Mythopoeic Awards

Mythopoeic Awards — 1996

Fantasy Awards

Adult Literature

Children's Literature

Scholarship Awards

Inklings Studies

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Acceptance Remarks

Elizabeth Hand
Author, Waking the Moon
(1996 Mythopoeic Award for Adult Fantasy Literature)

Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart, for honoring Waking the Moon with this award. Like every other fantasist on earth, my literary touchstones have been Lewis, and Tolkien, and Charles Williams. I first read Lewis's The Great Divorce when I was seven, Perelandra a year or so later, and The Lord of the Rings at the more civilized age of ten, by which time I could actually understand some of what was on the page. The books imprinted on me as few others did. Their authors cast long shadows, and I am moved and very grateful to be recognized by the Mythopoeic Society as standing in those shadows. Thank you, thank you.

Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull
Authors, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
(1996 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Scholarship)

Christina: It has been almost exactly four years since another banquet, at the Tolkien Centenary Conference, when Christopher Tolkien asked if we would be interested in writing a book about his father's art. Of course we were, very interested. Since then, we have had many trials and labors, not least our long transatlantic separation during the writing of our book. It gives us special pleasure, then, to be in Boulder together, partners in life as well as in writing, to accept this award, with many thanks to the Mythopoeic Society.

Wayne: We would especially like to thank so many of you in the audience, who have come up to us at this conference and said so many good words about our book. The Tolkien family, and our primary publisher, HarperCollins, are pleased with it too, and on its strength, we hope, will soon give us another Tolkien book to write or edit. What that may be, we cannot say at this time, but there are many exciting prospects. We also hope to be able to write a book on the art of Pauline Baynes, possibly in time for the C.S. Lewis centenary in 1998. Meanwhhile, we will look at this award as constant encouragement.

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