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Evangeline Lilly in Middle-earth postage stamp, feels 'honored'

The New Zealand Post rolls out stamps and coins inspired in character from the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

By Veronica Linares
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Evangeline Lilly in Middle-earth postage stamp, feels 'honored'
Cast member Evangeline Lilly attends the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on December 2, 2013. Storyline: After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly said she was "honored" to appear in a New Zealand Post stamp that marks the premiere of forthcoming film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Lilly, 34, who plays Elf warrior Tauriel in the second installment of The Hobbit franchise, said it didn't "get much cooler" than appearing on a stamp and coin from Middle-earth.

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"I have so much love for New Zealand and so I'm honored that she is showing me such love," Lilly said.

Peter Jackson's sequel to The Hobbit premiered in Los Angeles Monday ahead of its New Zealand debut on December 12.

The stamps and coins released by The New Zealand Post last month also feature characters Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield, Bard the Bowman and Legolas Greenleaf.

The Post also released commemorative stamps for the release of the first installment of the saga The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December 2012.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (New Zealand Post)

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