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Colbert's all-Hobbit week

A scene from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,"

A scene from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of Peter Jackson's three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. (Credit: Warner Bros.)

If you tune in to "The Colbert Report" next week, do not be alarmed - the host (Stephen Colbert) has not lost his mind, gone off the deep end, or otherwise lost his marbles...he is merely indulging his greatest of loves, for All Things Tolkien. And really, who can blame him: The prequel (sort of) to the greatest movie trilogy in cinematic history ("Lord of the Rings") begins shortly, and Colbert will take a trip to the shire next week:

In major anticipation of the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast/super fan Stephen Colbert will host guest appearances from Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf; 12/3), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins; 12/4), director Peter Jackson (12/5) and Andy Serkis (Gollum; 12/6) on “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. “The Hobbit” hits theaters nationwide on Friday, December 14....

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