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Subject: Some thoughts on RingCon
Time:03:47 pm
Current Mood:disappointeddisappointed
First of all, I'm sorry it's taking me so long to come up with Chapter 2 of A Journey With Frodo - everything has been conspiring against me in my efforts to get this done - but I should be able to post it within the next few days.

Re RingCon - yes, we'd bought tickets but I've never said much about it because I've had this awful gut feeling all along that Elijah wouldn't make it. Several times I'd been on the point of booking the flight but couldn't bring myself to do it - thank goodness. I only booked the hotel a few days ago, but thankfully I can cancel that. I'd only bought economy tickets - I'd intended to try to upgrade them nearer the time and had just started thinking I should do something about that. I'm devastated, of course, just as I was with ELF. But 12 months before the event did seem incredibly early to make this announcement - they should at least have stressed that it was only a provisional booking. Of course, all sorts of theories are springing up over the reasons for Elijah's cancellation. Despite my huge disappointment, I'm inclined to believe that this is just the nature of conventions - guests are announced, sometimes they come, sometimes they cancel. We were shocked over ELF, and now this, because Elijah has never cancelled before - but if you consider the other LOTR actors, at least those who attend cons, this has been the case with all of them. Billy has probably done more cons than any of them, but he's also cancelled some - in one case he told fans he couldn't come when no announcement had been made by the organisers. JRD has sometimes cancelled - so has Sean, and Miranda - the list goes on. I really don't believe that this means Elijah doesn't want to do any more cons, or he's fed up of LOTR (never!!) or that there's any sinister reason behind it. It may be for the reason stated, or it may be something else. I'm sure if there was no escape clause with these events, they'd never get anyone!! And I don't believe that he, or any of the others, realise the full effect this has on some of the fans. Cons are not reliant on one particular person turning up and I don't think Elijah would believe for a minute that some people, like me, are buying expensive air tickets just to see him. Some people may think I'm just burying my head in the sand - but I honestly don't believe I am. I have to stay optimistic about this - the only way I ever get to see Elijah is at cons - and long may it continue. After all, this time last year (or was it the year before - time goes too fast) Sean was due to attend RingCon and pulled out just a few days before. Now he's going to replace Elijah. I don't like not having an Elijah appearance in the pipeline - but next year RingCon is being held in the UK - one can but hope:)
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ex_salwood
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Time:2006-09-26 04:15 pm (UTC)
At least in the UK we hang off from buying air tickets.

The one I bought for Ring Con is non refundable!

And to be honest when I bought my ticket for Ring Con back in November it was because Elijah was going.

I've heard Sean speak twice now, and apart from Miranda, I've heard the rest of them speak.

Disappointed is an understatement!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 03:26 pm (UTC)
The air tickets are a real pain when it comes to cons abroad - we were in the same predicament with ELF, if they'd been refundable we probably wouldn't have gone. And I came so close to buying them for this!! Devastated is probably a more appropriate word:(
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harukameko
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Time:2006-09-26 04:28 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I'm so sorry you spent all of that money to see Elijah at RingCon and now you won't be able to see him. I was there also last year at ELF and was disappointed when he cancelled, but I got over it quickly. You have pointed out exactly what I've said to folks, Elijah is not the only person who has cancelled a Con. I hope that you are able to enjoy yourself if you still decide to go. I know people will probably chop my head off for saying this, but honestly with these cons, the only way to truly enjoy yourself is not to go specifically for one actor because that way you don't find yourself so disappointed that you can't enjoy the cons anymore.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 03:39 pm (UTC)
We have decided not to go to RingCon - I'd rather save the money we'd spend on air tickets and put it towards the next con Elijah does attend, hopefully in the UK!! You're perfectly right - it is best if you don't go to cons just to see a specific person, that isn't what they're really intended for, but sadly I have to admit, although I love to meet online friends and love to be surrounded by LOTR things, Elijah is always my main reason for going - so I know when I book that I'm always risking disappointment. Before ELF I'd been extremely lucky and met him at 4 different events so I have some great memories, and hope there will be many more in the future:) *hugs*
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ms_banazira
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Time:2006-09-26 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for everyone who was planning on going. At least this time there is a reason stated, and a plausible one at that.

But from the positive side, it means our Lad has work, right? When he works we eventually benefit even if we do have to wait for the DVD.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 07:15 pm (UTC)
Just before this was announced I did start to worry that the publicity for Bobby/Happy Feet might prevent him coming - but you're right, it's good that he has work:)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm certain he'd be there if it was possible - he certainly does manage to pack a lot into his time:)
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ink_gypsy
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Time:2006-09-26 04:46 pm (UTC)
And I don't believe that he, or any of the others, realise the full effect this has on some of the fans.

