Concept design for the exhibition layout
Fan Exposition

The Festival in the Shire Fan Exposition has a full speaker program with collectibles and art on display. This element of the festival is aimed at fans with some general experience of Tolkien lore, but we encourage new fans to step into the world of Tolkien, learn more and become experienced fans! The exposition will also showcase rare edition Tolkien books, art and drawings inspired by Tolkien, and other Tolkien related memorabilia. We are encouraging attendees to bring favorite pieces from their collection and put them on display for all their fellow fans to see. Fans will also have the exciting opportunity to meet the attending speakers and artists, and learn more about their work.

Artworks planned to be on display include those from Ivan Cavini, Jon Evans, Roger Garland, Paul Raymond Gregory, Rodney Matthews, Ruth Lacon, Nicola Lydon, Angelo Montanini, Ted Nasmith, Peter Pracownik, Steve Walsh and Sue Wookey The program is currently being finalised and other new artists will be added to this great line up soon. The same key note speakers from the conference will also speak but on more general topics and less academic. These include Tom Shippey, Dimitra Fimi, Colin Duriez, Alex Lewis, Verlyn Flieger, John Garth, Colin Manlove and Corey Olson. In addition, there will be advice on collecting and collectibles from René van Rossenberg, Peter Kenny and other collectors and dealers to come.

There will also be the chance to meet and chat to some of the artists attending in our "artist's corner" (for the current list of artists attending please check the schedule (pdf)).

The Fan Exposition is the heart of the whole festival and we encourage you to buy a VIP ticket for all three days, as there will be too much to see and do. Our Fan Exposition brings together some of the most interesting people and collectible items relating to the world of Tolkien. However, we really want to encourage fans to bring along their very own special Tolkien pieces for exhibition and participate actively in the discussions. The item does not have to be especially valuable: just interesting to other Tolkien fans. If you are interested in participating in this club like atmosphere, please let us know. Submit a picture and brief description of your collectible piece, and if we agree to display it, you will receive free general entrance. All items submitted will be secure and fully insured. We feel strongly that the Fan Exposition is for the fans, by the fans.

You can buy a one-day ticket for £50 or a three-day Fan Exposition pass for £130, which includes general festival admission, but not the conference. We encourage you to come all three days for the full Tolkien experience. There is currently a special price offer of £100 for a three-day pass to the fan exposition (£33 a day, what a bargain)! Price on the door will be much higher...Don’t be disappointed, book now!

To get the best value and ensure you don't miss anything - buy a three-day VIP Pass!

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These very special tickets priced at £260, are for the most discerning of Tolkien fans. As VIP tickets holders you will receive priority entrance to The Festival, The Exposition and The Conference. You will also receive special discounts and offers throughout the Festival. The first 100 VIP tickets holders will receive a special invitation to attend our ‘VIP Only’ Sunday night party in the Bellevue Hotel right on the waterfront in Aberystwyth. The guest speakers and artists from the Festival will be in attendance and this will allow you, as a VIP ticket holder, to meet them in a more relaxed and intimate fashion. As there are a limited number of these tickets, we would encourage you to purchase them as soon as possible.

Click here to see artists that are "Tolkien" inspired.

The LotR painted van from the Tolkien Shop will be at the Festival

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Festival Art and Books

Festival in the Shire; A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired will contain themes from the books; The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by the author J.R.R. Tolkien as well as his son Christopher Tolkien. Many new fans are only familiar with The Lord of the Rings movie and eagerly await the new Hobbit movie. We hope to enlighten both new and old fans with the huge variety of J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien inspired books, art, paintings, collectibles, memorabilia, games, computer games, toys, statues, movie memorabilia etc. available to collect and enjoy. There are literally thousands of different items.

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