"As lifelong J.R.R. Tolkien fans, everyone at Taverncraft worked hard to ensure the stein truly honored the characters," said 3 Point Entertainment President Jerry Bennington. "The artwork on Smaug the Magnificent, which shows the dragon Smaug in his lair with Bilbo, beautifully captures both the danger and excitement of the scene. It's a great stein to kick off the line-up, and one we're sure fans of Middle-earth will be incredibly excited to add to their collections."
Each Smaug the Magnificent stein stands over 10" (25.4 cm) tall and is handcrafted from authentic fine-grain stoneware. The steins feature panoramic bas-relief sculpting and a sculpted pewter lid featuring the legendary "One Ring to rule them all." The Smaug the Magnificent Epic Collection Stein is available through June 30, 2010, at a special pre-order price of $99.99, while the Smaug the Magnificent Legendary Collection Stein is available through June 30, 2010, at a pre-order price of $149.99. The Smaug the Magnificent Legendary Collection Stein is limited to 999 worldwide, features an 18K gold-plated "One Ring" lid and hand-painted gold trimming throughout the image and handle. Also included is a certificate of authenticity hand-signed and numbered by the artist.
The Smaug the Magnificent stein is expected to ship in September, 2010. Additional images and information, along with ordering details, are available at www.hobbitsteins.com