In which Servetus catches up with the New Zealand Hobbit stamps curve


2013 New Zealand Post stamps commemorating The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


So, yeah, the news of the initial release of Hobbit stamps in New Zealand in honor of The Battle of the Five Armies was a bit of a wakeup call.


Hobbit-PStamps-MsheetThe 2014 issue.


Screen shot 2014-10-01 at 11.53.14 PMI’d been eying the customizable U.S. stamps since I first saw an announcement of them back in 2012. And this summer, I finally bought a sheet of these at left, which — no — I am not planning to use. I got to pick my favorite of the Desolation of Smaug Thorin images and ooh — they are too beautiful to put on an envelope! Honestly, when I die and my nieces find all these things with pictures of Thorin Oakenshield on them, they’re going to think I was crazy.

Anyway, the new announcement reminded me that I hadn’t yet bought the stamps I wanted from the issue for The Desolation of Smaug. I was pretty discombobulated last fall, though I thought about it a few times. Some of these items will remain on sale, but some will be made unavailable on October 31, 2013. So it’s time.

Tonight, I finally bought my TDOS stamps. It could have cost me a little less than the previous time, because the Thorin stamp is cheaper this time. But I spent a little more. I like the designs a lot better than the AUJ ones — they seem more artistic than the AUJ designs, which seemed more realistic to me. Better fantasy images reflecting a fantasy world.

And now — stamps for the last film are here. Honestly, if I am buying an NZ stamp, I don’t want my face on the body of a dwarf on it. (I would look silly as Thorin.) So nothing personalized (or rather, personalised) for me, although I will probably get a first day cover. That goes back to my childhood of stamp collecting — in which historic first day covers were kind of fascinating. (I bought a few of them as a kid and they are stored away, although I assume they will mostly be curiosities rather than valuable collectibles. I mean — who collects stamps anymore? How many kids even know what they are? And stamps on approval? I can’t imagine that’s even possible anymore.) The NZ page says the full issue of items for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be available November 5th.

Even in middle age, I still think stamps are cool.

~ by Servetus on October 2, 2014.

10 Responses to “In which Servetus catches up with the New Zealand Hobbit stamps curve”

  1. I was thrilled when I read the news yesterday. You have no idea how much I look forward to writing postcards from NZ next year ggg. I’m gonna by a whole truckload of Hobbit stamps 😀


  2. how lovely! i love postcards and odd and special stamps, for keeps , what a lovely idea, is there anything that hasn’t been invented yet with Hobbitthemes in terms of possible memorabilia? i need to explore this further and pick stuff 🙂


    • a suggestion to pace yourself … I’m a bit daunted by all the stuff I seem to have, lol 🙂


      • I’ll begin small 😀 desperately need something small and portable to take with me during the day and play with at work as due to hot desk policy i don’t have a desk of my own so have to carry everything i need and want with me every day grrr Lego sounds good or what else? Suggestions very welcome:-)


        • I first became aware of the stamps when a card from my sister and brother-in-law had a picture of them as the stamp. He has a big shot job and someone thought it was a great idea. My sister was embarrassed.

          A stamp with a picture of RA might just be worth the up-charge. Good for you Serv for buying things that make you happy!

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        • Pop Thorin is fairly small (4″ x 2″ x 2″) and is very light. I have him on my desk and he frequently cheers me up.


          • thank you 🙂 did a quick research last night, i wish they did the plush-Thorin in plastic as i love his face! But the plush one i couldn’t carry around in my backpack without ruining it. Put the pop one on my list the Lego one with weapons 🙂 But started small with a magnetic bookmark, we’ll see what’s next, hope the bookmark is as nice as it looked 🙂


  3. Wow, I didn’t even know Zazzle did this. That’s really neat.

    Of the NZ stamps, I like the mood of the Gandalf one best.


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