‘The Hobbit’ Promises Archery
Battles, but First: Stephen
Colbert as Legolas! ‘The Hobbit’ Promises Archery Battles, but First: Stephen Colbert as Legolas!

We’ve awaited this moment for so long, and it’s finally here: Legolas and our other favorite archers return to the big screen!

OK, OK. We’ve waited impatiently for “The Hobbit” trilogy’s final installment: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which premieres in the United States on Dec. 17 and brings us Legolas – er, which brings us epic battles over Middle-earth.

But before we talk about what to expect archery-wise in this epic conclusion, let’s discuss Stephen Colbert dressed as Legolas in the Dec. 19 issue of Entertainment Weekly. This edition featured 10 pages of stories and photos of Stephen Colbert dressed as three iconic characters: Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman), Legolas Greenleaf (Orlando Bloom), and Gandalf (Ian McKellen).

Why Stephen Colbert?

Entertainment Weekly reported:

As he preps for his final days as host of “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert, a lifelong J.R.R.Tolkien nerd, is also bracing for the end of “The Hobbit” trilogy, with “The Battle of the Five Armies.” To help ease the pain (for all of us), EW asked if he’d like to be transformed into a few Middle-earth characters. And write this cover story. And interview Peter Jackson. He said yes, yes and yes. Welcome to geek heaven.”

Heaven on Middle-earth

Geek heaven indeed. Who hasn’t wanted to juggle swords? Or play Legolas’ bow like an upright bass? Or pluck the bowstring as if they’re Cupid? Viewers get to live vicariously through Colbert as he does those things and more in the EW video.

Now that we’ve geeked out over the hair-and-makeup process documented in the video, let’s discuss archery’s role in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” If official movie trailers are any indication (and we hope they are), the final installment features plenty of archery.

Legolas (yes!)

Legolas Tauriel

More Legolas and Tauriel? Yes, please!

Cue excited squeals!

Mirkwood Archers

Bard the Bowman

Bard the Bowman is impressed by this gold-clad army of Mirkwood archers, and so are we. Photo: Warner Bros.

Bard the Bowman

The Mirkwood army’s bows look gold in one photo, but look like rich wood here. Either way, they’re gorgeous and we want one. Photo: Warner Bros.

Legolas might be the best-known elven archer from Mirkwood, but the army of archers outfitted in golden armor – with matching gold bows! – is impressive. Look! Even Bard is impressed.

A side-by-side comparison of two photos from the same scene shows the army’s bows look golden in one image and like intricately carved wood in another. Either way, the bows are gorgeous and anyone who doesn’t want a replica bow for Christmas should re-examine the photos. There. See? Don’t you want a Mirkwood army bow now?


Tauriel archery

We hope to see less love triangle and more of Tauriel’s (Evangeline Lilly) archery skills in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) is a welcome breath of badass fresh air in the male-dominated Middle-earth. One early movie review promises to resolve the love triangle between Tauriel, Legolas and Kili (Aidan Turner) the dwarf, but we hope to see less love triangle and more of Tauriel’s archery skills!

Bard the Bowman

Bard (Luke Evans) has a major role in the big battle that inspires the movie’s title. Enjoy this clip of Bard launching an arrow at fire-breathing dragon Smaug until you get to watch the movie.


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