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Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
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Further on the Festival pricing...

While it seems expensive think of it as three events at one place and time! You can just attend one part and only for a day. The individual prices are fair for each event. The VIP pass to all three makes it a bargain.

Posted on: 2009/11/6 2:52


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TOLKIEN: THE HOBBIT 70th Anni Rare SLIPCASED HB EDITION

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TOLKIEN-THE-HOB ... ks_UK?hash=item20adf900e1

I think this seller must use a different dictionary definition of "rare" to me, as I can not think of any circumstance that the accepted dictionary definition fits this item or come to think of it most of the other items listed as "rare" on ebay.

Posted on: 2009/11/5 23:10


Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
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Welcome to TCG Mark, and thanks for chiming in.

I know that I will have difficulty attending this festival, but I am having difficulty doing anything outside of work these days (very busy) so it doesn't have anything to do with location or price for me.

Just as a comparison from my US perspective:

a Comic Con four day pass runs $100, or about £60 (for today at least). That includes all of the panels, workshops, etc.

A Dragon*Con four day pas is $60 now, up to $100 as you get closer to the event dates.

A four day Myth Con (Mythopoeic Society) is $80 for non-members.

The One Ring Celebration (ORC) put on my theonering.net (last held back in 2007) ran about $350 for the full package, with much less expensive packages (such as $90 which did not include evening events or reserved seating in the auditoriums for main events).

All in all, I think the Festival in the Shire seems in the realm of reasonably priced, and I have nothing to complain about except that I am too @*$^%*! busy.

Posted on: 2009/11/5 10:04
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Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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This item sold for over £500 to someone with more money than sense. I will give it three weeks before we see another 'exciting' item from this seller.

Posted on: 2009/11/5 8:19


Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
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Hi,

I'm Mark Faith, the organiser of Festival in the Shire: A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired. I'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns.

The conference ticket cost £150 if purchased before January 1st, £200 after. This is quite a normal price for a high quality academic conference in the UK, maybe a bit cheape actually!

The collectors expo is £40 or £60 for a one days entrance or £100 for a three day pass. It will have many of the same speakers, authors and artist and its own discussion sessions. In comparison to similar past events, appropriately priced. The private collection has more than 5000 pieces of which 200 are original works of art (no not Tolkien) and 500+ prints. However, we can't show everything so will select a choice selection of interest to all collectors/fans including many you won't see at another public event. Some people will want to spend a short time, others to come and go over the three days. Authors will be releasing new books signing and you'll have the chance to meet them.

Finally, the £10-£40 (for a pass) general admission will have film, music , food and fun including used book and memoribilia stalls. We are expecting numerous special guest for autographs. Watch this space on who is coming!

The 3 day VIP pass for £235 which lets you into everything is like going to three events at one time and we feel a bargain in that respect. Yes, travel will be expensive but its is a unique event never held before.

Travelers always translate prices to their own currency not realising the same unit of currency usually has the same relative purchasing value in the respective country. £235 pounds is the same as $235 dollars in the UK scheme of things. UK isn't expensive, US is just a cheaper. Sorry we couldn't hold the first event in the US, maybe the following year!

Mark

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