Just as we always expected: Stephen Colbert is a die hard devotee of all things Tolkien.
The Colbert Report host and soon-to-be replacement for David Letterman on The Late Show made jaws drop at Comic-Con over the weekend when he showed up in full Middle Earth regalia to host a panel.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Colbert was at Comic-Con to helm the Warner Bros panel for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third instalment in the film trilogy lensed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.
As can be seen in a YouTube video of the event, Colbert bounded into the room for the Hobbit panel accompanied by his son, with both attired in hobbit gear.
Said a beaming Colbert: "If only I could go back in time and show this to my 13-year-old self."
In the lively hour-long panel, Colbert capably holds forth as moderator of the discussion on the third Hobbit film, with the active participation of Jackson and franchise stars Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly.
Of course, regular viewers of Colbert Report will already know that the bespectacled host is a lifelong aficionado of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings.
Remember that time last year when Colbert schooled James Franco on his Tolkien knowledge?
At Comic-Con, Colbert even talked about his reaction when he first learned that Jackson was going to mount the LOTR trilogy.
"The only problem, as I saw it, with a total running time of 11 and a half hours, they were too damn short," Colbert told Comic-Con attendees.
In fact, Colbert is such a fan of Tolkien's work that he actually has a fleeting cameo in the second Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, as a grubby spy in the Middle Earth community of Lake-town.
And although Colbert only appears on-screen for a moment, he was obviously allowed to keep the costume – which is the outfit he wore at Comic-Con, right down to the eye patch.
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