“Lord of the Rings is without a doubt the greatest trilogy in movie history” says Stephen Colbert.

On this day 20 years ago, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring hit cinemas and created a generation of people yelling “You shall not pass!!”. 

The Peter Jackson series, based on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien is as iconic as ever. Continued by The Hobbit trilogy and another series in the works at Amazon, the success has Colbert wondering “where the hell are the celebrations?!”

Lord of the Rings TV series

In January, The Harry Potter franchise being celebrated with a 20th anniversary special on Binge and HBO Max. This hypocrisy has forced Colbert to take the commemoration into his own hands. 

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Teaming up with Method Man and Killer Mike, Colbert unites the cast of The Lord Of The Rings for a genuinely catchy rap that honours Middle-Earth and its inhabitants. 

The video features Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Sam), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry). In addition is Anna Kendrick, who they mock for being in less popular franchises Pitch Perfect and Twilight. 

To make his case, the song highlights that the series has won seventeen Oscars (and nominated for another thirteen). Also, that is has created its own languages, has “impeccable” effects and “unsellable” costumes. The song also claims that Back To The Future has got nothing on sexy elves, The Dark Knight is “capitalist propaganda” and that Indiana Jones should be called “the temple of boring”

And to those Star Wars and James Bond fans out there who are offended, Colbert has some blunt words for you: “If you think any different, you can kiss my ass!”

Watch the clip below:

Experience Middle-Earth thousands of years before Frodo’s adventure when the franchise returns to our screens via Amazon on September 22nd, 2022. 

For now, we play ‘#1 Trilly’ on loop. 

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