Here’s something you probably already knew about Stephen Colbert: He’s a massive J.R.R. Tolkien devotee. He’s such a fan that he recently flew to New Zealand to visit the set of The Hobbit (and film a cameo appearance), and he speaks Elvish pretty fluently. That’s why it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that Colbert is hosting a week of The Hobbit-themed programming from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 in anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
“Elen sila lumenn‘ omentielvo,” Colbert said in his announcement to Entertainment Weekly, the Elvish phrase translating to, “A star shines upon the hour of our meeting.” He continued, “I mean that sincerely.”
The exact details of the programming block haven’t been revealed, but he will be speaking with some exciting guests from the movie. Ian McKellen will appear on The Colbert Report on Dec. 3, Martin Freeman on Dec. 4, Peter Jackson on Dec. 5 and Andy Serkis on Dec. 6.
Colbert reportedly won’t appear in An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14, but his cameo at least is confirmed. That means we can expect him in either The Desolation of Smaug, which opens on Dec. 13, 2013, or in There and Back Again, which is due on July 18, 2014. It also gives us time to figure out who he is playing, since that information has not been revealed yet.
Jackson’s three-movie adaptation of Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel stars Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, and features returning Lord of the Rings stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis. The ensemble cast also includes Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner.