Comment permalink

Popular US talk show host Stephen Colbert has posted a snap reliving his best Hobbit life while on his very own adventure in New Zealand.

View this post on Instagram

Laketown Spy Returns! #LSSCinNZ

A post shared by Stephen Colbert (@stephenathome) on

The self-described Tolkien nut scored a cameo in Sir Peter Jackson's 2013 Hobbit instalment, The Desolation of Smaug, in which he played one of the Laketown Spies.

The American is in New Zealand now filming segments for The Late Show, and took the opportunity to don his old costume at one of the film locations, with the joyful caption: "Laketown Spy returns!"

We can probably expect to see more of him living out his Tolkien dreams when his Kiwi segments screen next month.

Colbert has come to New Zealand at the personal invitation of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who also offered the superfan Hobbiton citizenship when she appeared as a surprise guest on the Late Show in September this year.

The American arrived on Friday and was greeted at Auckland Airport by Ardern, as she'd promised on his show. He was later photographed at an Auckland cafe with her.

Tourism NZ spokesperson Lauren Vosper said the airport welcome was filmed and would be part of the segments produced for the Late Show, which will air next month.

Vosper said Colbert was filming all over New Zealand but wouldn't confirm how long he was here for.


Offer of citizenship for tv bloke, but not for family of Otago Police Officer. bad show Jacinda

Local journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Otago Daily Times reporters and photographers continue to bring you the stories that matter. For more than 158 years our journalists have provided readers with local news you can trust. This is more important now than ever.

As advertising drops off during the pandemic, support from our readers is crucial. You can help us continue to bring you news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter