Stephen Colbert Connects Chance the Rapper with "Lord of the Rings"

  • Published on Aug 29, 2018
  • 'The Late Show' host Stephen Colbert breaks down how Chance the Rapper's "Favorite Song" feat. Childish Gambino are connected to J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings".
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Comments • 714

  • DrSachMoses
    DrSachMoses Month ago +1

    Stephen Colbert rap god

  • Shokodemon
    Shokodemon Month ago

    This needs a micdrop.

  • Giby86
    Giby86 2 months ago +1

    He MUST be a guest on Critical Role. Mercer, do whatever you have to do to make it happen.

  • gumachio
    gumachio 2 months ago

    Why doesn't this video have millions of views?

  • Fliptastical
    Fliptastical 2 months ago +1

    Give this dude a collab right?

  • Dixon Yamada
    Dixon Yamada 3 months ago

    He needs to be Vsauce 4. This reminded me so much of Michael Stevens teaching me stuff on his channel

  • Unnatural09
    Unnatural09 3 months ago +1

    How did he lose his virginity again 😂

  • Mitchell Cameron
    Mitchell Cameron 4 months ago

    Why does the text that appears when he starts rapping the poem read "The Earendil," and not just "Earendil"?

  • TheMeatballMen
    TheMeatballMen 4 months ago +1

    This will forever be one of my absolute favorite videos. I adore when people have this much passion. Its incredibly endearing

  • Henry C
    Henry C 4 months ago


  • Cool Hand Luke
    Cool Hand Luke 4 months ago +2

    Colbert obviously is doing the right thing with his life, but he would've been a baller professor.

  • Jon Porter
    Jon Porter 4 months ago


  • Lady Haha
    Lady Haha 4 months ago

    We just love a geeky STEPHEN!

  • NK
    NK 4 months ago +2

    I have no idea what he said after 30 seconds but he seems smart and has glasses so ill listen

  • Jack Coleman
    Jack Coleman 4 months ago

    What's even crazier is that Earendel was the Old English version of Aurvandil/Horwendil, from Proto-Germanic *Auziwandilaz (dawn-wanderer), which was the original name of the Jutish prince Amleth's father, which formed the legendary basis for Shakespeare's Hamlet

  • Olga
    Olga 5 months ago +1

    wow he really isnt kidding that he knows his shit huh

  • Caleb James
    Caleb James 5 months ago

    ‪Nobody wants to bag out @StephenAtHome for mansplaining the parenthetical rhyming scheme (ex.ABBA) to Gambino and Chance even though it’s so ubiquitous in poetry, folks songs - like the Song of the Earedil - and musicals, it’s literally the name of the band ABBA? This video is problematic on so many levels.

  • Ross Radtke
    Ross Radtke 5 months ago +1

    can we get that major modern general hip hop remix ?

  • Seun Martins
    Seun Martins 5 months ago +1

    What? So much nerd talk

  • Vento Mario
    Vento Mario 6 months ago

    anyone here just a big fan of childish, chance and lord of the rings beofre this? "favorite song" and most of Acidrap was my jam in high school

  • SorcererSupreme -Steven D

    Bang Bang Bang Skeet Skeet Skeet

  • valkyr11
    valkyr11 6 months ago

    Okay, but it sounds an awfully like whitewashing that verse.

    • rooz800
      rooz800 5 months ago +1

      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 its nerd washing,, respect

  • Peyton Warren
    Peyton Warren 6 months ago +1

    I am the very model of a scientist salarian

  • Jared Creeman
    Jared Creeman 6 months ago

    Nerd level over 9000!!!!!

  • John Trashbery
    John Trashbery 6 months ago +1

    That Gilbert and Sullivan reference got me dead

  • Juliano
    Juliano 6 months ago +1

    Hold up, Colbert can RAP? wOOaH

    • rooz800
      rooz800 5 months ago

      Watch him rap felling good inc with gorlliaz

  • Ms. Medusa
    Ms. Medusa 6 months ago

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand this is why I love him

  • Nibso
    Nibso 6 months ago

    Gilbert and Sullivan wrote that song in 1879, so wouldn't Tolkien have got it from them? Maybe I misunderstood how he said it.

  • Joshua Morgan
    Joshua Morgan 6 months ago

    Jolkien Rolkien Rolkien Tolkien

  • TechMetalRules
    TechMetalRules 6 months ago


  • Clay Grisetti
    Clay Grisetti 6 months ago

    I will never be as wise as this joker, and I don't care.

