US comedian had previously revealed that he appears in Peter Jackson's Tolkien movie

A still image of Stephen Colbert’s cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has appeared online – you can view it by clicking play on the video below.

The US comedian is best known as the host of The Colbert Report, a long-running satirical news series in which he plays a caricature of a right-wing TV anchor.

Colbert is a known Tolkienite and previously discussed his visit to the set of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit movies in New Zealand. He told Playboy: “I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films.” When asked whether he filmed a cameo while on set in New Zealand, Colbert replied teasingly: “Could be.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in December last year and took over $1 billion (£670 million) at the box office worldwide. The Desolation Of Smaug opened in cinemas on December 13, and the trilogy concludes with There And Back Again in December 2014.