Written by Ella Thomson on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert has made no secret about the fact that he is a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. He’s even shown off his precious Aragorn’s sword on his show.

“I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life,” Hobbit director Peter Jackson told Entertainment Weekly. “Philippa Boyens is our resident Tolkien expert, and when Stephen came down to visit the set, we put him head to head with Philippa on a Tolkien quiz — and Stephen triumphed.

“I have to say, his encyclopedic knowledge of Tolkien is spectacular, and points to a deprived childhood in some respects,” he jokes.

Rumours have even been out there that Stephen will get a chance to make a cameo in the first Hobbit movie.

“I read that, too – it was very, very interesting,” Peter said. “It’s yet to be confirmed or denied.”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is set to hit theatres on December 14th.


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