  • Lucky Charm
    Lucky Charm 6 months ago

    You know how speechless you were at the end of Infinity War? It just happened to me again.

    PRETTYBOY KEN 7 months ago


  • Ghost Inquisitor
    Ghost Inquisitor 7 months ago


  • Thomas Mitchell
    Thomas Mitchell 7 months ago +1

    Seriously if there was a Tolkien Studies class taught by Stephen Cobert, signing up for it would be the greatest thing ever. I would love to be lectured about Eärendil and the Istari, and Sauron and the history of Gondolin if Stephen was the lecturer

  • Naþan Ø
    Naþan Ø 7 months ago

    godblessit stephen.
    This is why we can have nice things.

  • Naþan Ø
    Naþan Ø 7 months ago

    Stephen sings the Major-General song blasphemously slow

  • Donkey Teeth
    Donkey Teeth 7 months ago

    Pure joy

  • D Sanchez
    D Sanchez 7 months ago

    Wow, that's like some next level nerdiness! I bow to you sir!

  • For ReAL
    For ReAL 7 months ago

    This is what happens when Im up at 3 AM...not disappointed

  • Afinati
    Afinati 7 months ago +1

    I am the very model of a scientist salarian,
    I've studied species turian, asari, and batarian.
    I'm quite good at genetics (as a subset of biology) because i am an expert (which i know is a tautology).
    My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian, I am the very model of a scientist salarian!

  • Jackson Sanfacon
    Jackson Sanfacon 7 months ago

    I want your brain

  • MorninStar
    MorninStar 7 months ago


  • Starr Davis
    Starr Davis 7 months ago +1


  • April Connolly
    April Connolly 7 months ago

    What a nerd

  • Some Person
    Some Person 7 months ago

    Actually when I started watching this that's the song I thought of, but wow Colbert remembers entirely too much of Tolkeins books...😂😂😂

  • Hugh Moore
    Hugh Moore 7 months ago +1

    There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
    And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
    And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
    And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
    Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
    And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
    And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium,
    And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.
    There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
    And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
    There's strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
    And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.
    There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,
    And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,
    And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,
    Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.
    And lead, praseodymium and platinum, plutonium,
    Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
    And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
    And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.
    There's sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium,
    And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
    And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium,
    And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium.
    These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
    And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered.

  • Joel Rosario
    Joel Rosario 7 months ago +1

    I freaking love Stephen Colbert. He restores my faith in humanity.

  • ALurkingGrue
    ALurkingGrue 7 months ago


  • Arduenn Schwartzman
    Arduenn Schwartzman 7 months ago

    My mind. It has been blown so hard.

  • Nic F
    Nic F 7 months ago +9's like my HEART has a boner. Or my brain. Or both. I am glad there is a Stephen Colbert in the world.

  • benedictify
    benedictify 7 months ago +1

    I want to hear more Tolkien rap

  • Alex
    Alex 7 months ago +1

    What a special human he is.
    What a an actual nerd.
    We are lucky.

  • Christopher Lockett
    Christopher Lockett 7 months ago +1

    This is virtuosic nerding.

  • Christopher Joseph
    Christopher Joseph 7 months ago

    Stephen is awesome

  • Fatty Acid
    Fatty Acid 7 months ago

    Stephen is a sexy man. No homo.

  • Daniel Hauck
    Daniel Hauck 7 months ago +1

    I liked Stephen Colbert before. After watching this though, I want him to be my best friend!

  • Simon Seyer
    Simon Seyer 7 months ago

    I love this guy

  • Ben Senatore
    Ben Senatore 7 months ago

    Broccoli Rob is a genius

  • Mikey S
    Mikey S 7 months ago

    Childish is a nerd so I'm sure he knew this.

  • Kay Muldoon
    Kay Muldoon 7 months ago

    I think Stephen knows Tolkien better than Tolkien himself.

  • Mariana de Castilho
    Mariana de Castilho 7 months ago

    Next level nerd and i love it

  • Bianca Bloom
    Bianca Bloom 7 months ago +1

    Daaaaaamn he knows some crazy backstory.
    I mean I knew he loved LOTR but shiiiiit.

  • Shad McNeil
    Shad McNeil 7 months ago

    Holy SHIT!

