December 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the first landmark Lord of the Rings film, but two decades later, don’t expect to see the fellowship return for a nostalgic look back in a glitzy one-off special. Because that’s a job for Late Show host Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste, Method Man, and Killer Mike as they use the fine art of rap to reunite hobbits and spit bars hot enough to melt even the One Ring of Sauron.
Your eyes do not deceive you. That video above does feature the lyrical stylings of Middle-earth’s best rappers, Lil’ Merry, Big Pippin, Samwise G, and Frodo “We’re a family-friendly site here” Baggins as they recap the blockbuster “trilly” and rope Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick into a Hollywood feud…for reasons. As Colbert–who’s a living LOTR encyclopedia–mentioned, the idea for the rap video came from him wanting to celebrate the film series in grand style.