In news that will shock nobody, New Zealand is honoring Peter Jackson‘s second trilogy set in Middle Earth – also known as New Zealand – with a commemorative set of stamps. The neat thing about them, assuming you’re not a philatelist and find them fascinating already, is these stamps give us good looks at Thorin Oakenshield, Elrond, and Radagast the Brown.

Personally, I like seeing more of Radagast the most. Whether it’s because I find him a fascinating character – and really, who doesn’t want to meet another wizard? – or because I think Sylvester McCoy is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met, I’m not sure.

See more at the website for New Zealand’s Post. Though, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to order these outside of New Zealand. But I bet someone will have ’em eBay.

Source: CBM

Elrond is back, and not too surprisingly Hugo Weaving is reprising the role. The casting news was recently confirmed by Ian McKellen on his personal blog,

The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.

Also reprising their roles are, obviously, McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Ian Holm and Elijah Wood will also appear in future scenes, and of course there’s Peter Jackson again in the director’s chair. Fans of the Lord of the Rings films should have no worries, The Hobbit is shaping up to fit in the series quite nicely.

Don’t forget to catch Weaving in Captain America, opening July 22nd, as the villainous Red Skull.

But what is McKellen talking about the rest of the cast remaining on duty? Who left?

Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit. This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact.

WHAT!?! Quickly, hit the jump to read McKellen’s entire post and learn the truth!