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James Franco and Stephen Colbert's Tolkien showdown

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Mar 6 2013, 10:24am

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James Franco and Stephen Colbert's Tolkien showdown Can't Post

Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert boasts some seriously impressive knowledge of Tolkien trivia. In a segment on The Colbert Report last night, actor James Franco challeneged Colbert to name just two of the Valar. Colbert responded by rattling off Varda, Manwe, Aule, Orome and a few others -- and their domains -- without breaking sweat.

I reckon he could give our Tolkien trivia-master Elrond a run for his money.

Anyway, here are some links to the segment. Enjoy!

[View on Vulture.com] | [View on Colbert Nation]

(This post was edited by entmaiden on Mar 7 2013, 8:30pm)


Mar 6 2013, 5:55pm

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Pure gold [In reply to] Can't Post



Mar 6 2013, 6:04pm

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Smoked like a ham indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post


After so many years of Tolkien dearth, I will never tire of seeing it or hearing it wherever I can!

Congrats, if you are lurking, Mr. Colbert!


Mar 6 2013, 6:37pm

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That is brilliant! [In reply to] Can't Post

He is my favourite host now! Does anyone know how well James did to any questions?

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Mar 6 2013, 6:43pm

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*That* was wicked cool. / [In reply to] Can't Post


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Mar 6 2013, 7:34pm

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" ...or do you want his wife, Varda called Elbereth by the Elves, who kindled the stars?" [In reply to] Can't Post

Stephen, you're too much! Our Tolkien poster boy. Laugh

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Mar 6 2013, 7:39pm

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NAILED it! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Mar 6 2013, 8:23pm

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He did have a week devoted to The Hobbit in December [In reply to] Can't Post

He couldn't have done that without knowing something about the stories. He cracks me up.


Mar 6 2013, 10:48pm

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priceless [In reply to] Can't Post

''you come into MY house!!" I would have said the same thing lol does anyone have a link to their first showdown? I can't seem to find it


Mar 7 2013, 12:41am

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What A Geek! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I mean that in the most sincerely profoundly praising way! The first time I heard about Colbert's fandom was when Elijah Wood was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart back in 2001 when Colbert was a writer there.

I watched for his cameo in The Hobbit... but no luck. *rubs hands together* Which means the hunt is on!

Colbet needs to come to our next TWO Oscar Parties. He really should. I think he'd have fun ;)


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Mar 7 2013, 5:38am

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Showdown #1 [In reply to] Can't Post


I love it!

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise

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Mar 7 2013, 6:57am

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Did Franco really believe that would stump Colbert?! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Mar 8 2013, 3:32am

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That was fine [In reply to] Can't Post

Authentic geekdom, a rare sight on national TV. Could any of us have done better, on camera and under the hot lights? I think not.

Although, since he brought the subject up, I would like to have seen what Franco could do against return fire.

That matches my favorite-so-far Colbert moment, when Obama ordered the general to shave Stephen's head.

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Mar 9 2013, 1:46pm

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And that was the perfect ending [In reply to] Can't Post

I loved how he paused for a moment before starting, and then revved up as he kept naming them, and then added that flourish of an ending with Elbereth. Brilliant!


Mar 9 2013, 6:08pm

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bam! That is fantastic. // [In reply to] Can't Post


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