It is exactly two weeks until the December 14th release of the much anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel, “The Hobbit”, and late night political comedian Stephen Colbert is not afraid to let his nerd flag fly. From December 3rd to December 6th, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” will present four nights of Hobbit filled programming.
Stephen Colbert is a long time J.R.R. Tolkien fan who has displayed his passion and knowledge about the legendary book and movie series on numerous occasions on his show. Next week’s shows promise to dazzle fans of the series as well as Colbert, as he has some impressive guest stars lined up to commemorate the occasion. Each night will feature a single guest from the upcoming film, and will include Ian McKellan (Gandalf the Grey), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and the director himself Peter Jackson.
There are also rumours floating around that Colbert himself will appear in a cameo role in “The Hobbit” trilogy, which he may have shot while he was visiting the set in New Zealand during filming. When Peter Jackson was asked about this, he responded “It’s yet to be confirmed or denied. I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life.” Jackson called Colbert’s “encyclopedic knowledge” of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous works “spectacular.” That is some high praise coming from a man who has dedicated over 10 years of his life to bringing the epic adventures of middle earth to the big screen.
In the excitement leading up to the big “Hobbit” themed week, Colbert released this statement: “Elen sila lumenn‘ omentielvo… I mean that sincerely.” This translates to “A star shines upon the hour of our meeting”.
Will you be tuning in to next week’s “Colbert Report” Hobbit-extravaganza? Having just recently finished reading “The Hobbit” for myself (I am a little behind in my reading you might say…) I look forward to seeing what Colbert and his guests have in store for us.