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Tolkien2019 event

Tolkien2019 event

Aug 6

Day zero: August 6th - Urulókë’s report

Arrived in Heathrow around 7AM with little sleep, took the 9:30 express bus to Birmingham (with an hour of sleep), then helped unpack art for the show and move some things around for the venue for a few hours. A very nice reception at the art show, then a great Innmoot at Bacchus for a few hours with many friends old and new. More notes after I finally get sone sleep! The main kickoff is tomorrow at noon. I’ve already scoped out a few hundred pounds of materials from the dealers room I want to nab first thing.

It should be a great week. If you are here, post your own thoughts as well.

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Aug 7
Looks lovely. Please keep the reports and pics coming. I always like reading them and imagining what it must be like to attend one of these.
Aug 11
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Aug 11
Thank you for sharing Trotter!!! I got links from the lectures already via Twitter but very nice of you to share it with the rest of the community. I hope that we will see a joint picture of TCG members that have attended the Tolkien 2019 event.
Aug 11
The last video was not on Twitter, and unfortunately we did not do an official group photo that had everyone in it from TCG, an opportunity missed
Aug 11
Awww, that is a shame I must attend next time.
Aug 11
Very thankful for these videos! Great job everyone!
Aug 12
Thanks for the updates. All I could think was "Hey those Tolkien collectors and enthusiasts are all old people". Then I looked in the mirror....

Bah :(
Aug 12
hahaha Stu
Aug 12

Stu wrote:
Thanks for the updates. All I could think was "Hey those Tolkien collectors and enthusiasts are all old people". Then I looked in the mirror....

Bah :(


My father is a Stamp Collector, and he tells me regularly that whenever he goes to a Stamp Fair or conference, everyone is really old, like himself, and he worries about the future of Stamp Collecting.

However, having just attended Tolkien 2019 last week, did I see the same issue for Tolkien fans and collectors? Absolutely not, Tom Shippey said at the event that he was wrong describing Tolkien in the 20th century as Author of the Century, he thinks that he is Author of the 21st Century as well.
Aug 12

Trotter wrote:

Stu wrote:
Thanks for the updates. All I could think was "Hey those Tolkien collectors and enthusiasts are all old people". Then I looked in the mirror....

Bah :(


My father is a Stamp Collector, and he tells me regularly that whenever he goes to a Stamp Fair or conference, everyone is really old, like himself, and he worries about the future of Stamp Collecting.

However, having just attended Tolkien 2019 last week, did I see the same issue for Tolkien fans and collectors? Absolutely not, Tom Shippey said at the event that he was wrong describing Tolkien in the 20th century as Author of the Century, he thinks that he is Author of the 21st Century as well.



Stamp collecting is effectively dead. I don't think Tolkien will have (or has) any lack of younger fans, but I think it is reasonably obvious that society type events reflect an older demographic for the most part (based on all the pictures I have seen, we can clearly see that 40+ seems to be pretty common). Typically older people have the spare time and the money for this kind of thing.

I'm not sure we can say he is Author of the 21st century, given the 80 years we still have to run. I hope he ISN'T because it would be sad statement on the future of the human race if we couldn't find a single person to do better in the next 80 years!
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