The Colbert Report: Hobbit Week

Yesterday we got our first look at Legolas and Bard in the The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the third installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy of movies adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel. Now today comes a new photo of Bilbo in a very recognizable part of the story from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Of course, fans of the book will likely be curious as to what the third film will entail if this happens in the second film. Writer Phillipa Boyens says, "everyone can suspect there's a rather large battle in film three." Meanwhile, we have some treats from another hardcore Tolkien nerd: Stephen Colbert. See below!

As we all know, Stephen Colbert has some sort of small part in The Hobbit trilogy. However, we're not sure if Colbert shows up in the first film or in the two sequels coming in 2013 and 2014. Interestingly enough, Colbert is one of the biggest Tolkien fanatics in the world, and while he was on the set in New Zealand, he actually won a Tolkien trivia contest, beating out the resident expert, screenwriter Philipa Boyens. And so, almost as a victory lap, this entire week, the comedian's Comedy Central program "The Colbert Report" has featured interviews with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis. The interviews are really entertaining and you can definitely tell he's a human Tolkien encyclopedia with some of his questions.

videos at the source

for some reason, i'm having a problem embedding the interviews. they're at the source and definitely worth a watch, especially ian mckellen's.