Lord of the Rings fans, here’s another detail to send you into a frenzy until The Hobbit prequels are officially released—Flight of the Chonchords Bret McKenzie has been cast in the upcoming Peter Jackson-helmed film.

And, despite having an awesome head of tangled hobbit hair, the comic actor will be playing an elf (and yes, I know he was briefly an elf in Fellowship of the Ring).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Hobbit, which is shooting in New Zealand, follows Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.”

While I understand their individual meanings, when grouped together, none of the words in that quote make any sense to me.  But!  Lord of the Rings + Peter Jackson = AMAZING, so I’ll roll with it.

McKenzie is currently best known as on half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, the HBO comedy that aired from 2007 to 2009.  The Hobbit began production in March after numerous delays, and will bring back such Rings cast members as Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, and Andy Serkis as Gollum, and will be split into two films, where “their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.”

What do you think of The Hobbit casting news?