Stephen Colbert has made no secret of the fact that he’s a J.R.R. Tolkien ubergeek. “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings” — he loves them all. Not only has he gushed about Tolkien’s books on his show and hosted a “Hobbit” panel at ComicCon, he recently posed in costume for three different “Hobbit”-related Entertainment Weekly covers. Watch him transform into Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the mega-marksman elf Legolas here.
The issue hits stands Friday, Dec. 12. Colbert’s final “The Colbert Report” broadcast on Comedy Central is one week later, on Dec. 19.
Pegged to the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” which hits theaters Dec. 19 and is the final installment of director Peter Jackson’s big-budget trilogy, Colbert’s EW issue also includes an essay on his Tolkien infatuation and an interview he did with Jackson.
“Tolkien’s work has been a lifelong haven for me — truly a light in dark places when all other lights went out,” he writes. “For an awkward teenager, Middle-earth was a world I could escape to. Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth also gave me a world to escape to, but by the time his films came out, I was rich and famous and didn’t really want to escape my life anymore. Still, great movies.”