It is no secret that Comedy Central personality Stephen Colbert is a big fan of JRR Tolkien’s 1937 book, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Colbert already has secured some kind of role in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation, which has been extended to a trilogy, but now the host of The Colbert Report has announced that his show the week of December 3 will be all about The Hobbit.
E! reports that the The Colbert Report that will week feature guests Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Grey), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Andy Serkis (Smeagle/Gollum) and Jackson.
When E! reached out to Colbert about the announcement, the star of the faux news program showed his Tolkien street cred by speaking to them in Elvish, a language Tolkien developed that is spoken by the race of Elves in Middle Earth.
“Elen sila lumenn’ omentielvo (A star shines upon the hour of our meeting),” Colbert said. “I mean that sincerely.”
UPI notes that Colbert has used his extensive knowledge of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit on The Colbert Report before. He used it to decimate a Tea Party attempt to justify a position using a Lord of the Rings analogy.
Later he brandished a replica of Anduril, the sword which in the Lord of the Rings belongs to Aragorn and was given to Colbert by Viggo Mortensen. He brought out the sword, given to him by the Viggo Mortensen, not to make any kind of point, but to remind the American people that he owns it.