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Presenting the Honest Trailer of The Lord of the Rings. It’s a movie series in which everybody is white — and when they die, they come back whiter!

This week in EW: We take a deep dive into into The Hobbit, exploring the film’s long, difficult road to the big screen and the critical, sometimes controversial creative decisions director Peter Jackson has made along the way. Precioussssss.

Last night, Stephen Colbert launched a full week of episodes dedicated to dissecting Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — complete with a set elaborately decorated to look like The Shire, where Middle-earth’s most fuzzy-footed creatures make their home.

The fake pundit — and real Tolkien superfan — welcomed as his first guest Sir Ian McKellen, a celebrated actor who’s best known in geek circles for playing Magneto in the X-Men movies and Gandalf in Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations.

Press play to see a new Hobbit clip, talk of “Gandalf the Gay,” and McKellen’s assessment of who would win in a fight between Magneto and the White Wizard. In short: Can every week be Hobbit Week?

This Week’s Cover: ‘The Hobbit’ — plus our annual Comic-Con preview

He fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet,” Jackson says of his Bilbo. ”I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.

MARTIN FREEMAN (BILBO BAGGINS) IAN MCKELLAN (GANDALF) PETER JACKSON WITH MARTIN FREEMAN

Peter Jackson lets us sneak a peek at the 'Hobbit'

Yes, it makes sense for these films to be called An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again. But don’t you agree that both of those titles would also work for made-for-TV movies about mistreated women gaining confidence and finding love?

Pushing Daisies alum Lee Pace had been cast as Elven King Thranduil in The Hobbit. The news comes on the heels of Pace’s Broadway debut in The Normal Heart last week and his completion of the Twilight movies, where he plays Edward’s vampire BFF Garrett. So, should we call this a comeback or what?

According to IMDB, I’m playing an elf called Itaril [in The Hobbit]. But I’d love to be in it. Pete and I want to work together again.

Will Saoirse Ronan (that’s SIR-shuh RO-nan) strap on a pair of pointy ears for Peter Jackson’s next fantasy film?

After years of red tape, lawsuits, and bad luck, The Hobbit finally began filming today. Here’s director Peter Jackson on the set. (Can you believe he used to look like this?)

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