Issue Date: 23/01/2018
Issue Name: Game of Thrones - Beasts & Blades Ice Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Winter is Here! And with it comes these blockbuster Game of Thrones stamps on our magnificient Beasts & Blades first day cover. The Game of Thrones production involves a very significant British contribution in its realisation, and promotes the British TV and Film industry. This stamp issue marks this contribution and recognises the very considerable number of British and International fans of the series. The cast is predominantly British and Irish. 2.8 million UK viewers, and 16.1 million Americans watched the premier of Season 7 for Game of Thrones earlier this year, making this hit TV show on of the biggest ever!
Fight fire and ice and kick start 2018 by collecting the first issue in the brand new Buckingham Covers sixth series. Let battle commence!
Fantasy Fiction is usually set in an imaginary universe. The supernatural, magic and mythical creatures are common in many of these imaginary worlds and symbolism often plays a significant role. Stories of folklore involving magic and terrible monsters have always been told in spoken forms before the invention of printed literature. Classical mythology is rife with fantastical stories and characters, the best known being the works of Homer and Virgil. The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) from the Middle East, Norse and Icelandic sagas, and Celtic Folklore all form a wide base from which fantasy fiction has ultimately been derived.
The modern fantasy genre grew during the 18th century with fictional traveller’s tales and folk stories such as the Arthurian legends becoming increasingly popular in artistic circles. In the 19th century it evolved from a literary tapestry of fantastic stories and gained recognition as a distinct style, later directly influencing and becoming synonymous with authors C.S Lewis in the Chronicles of Narnia books and J. R. R. Tolkien in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books. The success Lewis and Tolkien achieved in the early 20th century finally allowed fantasy to truly enter into the mainstream and gain critical acclaim.
Post war, many publishers began to search for a new series which could have similar mass-market appeal. After some years, breakthrough success came in the 1970s with Terry Brooks’ Shannara Chronicles and Ursula K Le Guin’s Tales from Earthsea, this gave rise to many modern fantasy fiction classics including Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. While fantasy has remained somewhat of a niche market, this has begun to change in recent years and has become increasingly intertwined with mainstream fiction. The blockbuster success of film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia has helped further this trend.
Most recently we have seen the best selling books of all time emerge from this genre with J. K Rowling’s Harry Potter books and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Both of these have also popularly translated to screen through the phenomenal Harry Potter films produced by Warner Bros. from 2001 - 2011 and the acclaimed HBO series, Game of Thrones. From the early origins of fantasy fiction being traditionally written, film and television have now also made it an immensely popular subject matter from which graphic novels, video games, music and art take inspiration.
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Richard Dormer is an actor, playwright and screenwriter from Northern Ireland. He is best known for his role as Beric Dondarrion in the HBO television series Game of Thrones and Dan Anderssen in Sky Atlantic's Fortitude.