THIS SET INCLUDES all six Maximum Cards featuring key characters and scenes from the award-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ movie, with related gummed stamps and first day (05 Nov 2003) cancellation postmark. Maximum Card set comes in a clear, archival-quality protective sleeve, and includes a full-colour NZ Post brochure containing extensive background information on both this exciting stamp release and the epic production it honours. See below for more information about maximum cards.
Two earlier, now OOP sets were released to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ set was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002.
Postcard: Legolas 'Prince Of Mirkwood' Greenleaf (Orlando Bloom), Gimli, Aragorn, and Gandalf are seemingly all that remain of the original Fellowship, Stamp design: Legolas fights defiantly from his trusty steed Arod.
Postcard: The Ringbearer (Elijah Woods) feels the fate of all Middle-earth on his tiny shoulders as he and Sam journey into the heart of Mordor. Frodo must throw the One Ring into Mount Doom to destroy Sauron, Stamp design: Frodo Baggins uses the Phial of Galadriel to light his way into a cobweb-filled cave - Shelob’s Lair.
Postcard: Merry must remain strong of heart and true to the Fellowship even though parted from friend Pippin, Stamp design: Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) stand shoulder to shoulder in a flooded Isengard, mirroring their closely linked fate in the War of the Ring.
Postcard: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) accepts both his heritage and his destiny by receiving Anduril, the reforged sword of the King from Elrond. Aragorn forsakes glory and power, seeking simply the love of Elrond’s daughter Princess Arwen, Stamp design: King Elessar of Gondor leads the Army of the Dead at Battle of Pelennor Fields.
Postcard: Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) fights in the White City, Minas Tirith. He fights to divert Sauron’s attention and forces away from Frodo and the One Ring, Stamp design: Gandalf is a mighty warrior and master wizard.
Postcard: Gollum (Andy Serkis) desperately wants to be reunited with "my precious," now held by Master Frodo, Stamp design: In the Morgai wilderness, Gollum pauses beside a pond for a little chat with himself, "The Precious will be ourssssss!".
Maximum Cards: Picture postcards which have an illustration relating to the stamp affixed, and a postmark on the pictorial side of the card. The three elements - postcard illustration, stamp and postmark must relate but not be identical. These post cards and stamps have been postmarked with a specifically-designed cancellation that was only used for that day and issue. The cancellation stamp is a stylized Crown encircled by the words ‘The Return of the King, First Day of Issue, 5 November 2003, Stamps Centre Wanganui New Zealand’.
Additional Info: Maximum Cards are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier, now OOP sets of Maximum Cards were released to commemorate the ‘Middle earth’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ set was issued in December 2001, and ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002.
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