Single $2.00 'Arwen' gummed stamp.
Tying her fate to the mortal Aragorn, the elf princess Arwen helps inspire his journey towards his destiny as King. This scene can seem mysterious to people who are new to Tolkien. Online experts the Council of Elrond explain that here Arwen reads about the Paths of the Dead, which Aragorn travels on later. Sets for the elf stronghold of Rivendell included Kaitoke Regional Park near Upper Hutt, but, as Ian Brodie notes in his location guide, animators added digital enhancements later.
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|Date of issue:||1 November 2023|
|Number of stamps:||Six gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$2.00 x 2, $3.30 x 2, $4.00 & $4.60|
|Stamp designs:||$2.00 Arwen, $2.00 The Lair of Shelob, $3.30 The Army of the Dead, $3.30 The Shieldmaiden of Rohan, $4.00 Gandalf and the Moth, $4.60 The Ring is Mine|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Sacha Lees, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Brebner Print, Napier, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||50mm x 35.71mm (horizontal)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||112mm x 66mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell red phosphor gummed stamp paper 106gsm|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||20|
|Perforation gauge:||14.40 x 14.00|
|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 October 2024. First day covers will remain on sale until 27 December 2023. Miniature sheet first day covers will remain on sale indefinitely.|