The creators of The Simpsons never fail to disappoint with their extended couch gag introductions. This time around they’ve chosen to parody the Peter Jackson-directed prequel to The Lord of the Rings. The gag presents some of our favorite places and people in the guise of those from The Hobbit, including old Moe as Gollum, Barney, Lenny and Karl as trolls, and the Springfield version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s map of Middle Earth. It’s only appropriate that the unexpected journey is one of the longest couch gags ever.
You can see the intro go live on November 3 for the “4 Regrettings and a Funeral” episode. In the meantime, check out the last extended couch gag, directed by Guillermo del Toro, here.