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Stephen Interviews Smaug on ‘The Colbert Report’

Sadly, The Colbert Report only has one week left before it’s off the air forever. Stephen Colbert is going to CBS to take over the Late Show from David Letterman. I was completely heartbroken over the news, but Colbert has done a good job transitioning us out of The Colbert Report.

We have the guest line-up for The Colbert Report‘s last week: actor Seth Rogen (December 15), rapper Kendrick Lamar (December 16), author Phil Klay (December 17), and Colbert’s “colleague and lifelong friend” Grimmy (December 18). The Grim Reaper has been haunting The Colbert Report for a few weeks now, foreshadowing Colbert’s impending death. The character, not the actual person.

Last night, Colbert interviewed Smaug from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — as only Stephen Colbert can do, of course.

If you didn’t know, Colbert is a huge Lord of the Rings fan. He even got to visit the set of The Hobbit in New Zealand back in 2012 and film a cameo for Desolation of Smaug.

The dragon in last night’s interview was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and animated by Weta Digital. Smaug bursts through the wall opposite Colbert’s interviewing chair, and proceeds to give his opinion on everything from the dragons in Game of Thrones (“Khaleesi-lipped lap lizards”) and Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon to conservative politician Rand Paul. Colbert even bonds with Smaug over both of them being “fiscal conservatives” who like to sit on their money.

The 7-minute interview is definitely worth checking out. And don’t forget to tune into The Colbert Report‘s final episode on December 18, 2014! The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Colbert recently did a photoshoot for Entertainment Weekly where he dressed up as various J.R.R. Tolkien characters:

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stephen colbert gandalf

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