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About Ivona Elonton: 

Ivona Elenton is a Swede who once partook in a prestigious writing program as one of only thirty in the whole country. After that she stopped writing for a long time. Her first North American publication appeared recently in The Pedestal Magazine. She is an historian and archivist who loves tea, literature, and moody men. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband of nine years.

Ivona is a long-time Tolkienist who has been active in several Tolkien Societies in different countries. She has been a dedicated member of the GHG’s Shire Council for several years. At our meetings and events, she adds humor, style, wisdom and a vast amount of knowledge from both ancient cultures and contemporary geek culture. If these qualities appeal to you, follow her excellent blog, The Forbidden Pool.

Ivona Elonton will be moderating a roundtable discussion and a panel at the Real Myth and Mithril Symposium

Tolkien, D&D and Popular Culture

This roundtable will be discussing how Professor Tolkien’s work has influenced Fantasy in general and the world of gaming and D&D specifically, and how this also transfers further into many areas and aspects of popular culture. Topics that we will touch on are: How would modern fantasy creaturs such as elves, halflings and orcs look without Tolkien’s writing, would they even exist? What do video-games have to thank Tolkien for? And what has the rpg genre in general with its adventuring parties/groups/classes taken away from the works of Tolkien? Our Discussion will touch upon everything from tv and film to art and phone apps in popular culture.

Author’s and Writer’s Panel

This panel of of writers will be discussing  topics such as the creative process of writing and the multifaceted road to publication. What pitfalls should be avoided during the creative process? How important is it to find an agent? Is self-publishing a viable option? Topics such as self-motivation, story telling tricks, networking, mentors and simply finding your own time to write among jobs, life and family obligations, will be discussed. The fascinating writers who will be featured in this panel include Stant Litore and T.L. Morganfield.

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Look Who Is Coming to the Real Myth and Mithril Symposium!

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About D.E. Towry: 

D. E. Towry is a Grey Havener and writer from Berthoud, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in 2013 with a Master’s (MA) in English Literature. She is intensely interested in mythology and language, and blames J.R.R. Tolkien for her continued fascination with both subjects. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, playing dress-up, and constructing worlds and languages. She is currently working on her first novel.

D.E. Towry’s paper for Real Myth is titled “Magical Lordship: Loki and Odin, Sauron and Gandalf.” She will also be a guest speaker for Grey Havens YA on March 21. 

The Norse god Loki is a complicated figure: He is the father/mother of monsters and Odin’s steed Sleipnir. He is Odin’s blood-brother and sometimes companion; he is a companion of Thor. He is fiercely intelligent, a shape-shifter, a creative force and a figure of destruction. Loki survives by his cunning and wit, an outsider amongst the Æsir. As a Trickster figure, he is a kind of “super-shaman”; his magic is the shamanistic, shape-shifting, spirit-journeying sort.

Odin also practices magic, but his magic is bounded by his position as lord of the Æsir. His “knowledge (skaldic poetry, runic letters)” and his “capacity as a sorcerer” are linked with his place and power as an “earthly king” and “hall-owner with his hird”. Odin’s knowledge of verse and runes is an ordered facet of magic, and his place as the hall-lord, king of the gods, puts him in a place he can easily practice sorcery if he chooses.

These gods are intimately entwined and co-dependent on one another, as blood brothers and with respect to sorcerous sovereignty. Ragnarök — the final eruption of the magical rivalry between Odin and Loki — is not so much tragic as it is the realization of the end of a cycle and death of an age. Fate and magic are bound together, locked in with the primacy of magical sovereigns.

Fate and magic are bound together in Tolkien’s mythos, as well, and there are reflections of the rivalry of magical sovereigns. Gandalf is a reflection of Odin, with ordered magic based on knowledge and runic learning. Sauron is the reflection of Loki, a Trickster in destructive form. In this paper, I will discuss Loki and Odin and their place in the Norse mythic world, and how Sauron and Gandalf fit in the mythic complex formed by Loki and Odin, individually and in sorcerous rivalry.

Real Myth and Mithril: Delving into Fantasy Literature takes place on April 25-26 in Niwot, Colorado. Click here to register. If you register before April 1, both days are just $15!