I wish I believed that, but I don't. I believe Elijah knows full well that the announcement he'll be appearing at any con assures heavy ticket sales. Hearing he'd be at ELF while I was at ORC this past January was the reason I bought my ELF ticket the moment they went on sale. I certainly wouldn't have otherwise. Since it was in my home state, I was lucky that I didn't have air fare added to my expenses, but I still had the cost of a hotel room and a Wizard Circle ticket I bought specifically to see Elijah.

The fact that photo ops with him cost more than with any of the other celebs, even Sean, can't have escaped his notice, so I think believing he's unaware of how many people buy tickets just to see him -- and how much it costs us -- is unrealistic.

I was shocked when Elijah cancelled at ELF because his appearances at so many other cons made me believe this wasn't even a possibility. Now with his pulling out of Ring Con, I have to believe he may be using the cons as a safety net, signing on and appearing if nothing else comes up, but knowing he can cancel if a better opportunity presents itself.

As you've said, (as have I on numerous occasions) if cons held celebs to a contract, charged them some type of monetary fee for cancelling, they'd never get anyone to appear, at least no one I'd be interested in seeing.

Since we never got a real explanation of why Elijah couldn't appear at ELF, or why the video feed never happened either, I'm afraid the cynic in me is beginning to believe the worst, even though it pains me to do so. I wouldn't go so far as to say I believe Elijah's fed up with LOTR, but he might do well to remember it was LOTR that opened up all these other opportunities for him.

On the strength of ELF and now Ring Con, I'm not sure I'll be buying tickets for any con Elijah says he plans to attend. It would be too difficult being disappointed yet again.
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yeuxdebleu
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Time:2006-09-26 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm posting my comment here because I wanted to say to ink_gypsy...I agree with everything you've said.

...and I don't think Elijah would believe for a minute that some people, like me, are buying expensive air tickets just to see him.

I disagree. He may be humble, but I don't think he's that naive. He couldn't not realize what a draw he is.

He used to be such a jet-setter...3 cities in 3 days was nothing for him. Now he's cancelling because of a movie premiere???!!! FAR more people will be disappointed by his cancellation of RingCon than could possibly be disappointed if he didn't attend a premiere.

I'm so sorry you're having to go through this twice, not_alone....but I'll always be grateful that you came to ELF anyway and I got to meet you. *hugs*

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melyanna_65
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Time:2006-09-26 04:48 pm (UTC)
It's so sad and disappointing. I didn't knew you intended to go, sweetheart!

My intention was to go, too, but maybe I felt something wrong about it too and I hadn't booked anything until now.

I'm very sorry for all the dearest friends who were ready to go and have been waiting for this chance to meet Lij.

And yet, I can't get angry with Lij ... Maybe yes, it's just the way things go with Cons.

*hugs you!*

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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 08:01 pm (UTC)
And yet, I can't get angry with Lij ... Maybe yes, it's just the way things go with Cons.

No, it would take far more than this for me to ever get angry with him!! It is just 'the way things go with cons' and despite my huge disappointment I'll always be so grateful that he attends any of these events - not all of the LOTR actors do - imagine just never getting the chance to meet him!! We will see him again - I do believe that:) *hugs*
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mother2012
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Time:2006-09-26 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ah,you are always coherent and the voice of reason. I'm glad for you that you hadn't invested too deeply.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm glad for you that you hadn't invested too deeply.

Sadly, I always do 'invest too deeply'. It doesn't matter how much I try to prepare myself for what I know is a strong possibility, it doesn't soften the blow when it comes:( And the inevitable wave of anti-Elijah posts makes it so much worse:(
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janejanejane
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Time:2006-09-26 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry and disappointed for you and everyone else who is/was planning to go to see Elijah. I know how horribly disappointed I would feel if I'd been going.

As you know, I love and adore the guy, but wish he or his agent had thought first and not announced his appearance so early. Better not to have said he'd do it and then cancel.

*hugs you*
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you Jane. Actually, I'm certain its the RingCon organisers who are the guilty party with that early announcement. He probably agreed to come if he was free, not realising they would announce it immediately. They really should have delayed this announcement. Also, according to Starlit Woods, they knew as far back as June that he wouldn't be coming!! RingCon is being held in the UK next year - dare we hope?!! *hugs*
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wisteria_way
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Time:2006-09-26 08:11 pm (UTC)
Wow! He cancelled again!

