WATCH: Tolkien Superfan Stephen Colbert Gets Stumped by Hobbits on Lord of the Rings Trivia



J.R.R. Tolkien superfan and previously undefeated Lord of the Rings trivia star Stephen Colbert finally met his match.

Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who played Hobbits Merry and Pippin in the Lord of the Rings respectively, joined Tuesday’s The Late Show — managing to trip up Colbert on a piece of franchise trivia.

Monaghan first explained that Colbert would win a “priceless” prize if able to answer both questions the Hobbits presented to him, and one was even a “two-parter.”

“Who is Shelob’s mother, and how did she die?” Monaghan asked.

Colbert, who speaks Elvish and even appeared in a cameo as a Lake-town spy for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, proved his nerd status and answered the question seamlessly.

“Well, Shelob’s mother is Ungoliant, okay?”
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