Monday, February 2, 2009

A new publication on Alan Garner

Toward the end of last summer, I wrote about Randy Hoyt’s online mythology magazine, Journey to the Sea (then relatively new). Issue 8 appeared yesterday, and in it a new essay written by me, on Alan Garner’s use of northern Germanic mythological elements in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. (I’ve written about Alan Garner here at Lingwë on previous occasions, too.) The issue also features an article on Batman — yes, the same Batman you’re thinking of — seen through the lens of myth.

If you haven’t hied thee over to Journey to the Sea yet, you definitely should. Randy has done an admirable job of presenting articles on a wide variety of multicultural mythological topics, as well as several on newer subjects examined in the context of myth (e.g., Batman, as already mentioned, role-playing games, the illustration of myths, the Native American totem pole, and so on). In addition, Randy has managed to nab a couple of very well-known figures in the Tolkien community for interviews: Verlyn Flieger and Ted Nasmith.

There’s really something here for almost anyone, so if you’ve been dithering, do yourself a favor and take a look. And while you’re there, feel free to drop a comment onto my Alan Garner essay.

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