  • Hamza Haytham
    Hamza Haytham 7 months ago

    I just disliked 566 comments for no reason

  • B B
    B B 7 months ago

    LOL I love him

  • Noe Barba
    Noe Barba 7 months ago

    Honestly Tolkien fans are like their own church lol

  • Oscar Westerlund
    Oscar Westerlund 7 months ago

    Thats deep nerd for yall

  • Ossian Bohn
    Ossian Bohn 7 months ago

    I love the nerd-dom

  • Joy C
    Joy C 7 months ago +4

    This guy is incredible. Knows LOTR, retro and current pop culture, Hosts a late night show, has time to read entire books, and looks good doing it. I gotta step my game up.

  • oxy 75
    oxy 75 7 months ago


  • The Gold Sentinel
    The Gold Sentinel 7 months ago

    stephen colbert is on chances sound cloud that is amazing

  • CynAnne1
    CynAnne1 7 months ago +2

    Just when mine love for Mssr. Colbert could climb no higher...he gives us this. ❤
    "His nimble wit doth spring forth anew, with bedazzling words of heft and hue..." 🍃🍂🍃
    C. - 2018

  • LaElla Dickerson
    LaElla Dickerson 7 months ago

    Omg I love him

  • Maxx Hazely
    Maxx Hazely 7 months ago +1

    When your dad gets into your music

  • Gwynbleidd
    Gwynbleidd 7 months ago +1

    This man is beautiful

  • Justice Rice
    Justice Rice 7 months ago +2

    Such a huge nerd, and I fucking love him so much

  • Jimmy Jammah
    Jimmy Jammah 7 months ago

    animaniacs fucks with that too :)

    ASTEROID KILLER 7 months ago +2

    Stephen is a fucking legend! Nerd god mode!

  • Bullcrap McGee
    Bullcrap McGee 7 months ago +1

    This is freaking awesome

  • Javiera Scarratt
    Javiera Scarratt 7 months ago

    He got the words of the Song of Eärendil wrong haha - it's "Eärendil was a mariner THAT tarried in Arvernien;
    he built a BOAT of timber felled in Nimbrethil to JOURNEY in" take that Colbert

    • Javiera Scarratt
      Javiera Scarratt 7 months ago

      if you say "sailor in" you don't even get the internal rhyme of "Arvernien" and "journey in," this is the second video he's got it wrong in, someone needs to tell him

  • Brian
    Brian 7 months ago

    Bino Stephen... Bino. "Childish" smh

  • Dana Leho
    Dana Leho 7 months ago


  • Alita
    Alita 7 months ago

    God mode....

  • Princess Jello
    Princess Jello 7 months ago +1

    John Oliver: "Cool."

  • Rob Young
    Rob Young 7 months ago

    WOW! lol

  • Lycan
    Lycan 7 months ago

    just so you guys know I guarantee you that he knew 5% of this and it's mostly just his writers (writers have read a lot obviously) who realized this. Do you really think that Colbert listens to rap?

  • Carla MSM
    Carla MSM 7 months ago +1

    He's such a nerd and it's a joy to watch.

  • Rachel Mezey
    Rachel Mezey 7 months ago +2

    God bless this nerd 💜

  • Nicholas Walker
    Nicholas Walker 7 months ago

    I love this man lol

  • NoneOfYourBusiness
    NoneOfYourBusiness 7 months ago +1

    This is the nerdiest, geekiest and most gloriously hilarious thing I've seen..maybe ever. Colbert is awesome.

  • Candie Cole
    Candie Cole 7 months ago +2

    I'm so glad men like him exist in this world...and middle Earth lol!

  • Frank Romero
    Frank Romero 7 months ago


  • Josh Fried
    Josh Fried 7 months ago

    Am I he only one that wants to hear him rap the entire song

  • Crabman Boy Jake
    Crabman Boy Jake 7 months ago +1

    I tip my hat to you sir.

  • Mattias Westby
    Mattias Westby 7 months ago

    God, I love this man.

  • DewKernal100
    DewKernal100 7 months ago +1

    How did this man ever get laid

  • AwkwarredTurtle
    AwkwarredTurtle 7 months ago +1

    Hamilton fans - did you hear that line ?

  • Ielle p
    Ielle p 7 months ago

    Ahhh, love it

  • Mesie Lepush
    Mesie Lepush 7 months ago +2

    Mr Colbert,he's such a nerd. I love him.