Literature

King Arthur is familiar to everyone who loves medieval stories and to many so are the expanded stories of individual characters within Arthurian legend. One of those characters, Sir Gawain, has been written about extensively, particularly his quest against The Green Knight in two famous 14th century poems, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and […]

Everyone loves Arthurian legend and we’re well steeped in it’s lore here at Heroes and Mortals. Much of that is because we’re avid readers of Medievalists.net, one of the most popular sources for medieval lore, history, art, and content online. Author James Turner at medievalists.net just wrapped up an 8-part series titled “In Search of […]

Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society has become open access! A peer-reviewed journal of the Tolkien Society that publishes articles, research notes, reviews, and artwork on subjects related to, or inspired by, the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Mallorn has been a great reference and discussion tool for Tolkien scholars for […]

2021 is already gearing up to be a much better year!  For fans of Tolkien’s work at least.  As reported by The Guardian, a trove of never before seen Tolkien essays, and notes have been edited, compiled, and given the blessing of the Tolkien Estate.  These look to be much different than your recycled Silmarillion […]

Halloween Soundtricks: 2020 has been scary enough, but it’s the season for more frights with our yearly Halloween Soundtricks! We start with a Mythic Weekend of Otherworldly Invaders featuring stories from H. P. Lovecraft and H. G. Wells, followed up by a week of evening programming full of haunts and horrors.

Writers, actors, librarians, and readers from across the country gather to read some of the great works of Ray Bradbury, born August 22, 1920.  Bradbury, one of the most celebrated writers of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and mystery fiction, was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, essays, and something close to us here at Heroes […]

You learned them when you were young, you sung them to your children, you may even have fond memories of Humpty Dumpty, three blind mice, or a (baa baa) black sheep, but these stories aren’t what you thought they were.  Behind the sing song meter, gentle voice, and light music that accompanies many nursery rhymes […]

There are many epic people in history, some heroes, some not, Attila the Hun is not a hero, but he sure was epic. Murray Dahm at medievalists.net writes about who he was, what he did, and as part of the lengthy article goes into detail on film, plays, operas and the many musical numbers created […]

Joseph Campbell famously attended a Grateful Dead concert near the end of his life and commented about being reminded of Dionysian festivals. John Bucher, writing at the Joseph Campbell Foundation, briefly reviews some of Campbell’s takes on modern entertainment at the time and its drift away from the mythical and spiritual interests of ancient cultures […]

Andy Serkis will give a continuous live reading of The Hobbit to raise money for two charities, the NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings. “So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown,” he said. “While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written, […]


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