Friday, January 3, 2014

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

Map for The Lord of the Rings
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The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II.
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The Forest of Lothlorien in Spring

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Lothlórien was a forest located in Middle-earth, next to the lower Misty Mountains. 

Some other beautiful names of this forest are:
TLaurelindórinan (Land of the Valley of Singing Gold) 
Lórinand (Golden Valley)
Lórien ("Land of Gold", although it carried within it also the meaning of "dream")
Dwimordene (from dwimor "phantom", an allusion to the perceived magic of the Elves)
The Golden Wood

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Dust-jacket for The Fellowship of the Ring

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The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It takes place in the fictional universe Middle-earth. It was originally published on July 29, 1954 in the United Kingdom.
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Rivendell is an Elven outpost in Middle-earth, a fictional realm created by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was established and ruled by Elrond in the Second Age of Middle-earth (four or five thousand years before the events of The Lord of the Rings).
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The Hall at Bag-End

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Bag End is an un-numbered smial (smials are hobbit-holes, inhabited by the well-to-do Hobbits) built by Bungo Baggins of Hobbiton as a wedding gift to his bride Belladonna Took, a daughter of Gerontius Took of Tookland. Bungo built the hole in the side of a hill off a path leading from The Hill Road on the north side of Hobbiton. The two had one child, Bilbo. Since they both died relatively young by Hobbit standards, Bilbo Baggins remained there as a bachelor.

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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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