Stephen Colbert's 'Hobbit' Interviews + 'Desolation of Smaug' Photo

December 7, 2012
Source: EW

Stephen Colbert

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!

Here's the first look photo from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug out of the way (via EW):

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - First Look

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 McKellen and Andy Serkis. The interviews are really entertaining and you can definitely tell he's a human Tolkien encyclopedia with some of his questions:

For more of Stephen Colbert's Hobbit coverage and videos of "The Colbert Show", visit colbertnation.com.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 14th.

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Great post!

Nick Sears on Dec 7, 2012


"Interestingly enough, Colbert is one of the biggest Colbert fanatics in the world..." ROTFL. He would completely agree with you!

Akirakorn on Dec 7, 2012


Hahaha...whoops! At least the statement was still true! Thanks for pointing that funny mistake out!

Ethan Anderton on Dec 7, 2012


in the featurette (i think) it was said that they went into the appendices of LotR for other storyline for the hobbit (that might be where 3rd movie info is from?). while i've browsed that over the years, i was always interested in events that happened after rings......i'm going back and start checking out the history again to see what info they might be using.

beevis on Dec 7, 2012


Splendid. Well we'll all be on here waiting to hear back from you and what you found out.

JBrotsis on Dec 7, 2012


dumbass - i was commenting on the article. it's too bad you don't know how to read.

beevis on Dec 7, 2012



JBrotsis on Dec 8, 2012


Hihihi 🙂

David Banner on Dec 12, 2012


would it have anything to do with Radagast the brown talking about a necromancer killing wildlife?

Jericho on Dec 8, 2012


it looks as if there might be a lot of movie time dedicated to the battles the dwarves and orcs had over what had happened at moria. it's hard to keep the timeline straight, but it looks like, while thorin led the mission to take back erebor, the rest of the dwarf nation was trying to exact vengeance on the orcs for thier attacks on the dwarves. i didn't see anything on radagast.

beevis on Dec 9, 2012


yeah i dunno, i saw him following giant spiders, fighting ghosts, then dissappeared distracting orc hunting parties from finding the dwarves.. the Gandalf was talking with Sarumon in the elf place over what Radagast found *not saying what it was*

Jericho on Dec 9, 2012


i'd love to have radagast have some quality "face time". i was hoping tom bombadil might turn up in one of the movies too!

beevis on Dec 9, 2012


Love this! Love Ian McKellan!

Jonas Fjelltun on Dec 7, 2012


they just had in early screening in Ft.Campbell theater and i didn't recall seeing him in the movie....

Jericho on Dec 8, 2012

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