Dear Sir Ian – Please be my friend.

As a lot of you probably already know, Stephen Colbert — Tolkein geek extraordinaire — declared this to be Hobbit week on his show, and featured a different Hobbit guest  each night: Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf) on Monday, Martin Freeman (Bilbo) on Tuesday, Andy Serkis (Gollum) on Wednesday, and director Peter Jackson yesterday. (I haven’t watched last night’s yet, but I feel safe in assuming that Jackson was funny and charming!)

In the absence of information regarding the Jackson interview (no, don’t tell me! I can’t hear you! Fingers in my ears! Lalalalalala!), the two very best things of the whole week were as follows:

  1. How clearly impossible it was for Stephen-Colbert-The-Guy to stay in character as Stephen-Colbert-The-Pundit-Parody when sitting across the table from people involved in the LOTR franchise. It was just delightful to see how much fun he was having! Aw, Stephen!
  2. Colbert’s entrance into Wednesday’s Andy Serkis interview. If you didn’t see it, it starts at the 24 second mark below, and oh, it made me so very, very happy.
  3. (Ok, three. The bit that Serkis and Colbert did at the top of the interview, which looked to me to be entirely unplanned [by Colbert, at least!] was also pretty great). (But not great like #2 was great).

And #2 reminded me of the following, which simply serves to remind us all that Sir Ian is a marvel and a delight and I will always and forever wish he were my friend.

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