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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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New Zealand Post was delighted to commemorate the historic cinematic event with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring stamp issue.

Issue information

The only stamps to be officially approved by the film's director Peter Jackson. This was a beautifully presented issue, combining actual scenes from the film with imagery evoking the mythology and magic of its setting in legendary Middle-earth.

Miniature Sheet

Each of these six miniature sheets contained a different image from the set, displayed in an illustrative panel. The miniature sheets portrayed the origin of each stamp image, derived from the scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring film.

Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, based on the reknown J.R.R. Tolkiens's The Lord of the Rings was filmed entirely in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Using over one hundred and fifty different locations, including thirty Department of Conservation sites, filming stretched from Te Anau to Matamata. The two thousand strong cast and crew, worked solidly from October 2000. The shoot endured through snow, hail, floods, ferocious winds and unrelenting sunshine on New Zealand's picturesque mountains, rivers, valleys, lakes and hill country.


A sheet of ten 40c stamps from The Fellowship of the Ring issue were displayed within a decorative border.

Self-adhesive Stamp Booklet

An illustrated booklet of self-adhesive stamps that were attractive and convenient to collect. Each booklet featured four 40c stamps, two 90c stamps, and one each of the rest of the stamp designs in the set - 80c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00.

First Day Covers

The two first day covers were unaddressed envelopes which featured unique pictorial designs, and the gummed and self-adhesive stamp sets respectively. The stamps were date stamped to commemorate the first day of issue of the official The Fellowship of the Ring stamps.

Maximum Cards

A set of six postage paid postcards which showed pictorial designs derived from scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring film, and with the relating gummed stamps and the date stamp.

Stamp Sheets

Six sheets of 25 gummed stamps were also available, each featured a different stamp design from the full set 40c, 80c, 90c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00.

Presentation Pack

The pack told you more about the background to the official The Fellowship of the Ring stamp issue, and was a prestigiously presented compilation of some of the products that were available. The pack included: the first day cover with gummed stamps, the self-adhesive stamp set, and the six miniature sheets. These were all archival quality mounted.

Product Listing for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Gandalf and Saruman' gummed stamp.

Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen) informed Saruman the White (Christopher Lee) that the unthinkable has happened. He is about to learn that the world has indeed changed.

Single Stamp

Single 80c 'The Lady Galadriel' gummed stamp.

Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), the mysterious Lady of the Wood. Powerful and, in her own way, perilous - none who encounter her remain unchanged.

Single Stamp

Single 90c 'Sam and Frodo' gummed stamp.

Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) accompanied by his friend Sam Gamgee (Sean Austin) waited nervously at the Inn of the Prancing Pony for the arrival of the wizard Gandalf the Grey.

Single Stamp

Single $1.30 'The Guardian of Rivendell' gummed stamp.

Frodo (Elijah Wood) is brought back from the brink of death at Rivendell.

Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Strider' gummed stamp.

Sensing the stranger's eyes upon him, Frodo learnt only that the man goes by the name of Strider (Viggo Mortensen).

Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Boromir, son of Denethor' gummed stamp.

Boromir of Gondor (Sean Bean) called for aid, blowing the ancient horn of his people.

Single Stamp Single 40c 'Gandalf and Saruman' self-adhesive stamp. $0.40
Single Stamp Single 80c 'The Lady Galadriel' self-adhesive stamp. $0.80
Single Stamp Single 90c 'Sam and Frodo' self-adhesive stamp. $0.90
Single Stamp Single $1.30 'The Guardian of Rivendell' self-adhesive stamp. $1.30
Single Stamp Single $1.50 'Strider' self-adhesive stamp. $1.50
Single Stamp Single $2.00 'Boromir, son of Denethor' self-adhesive stamp. $2.00
Set of Miniature Sheets Set of six mint, used or cancelled miniature sheets. $9.90
First Day Cover  First day cover with gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.40
First Day Cover First day cover with self-adhesive stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.40
Set of Miniature Sheet First Day Covers Set of first day covers with six miniature sheets affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $12.90
Set of Maximum Cards

Set of six pre-paid postcards featuring a stamp on the front and artwork from the stamp issue.

The individual maximum cards in this issue were:

  • Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellan) in Rivendell.
  • Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) before the Mirror, Lothlórien.
  • The patrons of the bar at the inn of hte Prancing Pony, Bree.
  • Arwen (Liv Tyler) with Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) in Rivendell.
  • Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) in Rivendell.
  • Balin's Tomb - The Fellowship prepares for an attack.
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing self-adhesive stamps. $9.00
Presentation Pack Presentation pack containing a selection of stamp products from the issue and further information on the theme of the stamps. $29.95
Ultimate Collection Pack containing every stamp product issued as part of this stamp issue. $265.95

Technical information

Date of issue: 4 December 2001
Number of stamp: Six
Denominations and designs: 40c Gandalf and Saruman, 80c The Lady Galadriel, 90c Sam and Frodo, $1.30 The Guardian of Rivendell, $1.50 Strider, $2.00 Boromir, son of Denethor
First day covers and self-adhesive booklet designed by: Sacha Lees, Weta Workshop, Wellington
Printer and process: Stamps and self-adhesive booklet: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 25mm x 50mm (vertical and horizontal); Self-adhesive: 26mm x 37mm (vertical and horizontal)
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Number of stamps per sheetlet: 10 x 40c
Number of stamps per booklet: 4 x 40c, 2 x 90c, 80c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00
Paper type: Gummed: De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper; Self-adhesive: JAC Non DC PSI B1000 PSA stamp paper
Perforation gauge: 14.25 x 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats for sheet stamps.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 3 December 2002.