Peter Jackson participated in a Hobbit live event from New Zealand last weekend that provided some insight into the second film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which is due out in December. The director today posted about six minutes from the event where he took questions from followers, collaborators and J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan Stephen Colbert — who poses a super-detailed query about the elves of Mirkwood at the 1:28 mark in the video below. Jackson said on Facebook today that editing starts next week on the third film, The Hobbit: There And Back Again. “A lot of that movie was shot nearly a year ago, so I’m looking forward to seeing it come alive, shot by shot in the cutting room. It’s like assembling one of those complex 2000-piece jigsaw puzzles,” he wrote. The full Hobbit event, which included input from Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan, is available at The Hobbit‘s official site but requires an access code. Here’s Jackson’s excerpt: