2021 marks the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film release in the epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy. One of modern cinema’s greatest achievements, the film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards.
Celebrating the anniversary, a set of six stamps and miniature sheets features key moments from the film with original paintings by award-winning Wellington artist Sacha Lees. Lees worked as a designer and sculptor on the films and designed NZ Post’s The Fellowship of the Ring stamps in 2001.
Single stamps in this issue are:
$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.
Product listing for 2021 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 20th Anniversary
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|Set of First Day Covers||Set fo two first day covers with six gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$16.00|
|Date of issue:||1 September 2021|
|Number of stamps:||Six 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. Set fo two first day covers remained on sale until 27 October 2021.|
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Fantastic continuation of the earlier sets for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Artwork is second to none. Hopefully there will be 20th issues for The Two Towers and The Return of the King.