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The Lord of the Rings is celebrating 20 years after the premiere of the stamp film trilogy.

The new stamp commemorates the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  They were designed by artist Sacha Lease.

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The new stamp commemorates the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They were designed by artist Sacha Lease.

Created by one of the original artists accused of reviving Middle Earth. A collection of stamps commemorating the first Lord of the Rings movie., Friendship of color.Twenty years after his release.

Lower Hut-based artist Sacha Les says hand-painting scenes and characters for the stamp set marks the end of his journey to the Lord of the Rings, which began more than two decades ago.

“Your mind wanders to that moment. When I started working on the film, I had no idea how big it would be.

Liz was part of a six-person design team where she worked on props, creature design, sculpture, and the creation of artificial products such as feet and ears.

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The stamp was commissioned by NZ Post. The set recognizes the film’s significant contribution to New Zealand’s history, culture and identity, said Anthony Harris, head of service stamps and collection.

NZ Post was proud to support the original film project by producing a set of stamps at the time. They sold around the world like never before.

Liz was also involved in designing the original stamps.

“It’s unbelievable how big movies and auxiliary industries have become,” he said.

“There really was no industry to talk about. There were no rules, we figured it out ourselves – that’s the Kiwi way.

Anthony Harris, NZ Post's head of stamps and collectibles, said the series recognized the film's significant contribution to New Zealand's history, culture and identity.

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Anthony Harris, NZ Post’s head of stamps and collectibles, said the series recognized the film’s significant contribution to New Zealand’s history, culture and identity.

“It was great to work with artists from the American film industry who we didn’t have in New Zealand at the time.”

Liz chose to paint the design instead of using digital techniques because she thought it would be more faithful to the aesthetics of the film.

Originally starting with about 20 pages of ideas, he and the NZ Post team, some of whom were “very passionate followers” of the films, took the series to the last six designs.

He said that the stamps produced depict the “brilliant scenes and characters” of the first film.

Stamps sold out on Wednesday. A series of legal tender commemorative coins issued in partnership with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will be available between October and December.

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