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2021 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 20th Anniversary Set of Mint Stamps

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Mint set of six gummed stamps.

$1.50 The Journey Begins

In the region of The Shire, the village Hobbiton is home to hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Scenes here were filmed near Matamata on the private Alexander Farm, whose rolling hills provided an idyllic backdrop. 

$1.50 Hiding from the Black Rider

Taking cover in a hollow among the roots of a tree, Frodo and his friends evade an envoy of Mordor. Surprisingly, this forested scene was filmed not in a remote location but in Wellington city’s Town Belt. 

$1.50 The Prancing Pony

As their quest begins, Frodo and his hobbit friends Sam, Pippin and Merry drink ale at the Prancing Pony in Bree, where they first meet Aragorn. The Bree scenes were filmed at former army camp Fort Dorset in Seatoun, Wellington.  

$2.80 Flight to the Ford

After Frodo is stabbed, Arwen the elven princess gallops with him on her horse through a prairie and a wood to the safety of a river. The scene was filmed at the Shotover River which flows through the rocky gorge Skippers Canyon, near Queenstown. 

$3.60 The Bridge of Khazad-dûm

Perhaps the movie’s most theatrical moment takes place in subterranean labyrinth the Mines of Moria, where Gandalf turns and cries “You shall not pass” to the fire-breathing Balrog. 

 $4.10 The Gates of Argonath

Journeying along the River Anduin in three boats, the Fellowship passes two gigantic stone statues guarding the northern border of Gondor. This epic scene was filmed in the Kawarau Gorge and Kawarau River near Queenstown.

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Date of issue: 1 September 2021
Number of stamps: Sixr gummed
Denominations: $1.50 x 3, $2.80, $3.60, $4.10
Designed and illustrated by: Sacha Lees, Wellington new Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 35.71mm x 50mm (vertical)
Miniature sheet size and format: 112mm x 66mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 106gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14.4 x 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 31 August 2022. First day covers will remain on sale until 27 October 2021.