My appearance with Stephen Colbert was another highlight of my trip back east.
You may have seen the episode as aired, but that one was cut for time. The full version appeared only on line.
This was the second time I’ve appeared on the Colbert show. It is always a lot of fun. Stephen is a big a fanboy (did someone say nerd?) as I am, a fan of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and all the other stuff I love. He knows Niven, he knows Zelazny, he knows Arthur C. Clarke…
… and don’t ever try to out-Tolkien him. After the show wrapped, we hung out in the green room for a couple of hours, talking TV shows and movies and books and Roger Z (a dear friend and mentor to me, and one of Stephen’s favorites), and in the course of time the subject of Gil-Galad came up (as it will). I immediately said…
Gil-Galad was an elven king
of him the harpers sadly sing
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the mountains and the sea
Which is, alas, the only part I have memorized
Stephen stepped in at once, and recited the rest of the poem.
Well, of course he did. The man speaks Elvish.
I don’t even speak High Valyrian. Much.
Oooh… and I almost forgot the cold open.
That was fun too.
Current Mood: cheerful