30 November 2012

Hobbit-Themed Week Planned for Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert is, as everybody probably knows by now, a huge Tolkien fanatic. While many of us are gearing up for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's December 14 release by rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy, re-reading (or reading for the first time) The Hobbit, or making elaborate costumes to wear on opening night, the fake TV pundit has found his own way to prepare.

Next Monday (3 December), "The Colbert Report" will kick off its own "Hobbit week," wherein Colbert will interview three of the trilogy's major characters – Sir Ian McKellen on Monday, Martin Freeman on Tuesday, and Andy Serkis on Wednesday – as well as director Peter Jackson on Friday.

"Elen sila lumenn‘ omentielvo*," he said in a statement, adding, "I mean that sincerely."

Recently, Colbert boasted about his victory in a Tolkien trivia contest against Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens. Even Peter Jackson admits that he has "never met a bigger Tolkien geek" than Colbert.

Rumours that Colbert will make a cameo appearance in The Hobbit have also been confirmed.

* "A star shines upon the hour of our meeting"

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