I may not be a big Hobbit fan (review here) but I do love The Colbert Report, which is now in the middle of Hobbit week. Tolkien-obsessed Stephen Colbert visited the film’s set in New Zealand and famously won a Hobbit trivia contest, beating out one of its screenwriter’s, Philippa Boyens. This week’s guests have included Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman (in that interview Colbert came as close as I’ve ever seen him to stepping out of his fictional character and gushing with fandom), with Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis still to come.
The interview set has been turned into a version of Bilbo’s village, but the ingenious part is the Colbert Report’s Hobbit Week introduction, which features a map of New York transmuted into Middle Earth. Here you’ll find Green Witch Village, not far from the Mutton Packing District, which of course is south of The Square of Time. Here it is: