It’s goodbye to The Hobbit and goodbye to Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report, so the double-dipping Entertainment Weekly gets the departing comedian to write a parting essay about his friends in Middle-earth. Farewell and Auld Lang Syne to an era of fake conservative talk shows and Middle-earth entertainment domination. We’ll miss you both.
Who knows if Colbert’s new personality hosting The Late Show on CBS will be quite as arch–but while we still have the Comedy Central Colbert we must treasure quotes like this: “Tolkien’s work has been a lifelong haven for me—truly a light in dark places when all other lights went out. For an awkward teenager, Middle-earth was a world I could escape to,” Colbert writes about the books he devoured in his youth. “Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth also gave me a world to escape to, but by the time his films came out, I was rich and famous and didn’t really want to escape my life anymore. Still, great movies.” Colbert interviews Jackson in the issue too.