The First (Annual?) Mythgard Institute Webathon

The Mythgard Institute was founded in 2011 to bring rigorous, dynamic and interactive educational experiences to students around the world through the latest online course tools while also boasting challenging and engaging classes taught by world-class teachers and leading scholars of literature and language. The Institute’s courses welcome both auditors and students working towards an M.A. degree. Now, two years after this unexpected journey began, Mythgard’s students would like to give something back to this groundbreaking organization.

On Sunday September 22nd, Tolkien Day, Mythgard will host its first-ever student led webathon to support the Mythgard Academy Indiegogo campaign. The Mythgard Academy offers free content on literature and language to everyone in the form of courses, lectures and podcasts. You know how these things work: The more they raise, the more free stuff we all get! There are great perks for the various donation levels, including votes towards what course topics will be offered.

I am helping to organize the first-ever student webathon to benefit Mythgard and its programs. This twelve-hour webathon will start at 11:00 am EST and run continuously until 11:00 PM EST, and will feature a host of great segments including interviews with leading scholars and special guests, discussion of fantasy and science fiction literature and film, readings from The Hobbit in a variety of languages, trivia challenges, a live check-in from England’s Oxonmoot, and even some movie commentary hosted by the “Riddles in the Dark” team dubbed Mythgard Fantasy Theater 3000. There will be special prizes, giveaways, and perks for donors throughout the day. All proceeds from the webathon benefit Mythgard’s Indiegogo campaign.

Myself and Curtis Weyant, co-hosts of Kat and Curt’s TV Re-View, are planning to do a live podcast in the 3:00-5:00 pm block. It won’t be on Doctor Who or Buffy, however. What will we talk about and how will we ever fit it all into our time slot? You’ll have to watch to find out.

So spend this Tolkien Day with the Mythgardians and get a taste of the intelligence and passion which make this group so unique. Whether you stay from Elevenes to Elevenses or can only join us for a little bit, this free event is open to everyone.

For scheduling and registration details as they become available, and for information about Mythgard’s Indiegogo campaign, visit or like the Mythgard Institute Webathon facebook page. You can also help promote the event by downloading this pdf poster or this one and posting them at your local bookish hangouts. We hope to see you all in the Netmoot this Tolkien Day!



About Katherine Sas

Graduate of Messiah College and Signum University with degrees in literature. I'm a student of the imaginative literature, TV, and film, particularly Tolkien and the Inklings, Doctor Who, and the fairy tale tradition.
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