rivendell. homepage for more info...
As of September, 2006, Butterbur's Woodshed has ended, by mutual member agreement upon the death of Official Editor & Manager Mary Stolzenbach, may she rest in peace.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST GROUP!!
8/11/99. We now have a new listing in Portland, OR. Visit the Activity Calendar!
Check out The Hermits'Pool page for links to some of our Discussion & Special Interest Group web-pages.
A list of some previous Mythcons.
Some future Mythcons:
Read about Mythprint.
Read about Mythic Circle, our original fantasy story & poetry workshop-in-print
Read about the local Discussion Groups listed in the Activity Calendar.
The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship
(ELF) and resources devoted to Tolkienian
linguistics, contact Carl F. Hostetter (Aelfwine@elvish.org).
Once Upon A Time (a monthly apa devoted to Children's Fantasy), contact Laura Krentz.
Butterbur's Woodshed (a monthly apa devoted to Adult Fantasy), contact Ellie Farrell
Read about the annual Mythopoeic Fantasy and Scholarship Awards, including lists of past winners.
Read about the tri-quarterly writer's workshop-in-print, Mythic Circle.
Read about the latest issues of Mythlore.
How to join the Mythopoeic Society and subscribe to its publications. Also a list of the Society officers/board of directors.
For an extensive list of other related resources and groups, visit the Society homepage at http://www.mythsoc.org/otherres.html
Read about some non-Inklings writers of interest to people in the Mythopoeic Society, for example Eleanor Arnason, Ruth Berman, A.S. Byatt, James P. Blaylock. Please contribute your comments!
Return to Rivendell.
Off to the Official Mythopoeic Society Homepage: http://www.mythsoc.org/mythsoc.html.
Review a list of recent updates
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