Liv Tyler Helps Stephen Colbert Become the Frodo Baggins He Was Always Meant to Be

“If you want him, come and claim him.”
Image: CBS (YouTube)

It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and has a depth of The Lord of the Rings insight that’s astounded actual Tolkien scholars. So, it’s always a delight to see him get to stretch his geeky arms, the latest example being on The Late Show, where he and Arwen Evenstar herself, Liv Tyler, teamed up to give us the epic recreation of one of her most famous scenes.


Tyler, appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her role on Hulu’s Harlots, surprised an adorably “starstruck” Colbert by bringing her Arwen sword—a gift from director Peter Jackson—and letting Colbert play with it onstage. Colbert was understandably shocked that Tyler’s kept it in her attic all these years, asking “You don’t play with it all the time?” I captured the moment he pulled the sword from its sheath because we deserve to feel good things sometimes and this helps us do that.

I’ve watched this, like, five times in a row at this point.
Image: CBS (YouTube)

Anyway, right after he nearly collapses from holding a true piece of fantasy cinema history, he asks her if she’ll wield it once more to re-enact the moment where she safeguards Frodo against the Ringwraiths (a scene that was altered from the books). Take a look.

Not only does she perform the scene’s great line, “If you want him, come and claim him!” but she still remembers her Elvish lines, too! Needless to say, Colbert probably died of happiness after the interview concluded. RIP Stephen, at least you died doing what you love.

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

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From the linked article:

In a recent segment Colbert offered up an insight into THE LORD OF THE RINGS I don’t remember ever coming across before. In essence, he argued that Gandalf knew Frodo would fail in his quest to destroy the Ring, because he’d seen with his own eyes that Frodo could not throw the ring into his own fire at Bag-End. Letting that sink in, I think Colbert is on to something here, and that it’s a major point that had never occurred to me.

If Gandalf sees for himself that Frodo is already too tightly tied to the Ring even before settting out on his quest, then he knows that Frodo will never be able to toss the Ring into the Fires of Doom. However good-intentioned Frodo is, he’s already too far in the power of the ring.

That’s fascinating. And further proof that old men in beards are always assholes in fantasy novels. Or most novels. Or real life. Even Santa, you fuckstick. GIVE ME MY BIKE I ASKED FOR YOU FAT OLD PRICK.