Thursday, January 2, 2014

Part B - Lord of the Rings Postcard and Stamp Set from Great Britain


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Orthanc is a tower on a rock in the middle of the Ring of Isengard. During the assault on Isengard, the Ents destroyed most of the surrounding area, but could not harm Orthanc, for it is made of a single piece of unbreakable black stone.

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Doors of Durin

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The Doors of Durin, also known as West-gate of Moria, were built in the dark cliffs of Silvertine mountain and protected the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm.

The two greatest craftsmen of the Second Age, the elf-lord Celebrimbor and the Dwarf Narvi, built the Doors. They were made like a flush door, the jambs invisible to the eye, and matched so perfectly with the mountain rock that, when closed, the Doors could not be seen. The slabs were made by Narvi out of grey material stronger than stone, and inlayed by Celebrimbor with Ithildin, which can only be seen in starlight and moonlight.

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Barad-dûr, also known as the Dark Tower, was the Dark Lord Sauron's main stronghold in Middle-earth. Built during the Second Age, it was destroyed at the end of the War of the Ring.

It was built by Sauron in the land of Mordor, not far from the volcano called Mount Doom. The construction of the tower took six hundred years to complete.

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Minas Tirith

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Minas Tirith was the capital of Gondor in the Third Age and the Fourth Age of Middle-earth. 

It is often referred to as the White City (though that name is not in the book) and the City of the Kings.  In the climax of The Lord of the Rings the city comes under a very large and determined attack by the allied forces of Mordor.

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Fangorn Forest
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Fangorn forest was a forest beneath the southeastern flank of the Misty Mountains.
It was known for being the last habitation of the Ents (Ents are tree-like creatures). It was named after the oldest Ent, Fangorn (Treebeard).
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From all the postcards:

JRR Tolkien (3 January 1892 - 2 September 1973) - The Lord of the Rings

Postcard reproduced from a stamp designed by HGV Design
issued by Royal Mail on 26 February 2004.

These are from Great Britain - unused, from 2004 with the matching stamp attached to the back!

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Royal Mail celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings with these special issue stamps.
The 10 illustrations relate to places and characters from JRR Tolkien's book and - with one exception - were taken from the author's original drawings. (the 'Map for The Lord of the Rings' was done by his son Christopher).

The stamp illustrations are as follows:

Map from the Lord of The Rings Drawn by Christopher Tolkien, the map depicts areas from Middle-earth.

The Forest of Lothlorien The name give to the land to the east of Misty Mountains (usually called Lorien).

The Fellowship of the Ring The title of part one; the quest to take the One Ring to Mount Doom to destroy it.

Rivendell Hidden refuge of Elrond Halfelven, founded in the 2nd Age against the assaults of Sauron in Eriador.

The Hall at Bag-End Where Bilbo Baggins lived, named after a Worcestershire lane where Tolkien's aunt lived.

Orthanc Granted by Beren to the Wizard Saruman. The Tower played an important part in the War of the Ring.

Doors of Durin The enchanted doors could be opened by a single word, mellon - Elvish for friend.

Barad-Dur The dark tower of Barad-Dur was constructed by Sauron, using the power of the One Ring.

Minas Tirith The seven-tiered citadel of the Kings of Gondor, originally named Minas Anor.

Fanghorn Forest The forest took its names from the Elvish word Fanghorn or Treebeard.

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