Mithlond is the Pugetopolis (i.e., Seattle area) discussion group of the Mythopoeic Society. We meet once a month at a member’s home and discuss topics pertaining to literature of the fantastic. In theory, each month we make one book the topic of discussion, tho’ in practice we typically discuss said book for anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes before chasing down any old rabbit hole that presents itself. The Mythopoeic Society is an organization dedicated to the discussion of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), so we try to select one of their books at least once a year. The rest of the year is always up for negotiation; our group leans toward the fantastic (some Mythopoeic Society discussion groups go a little farther afield into science fiction, et cetera), and we frequently select “classic,” pre-Tolkien works as well as epic sagas and fairytales. Mithlond re-started in the spring of 2002 after a hiatus. The following list covers the books we’ve read since re-forming (leaving out meetings where we did not select a particular book for discussion). I pulled the list together from Matt’s original Mithlond list and from the Mithlond Yahoo! group.
- May: The Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien, J.R.R.
- June: The Fionavar Tapestry. Kay, Guy Gavriel.
- July: Short fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien.
- August: Childhood’s End. Clarke, Arthur C.
- September: The Great Divorce & Out of the Silent Planet. Lewis, C.S.
- October: The Anubis Gates. Powers, Tim.
- November: The Two Towers. Tolkien, J.R.R.
- January: J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Shippey, Tom.
- February: Bridge of Birds. Hughart, Barry.
- March: Unfinished Tales. Tolkien, J.R.R.
- April: The Worm Ouroboros. Eddison, E.R.
- May: The War in Heaven. Williams, Charles.
- June: The Eyre Affair. Fforde, Jasper.
- July: The Mabinogi, and Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Ford, Patrick (ed.).
- August: The Lives of Christopher Chant. Jones, Diana Wynne.
- September: The Well at the World’s End. Morris, William.
- October: Phantastes. Macdonald, George.
- November: The Return of the King. Tolkien, J.R.R.
- January: The Return of the King. Tolkien, J.R.R.
- February: The Book of Wonder. Lord Dunsany.
- March: The Sheepfarmer’s Daughter. Moon, Elizabeth.
- April: Little, Big. Crowley, John.
- May: Titus Groan. Peake, Mervyn.
- June: The Golden Compass. Pullman, Philip.
- July: Stardust. Gaiman, Neil.
- August: In the Forests of Serre. McKillip, Patricia.
- September: Paladin of Souls. Bujold, Lois McMaster.
- October: Short fiction of Edgar Allan Poe.
- November: The Last Light of the Sun. Kay, Guy Gavriel.
- January: Short fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.
- February: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Clarke, Susanna.
- March: Tolkien on Film. Croft, Janet (ed.).
- April: Short fiction of Hans Christian Andersen.
- May: Yvain. Chretien de Troyes.
- June: Howl’s Moving Castle. Jones, Diana Wynne.
- July: The Silmarillion. Tolkien, J.R.R.
- August: Fudoki. Johnson, Kij.
- September: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rowling, J.K.
- October: The Face in the Frost. Bellairs, John.
- November: The Anvil of the World. Baker, Kage.
- December: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Lewis, C.S.
- January: Anansi Boys. Gaiman, Neil.
- February: Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot. Wrede, Patricia C. and Caroline Stevermer.
- March: Night Watch. Pratchett, Terry.
- April: Lud-in-the-Mist. Mirrlees, Hope.
- May: A Wind from the South. Duane, Diane.
- June: “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” Volume 1. Plus source material: Dracula (Stoker, Bram); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Verne, Jules); Allan Quatermain stories (Haggard, H. Rider); The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson, Robert Louis).
- July: Short fiction of Clark Ashton Smith.