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Stephen Colbert Has A Cameo In The New Hobbit Movie, And It’s Not A Joke

Stephen Colbert Letterman December 2013

I’m currently counting down the days to Friday because that’s the day The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out, and my inner 12-year-old won’t allow me to quit my Lord of the Rings obsession. I’m definitely not as much of a nerd about it as Stephen Colbert, though. He is serious about it. He’s gotten into Tolkien trivia contests with bookworm James Franco, and he kicked Franco’s ass all the way to Mordor. He’s such a fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit that he even has a cameo in this new installment. And it’s not a joke, even though David Letterman might think so.

Colbert went on The Late Show last night dressed like an extra in a Dickens adaptation, because he’s Stephen Colbert and he’s awesome. The other guest on Letterman’s show last night just happened to be Gandalf himself, Ian McKellen. That was the perfect segue into talking about Colbert’s role in the new movie. And he really does have a role. Colbert explains that it’s on IMDb (it is), and like he says, “If it’s on the Internet, Dave, it’s true.” In this case it really is true. Not only is it on IMDb, but it’s also been in the works for a while now.

It seems like the kind of thing Colbert would just joke about, since his whole career surrounds around playing pretend and being funny, but Colbert actually visited the set of the movies — which were filmed simultaneously in New Zealand — a couple of years ago. His cameo was reported last year, but since it wasn’t in An Unexpected Journey, a lot of people likely forgot about it. Colbert reveals that his wife and two boys are also in the movie during a scene in Laketown. He apparently wanted to play an Elf since he already has a pointed ear (which you will never unsee), but he’s actually just a human. For the record, Colbert’s Elf name, according to this generator, would be Finrod Meneldur.

Go look for Finrod Stephen Colbert when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released this Friday, December 13.

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