Mythopoeic Society

The Mythopoeic Society is an international organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, and awards. It sponsors Mythcon.

The Society is especially interested in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings.”

The Society was born during the first major flurry of interest in J. R. R. Tolkien, the mid-1960s boom encouraged by the publication of U. S. editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many Tolkien societies were founded at that time, but most of them died off during the next few years.

The Society has presented annual awards, beginning in 1983, for English-language fantasy literature and scholarship.

Local Branches
Location Group
Albuquerque The UNM Hobbit Society
Berkeley Starforge
Chicago Minas Aeron
Detroit (northern suburbs) Fornost
Los Angeles Mydgard
Milwaukee The Burrahobbits
Minneapolis-St. Paul Rivendell Group
New York City Heren Istarion
Philadelphia Rhun Branch
Portland, OR Tolkien Society of Marshall
Reno, Sparks, Carson City, NV Crickhollow
Sacramento, CA Avalon
San Diego, CA Cair Paravel
Santa Cruz Khazad-Dum
Washington, DC Knossos

In addition, it has a special interest group: The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship.

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