There is no question that Stephen Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkien superfan. After all, it's the reason Peter Jackson gave Colbert a cameo in The Desolation of Smaug. And he's bidding farewell to Jackson's Hobbit films by dressing up as the characters.
Entertainment Weekly has released these three cover images in honor of the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Colbert is hosting the magazine's Hobbit farewell, which is appropriate given how much he has geeked out over the films. Even if The Battle of the Five Armies doesn't excel, it's fun to watch Colbert in this element. Fortunately, he'll still have plenty of science fiction and fantasy media to pick apart when he heads to The Late Show.
Colbert also showed timelapses of him getting into character on last night's Colbert Report:
All three photos taken by Ruven Alfanador for EW.