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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