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Re: Recent Tolkien events
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Thanks, Mark. Personally speaking, I didn't go to the 2010 Festival because I couldn't afford the £800 I'd have to find for two tickets plus four nights' accomodation.

As for 2012; the Tolkien Society is holding a special event of its own that year; 'The Ring Goes Ever On.' I shouldn't think many folk could aford two big events; but we'll see. Let's get 2011 out of the way first!

Happy New Year!


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garm wrote:

As for 2012; the Tolkien Society is holding a special event of its own that year; 'The Ring Goes Ever On.' I shouldn't think many folk could afford two big events; but we'll see. Let's get 2011 out of the way first!

Happy New Year!



I agree, I don't think many Tolkien fans would be able to afford to attend both events in 2012 and garm did not mention location, it has to be more central, somewhere like Birmingham (which would allow you to use Festival in the Shire as the title without complaints), not Wales.

Happy New Year as well!

What do people think about Mark's claims on rare Tolkien items.

Rare Tolkien books remain one of the safest and consistent investments. While values rise sporadically, rarely if ever have they fallen. With the new film coming out, prices are bound to rise. Consider expanding your collection of art and books.


Do you agree?

Posted on: 2011/1/8 9:18

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Trotter asked:
what do people think about Mark's claims on rare Tolkien items. " Rare Tolkien books remain one of the safest and consistent investments. While values rise sporadically, rarely if ever have they fallen. With the new film coming out, prices are bound to rise. Consider expanding your collection of art and books. " Do you agree?


To be honest, as soon as I read Mark's comment, I was irked. If he was selling a financial product, the "Prices are bound to rise" statement would actually be illegal (in Australia, anyway). In truth, the whole comment is garbage - In Australian terms, I can buy books today priced in Sterling for about half the price I could a couple of years ago, so you could say that values have effectively dropped by 50% (for me) just on the currency movement alone.

Pretty much any non-biased commentator believes that the trend is most likely to be for asset prices to (continue to) fall over the coming years. People will spend what little spare money they have on food, water and power (which are all going to increase in cost massively). Precious metals (real metal, not paper metal) are IMHO a far safer investment than books. I can find you a handful of people that want a super-deluxe, but I can find you a lot of people that want gold.

Like I always say, buy books because you like them, not because they are going to make you rich or protect your wealth.

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I agree with Stu - I'm not money-oriented to that degree. I buy books and art because I like them. They become a part of the collection, each with a place of its own. I don't plan on selling them; after I'm gone, the collection will be split up, and the books etc will go ack onto the market.

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Back onto the market? Accept those items (those real gems we spoke of...) that you're giving to me? You did say you'd be happy giving that Silmarillion, and that other item we do not speak about publically, to me... I'm sure that's what you said...

BH

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