We probably guessed Gollum and Gandalf but how many of us predicted that Thorin Oakenshield and Radagast would appear on the new ‘Hobbit’ stamps?
Following their earlier sneak preview of the new Bilbo Baggins stamp, New Zealand Post has now revealed to fans and collectors its complete set of six new ‘Hobbit’ stamps. Issued to coincide with Sir Peter Jackson’s new blockbuster trilogy, the first film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” is due for release in the UK on 14th December.
So here’s who else features on the new Middle Earth stamps …
70c Bilbo Baggins – Like all Hobbits, Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet life in the Shire but finds himself on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
$1.40 Gollum – Once a hobbit-like creature named Sméagol, Gollum’s body and soul have been poisoned by the power of the precious one.
$1.90 Gandalf – One of the most powerful Wizards in all Middle-earth, Gandalf the Grey joins the quest to reclaim Erebor and the great treasure that lies within its stone halls from a fire-breathing dragon, Smaug the Terrible.
$2.10 Thorin Oakenshield – A strong, fearless fighter and respected leader of The Company of Dwarves, Thorin is determined to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that brought misery upon his people.
$2.40 Radagast – Forgetful, easily distracted and quite eccentric, Radagast is more comfortable talking to animals than people. A fellow Wizard and friend of Gandalf the Grey, Radagast is one of the guardians of the great forests of Middle-earth.
$2.90 Elrond – Elrond is one of the wisest and most ancient of the Elves remaining in Middle-earth. He is also Master of Rivendell, the Last Homely House East of the Sea.
New Zealand Post is also issuing the only official legal tender commemorative coins from Middle earth.
The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will follow in December 2013, with the final film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” earmarked for release in July, 2014.
A superb range of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” collectables including coins and stamps is now available to buy from The Westminster Collection.