This beautiful folding ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ stamp booklet offers an introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and features leading characters from Peter Jackson’s award winning ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ motion picture. Inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, it pays tribute to and explore Tolkien’s classic saga in a form that film enthusiasts, stamp collectors, and fans will appreciate and enjoy.
THIS COMPACT COMMEMORATIVE Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Stamp Booklet contains a varied selection of ten examples of the six official Definitive Self-Adhesive Stamps showing pictorial designs derived from scenes in the award winning ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ motion picture, in a special ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fold-out collectable booklet. Crafted by Sacha Lees at Weta Workshop - one of the team nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of two prestigious BAFTA Awards - this limited edition 2001 Stamp Booklet represents a wonderful opportunity to commemorate their amazing cinematic achievement. A second OOP ‘The Two Towers’ Stamp Booklet was issued in December 2002 and a third ‘The Return of the King’ Stamp Booklet was released in November 2003 to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy. See below for additional information about stamps booklets.
WE WILL ALSO be offering occasional ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ First Day Miniature Covers, Presentation Packs and Maximum Postcards - either purchase direct or check our regular auctions. As these limited edition Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Stamp Booklets were only marketed in New Zealand, supply is strictly limited - don’t delay too long or you may be disappointed.
actual size: 10 1/16 H x 2 3/8 W inches; 255 x 60 mm
70c stamp design: Walking in the garden of Isengard, the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen) informs Saruman the White (Christopher Lee) that the unthinkable has occurred - the long lost Ruling Ring of the Dark Lord has been found, unaware that Saruman has gone over to the side of Sauron and also seeks it.
$1.90 stamp design: Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods) - The Ringbearer, accompanied by old friend Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee (Sean Astin) enjoy an ale in the Inn of the Prancing Pony, while nervously awaiting the arrival of Gandalf.
$1.40 stamp design: Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), the mysterious Lady of the Golden Wood, Queen of Lorien, also known as The White Lady. Although offered the One Ring by Frodo, she refused knowing too well its power to corrupt even the pure at heart.
$2.10 Stamp design: The Guardian of Rivendell stands guard over Frodo who lies asleep, having been near fatally wounded by a Morgul knife while escaping the pursuing Ringwraiths.
$2.40 Stamp design: One of the secretive band of Rangers who roam the wild lands, Strider (Viggo Mortensen) watches the hobbits from the shadows of the Inn of the Prancing Pony. He’s later revealed to be Aragorn - heir to Gondor’s throne.
$2.90 Stamp design: Boromir of Gondor (Sean Bean) blows the ancient Horn of his people to warn of a raiding party of savage Uruk-Hai. He fell defending Pippin and Merry, shortly after Frodo left the Fellowship at Amon Hen to strike out for Mordor alone.
Additional Info: front cover of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey booklet features Gandalf having plucked the One Ring out of the fire to determine if it is the one true Ring. The rear cover (shown at right) depicts a scene with The Fellowship floating down the Anduin River with background details about the making of the motion picture trilogy.
You may notice that the self-adhesive stamps are slightly smaller (26 x 37 mm; 1 x 1 1/2") than the corresponding gummed stamps (25 x 50 mm; 1 x 2"), and a different aspect ratio - portrait versus the landscape used for the gummed denominations. This Stamp Booklet like the rest of the 2001 Official ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ issue was only marketed in New Zealand and available for a limited time. A second ‘The Two Towers’ Stamp Booklet was issued in December 2002 and a third ‘The Return of the King’ Stamp Booklet was released in November 2003 to commemorate the Middle-earth movie trilogy.
Unexpected Journey: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Return of King: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Two Towers: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Fellowship: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack