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Mythopoeic Dungeons & Dragons: A roundtable

— Megan B. Abrahamson, Part-time instructor of communication, humanities, & social sciences, Central New Mexico Community College; Bethany Abrahamson; Nyssa Gilkey; and Caitlin Rottler

Paper given 31 July 2021 at Mythcon 51 Session 4

Ever since Tolkien’s Hobbit Burglar” became the off-brand Halfling Rogue” of roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, D&D has been indebted to Tolkien and other fantasy literature, and much fantasy media has indeed since modeled itself on D&D. For this roundtable, our panelists (themselves a D&D party of 9 years) wish to invite audience discussion of the mythopoeia of D&D: its influences, its inventions, and its impact. Is D&D the Mythology for England” Tolkien talked about creating, specifically the part about leaving scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama” (and dice)? Or can D&D grow beyond its pseudo-medieval, Eurocentric, and Tolkienian fantasy roots?

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date recorded 📅2022-01-22
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