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Re: Recent Tolkien events
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*thinks - Beren was scheduled to give a talk at the Festival, wasn't he? How'd it go, Beren?

I enjoyed the Moreton event very much; esp. meeting Laurel and Trotter. (Shame Khamul couldn't make it, but hopefully next year.)

The artwork on show is the big draw at Moreton, and it doesn't disappoint. I like the work of all four artists, and have signed books etc by all of them, but I hope no-one will mind if I mention that Ted has always been one of my favourite Tolkien artists, and he produces something new every year! How does he do it? This year saw three new pictures, all inspired by episodes from The Hobbit - his Smaug picture; and Bilbo with the eagles; and also 'Entering Mirkwood' which I think is my favourite of the three (if that's not too invidious). Actually, this counts as one of my all-time favourites of Ted's works so far. Marvellous!

Ted, and Jef Murray, were there throughout the weekend, which was a big treat for their fans. Peter Pracownik missed the Friday (attending a rock festival, I understand - Peter used to be in Hawkwind, y'know). Peter suffered a painful accident recently, and gamely attended on crutches. Get well soon, Peter. And the same good wishes to Ruth, who sadly couldn't be there at all this weekend - she'd hurt her back in a fall. I did mention to Jef and ted that they might need to watch out for themselves for a while - two out of four Tolkien artists coming a cropper within a two-week period? Ouch!

Finally, like Laurel (and no doubt Trotter too) I had a complete thrill at seeing one of Tolkien's original pieces. (Tolkien's picture of Lamb's farm, Gedling, circa 1911). A real treat!


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Re: Recent Tolkien events
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I'm still not aware of anyone on this site who went to the over-priced Welsh event, but there is a Podcast with interviews with Mark Faith, an artist called Rodney Matthews who has done some Tolkien pictures and Tom Shippey.

I have not yet listened to this yet but any Podcast with Tom in it is definitely recommended, I think he is at the end so feel free to fast forward. EDIT Tom starts at 52 minutes 35 seconds into the podcast

http://geeksyndicate.libsyn.com/scrol ... ecial_pt_1_the_interviews

Posted on: 2010/8/20 13:22

Edited by Trotter on 2010/8/21 10:53:44


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Beren wrote:
If I have a lower number limited edition it sells much, much better and demand is very high for the lower numbers, while the higher numbers always takes 'much' longer to sell.


I am very much in agreement with Beren. In fact, when I sold #35 of the SD CoH, the buyer really wanted a sealed copy. #35 was already opened, so I offered him the choice of a sealed copy of a later number (can't quite remember, but somewhere around #339). He ended up going with the lower number because he thought it was a 'premium' number, even at #35. I went ahead and provided him the shipping carton from #339 just to make the book a little more complete (and just peeled off the sticker on the shipping carton that indicated #339). This is just one of many examples I could provide where a lower number made a difference in a sale. Where that cut-off is, I am not sure, but on a limited run of 500, I know I did okay with #34 and #35.

While I agree with Beren on "the market," when it comes to my personal collection, I have to agree with Stu. I really could care less what number I receive (unless of course, it is something like #100 or less of the 1987 SD Hobbit!). In fact, I actually like the way the market works and have used it to my advantage in the past. When the SD CoH was released, I bought a couple of the early copies, then I bought a couple of the later numbers once HC started deeply discounting them. I sold the early ones for a premium and essentially ended up with my personal copy (#339) for free. I can say with certainty that I am happier with a high number for free than a low number for hundreds of dollars!

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As far as I am concerned it is a little more valuable...

I wonder why I have to log-in again and again every time I come to this board...

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