Recently, Mythgard celebrated it's first birthday, which is pretty awesome. (Incidentally, today is the last day to take advantage of the 5% discount Mythgard is offering as part of their birthday gift to students and auditors.) I participated in the inaugural "Tolkien and the Epic" class last fall, and I'm glad I've continued working toward my master's degree with this fine institution.
And I plan to continue continuing. This past weekend, I signed up for two more classes at the Mythgard Institute and Signum University this fall: Science Fiction, Part I (through Mythgard) taught by the stellar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, and Elementary Latin II (through Signum), taught by magnus magister Dr. Philip Walsh. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take this fall's class on The Hobbit taught by Dr. Corey Olsen – that is, the Tolkien Professor himself – which is doubly troubling given the December release of the first Hobbit movie. But I'll still be getting his new book, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", and the good news is that completed course from Signum and Mythgard are available for download as course packs.
Even better: Not only do I like Mythgard, but apparently Mythgard likes me. I was recently added to the Voices of Mythgard page with my very own Student Spotlight piece. How do I like them apples? I like them very, very much. I may even make applesauce.
One reason I'm so enthusiastic about Mythgard and Signum is that Dr. Olsen and team keep coming up with great new things. Earlier this summer they launched the Mythgard Academy, which offers short but intensive studies of literature for high school students, the first of which focused on The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. Furthermore, this fall the Mythgard Institute will offer creative writing workshops. I didn't hit up the academy (I wanted to, but dang Latin I and Modern Fantasy kept me hopping, not to mention the whole "living" thing – not to fear, though, course packs are available for the Academy sessions as well), but I'm definitely going to be joining in the creative writing fun.
So, happy (belated) birthday Mythgard! I'm glad I've been there with you from the start, and I raise a mug of frothy beverage to many years more of awesomely awesome awesomeness!