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Mythopoeic Society

The Mythopoeic Society is a national/​international organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more. We are 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” (1930s-1950s). We are a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, incorporated in the state of California. 

Scholars of the Inklings had observed that these men all created myth, so in 1967 Society founder Glen GoodKnight borrowed a Greek adjective meaning myth-making” as the name of the Society. Although the Inklings were all Christian authors, the Mythopoeic Society strives to follow what GoodKnight called the Middle Way”: neither denying the religious beliefs and purposes of our three core authors, nor serving as an organization seeking to propagate those beliefs; and while urging the importance and relevance of our central authors, avoiding the trap of becoming a cult of personality” for any one of them.

The Mythopoeic Society hosts the annual Mythcon conference and (at least in 2022) the Online Midwinter Seminar; and it publishes Mythlore, Mythprint, and The Mythic Circle.

Authoritative information may be found here.

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