I think he is terribly busy with his record label and his upcoming films and premieres that he is practically running in circles right now to keep up with everything.

Still.....this isn't like our old Elijah.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, thankfully he is very busy with work right now - it's just a pity that this publicity clashed with RingCon - I'm sure he'd have attended if it had been at all possible:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2006-09-26 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's the first I have heard about Elijah cancelling RingCon. A lot of people will be feeling very disappointed at the news! I feel so bad for you, Pauline - but I'm sure there will be another time, another place. I hope so.

On a lighter note, I'm very much looking forward to Part 2 of 'A Journey with Frodo.'

Keep smiling.
Love ~ Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 08:31 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom - yes, it's a huge disappointment, but you're right - another time, another place - I have to believe that:)

Re Journey - if it takes me this long between chapters I'll still be doing this when I'm 100!! I keep thinking I've got it ready then decide to add something else - but I promise, it will be very soon. Same with my reply to your email, I started that so long ago that much of what I've said is probably out of date by now!! But that also is nearing completion, believe it or not:D
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_celebrian
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Time:2006-09-26 10:04 pm (UTC)
I am very worry about your disappointment, but I'm glad that you are able to maintain perspective about it. *hugs*

And, I am looking forward to Part 2 of 'A Journey with Frodo.' :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your sympathy:) I hope to have Pt 2 of 'Journey' up really soon!!
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chocolatebuny
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Time:2006-09-27 04:46 am (UTC)
it is sad, disappointing and upsetting, but you've made valid and reasonable points here. after ELF, i just think of that old tune by those boys from liverpool.

obladi oblada life goes on bra
lala how the life goes on!

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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think its just unfortunate that its happened twice running - some people immediately jump to the conclusion that 'something's up' instead of just accepting it as a co-incidence. Others have cancelled far more often. And yep - oblai oblada!!
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lilithlotr
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Time:2006-09-27 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you're cancelling. I'm still planning to go, assuming the flight details (through Orlando and London) can be worked out.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-09-27 09:32 pm (UTC)
If money were no object, we'd probably still go, but having already spent so much I think it's best to save this money to put towards the next time he does come!! Hope you manage to get your travel arrangements sorted - I'm sure you'll have a great time:)
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alpeew
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Time:2006-09-27 07:18 am (UTC)
My dear friend,
I really miss you...now when I managed my own LJ I have a lot of work with new uploading, answer and reading. That is why I would like to write with you also via our LJ, but you are so busy as I see..(and I am waiting-impatiently - for Part2 of your Journey).
I agree with you and as I posted comment just last afternoon, I trust Elijah more than RingCon management, because to annonce his name one year before is very unreliable, very unreliable to fans and to Elijah too.

I am so sorry for all friends who were going to meet Elijah there. As I told you, Pauline, during LFFC, I was very suspicious about RingCon for a long time ago.
Elijah must work very hard, you know, there are a lot of new young actor, he must be seen, if you understand me and Bobby and Hasppy Feet need him.
Hug you all
A.
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not_alone
Subject:Re: my dear, where are you?
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Time:2006-09-27 09:43 pm (UTC)
You're so right Allie - it was very wrong of RingCon to make this announcement so far in advance, and I doubt very much that Elijah even realised they would do that. It is very important for him to be seen during the publicity for his films - its just so sad that this had to clash with RingCon - I know he'd have come if it had been possible. And now, after having more than 12 months with Lij appearances to look forward to, there is nothing. I find this very hard - but I just have to hope for next year, there are so many events in the UK he could attend, including RingCon.

Part 2 of Journey will be up very soon, I promise - but there's something I need to email you about concerning the disk which I will do very soon. Otherwise, I agree it is perhaps easier to communicate via LJ's. I hope you and hubby are well:) Is Maria ok? She hasn't posted in her LJ lately. Please send her my best wishes:)
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jade_baggins
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Time:2006-09-28 02:03 am (UTC)
Dang hun I'm sorry to hear Elijah canceled. When ORC comes, I'm thinking people are going to do a wait and see process me thinks. I'm still going no matter what though. I bought a laptop and all to keep updates. I admit I like going because Elijah is there but if he doesn't make it, I'll still have fun. I want to see his movies. I want to see him on shows and promos. I miss taping those.

Anyway, I feel for ya hun. I kind of had this feeling myself when he canceled ELF. You never know. You're still loved girlie!
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