In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
November 13, 2012 4:23 PM   Subscribe

The complete soundtrack to the upcoming movie, The Hobbit, is available here. "The score is composed by Howard Shore who also wrote all three films in The Lord of The Rings trilogy for director Peter Jackson. “I have looked forward to returning to the imaginative world of Middle-earth for quite a while,” says Shore of the score. “I read all of the books by Tolkien, including The Hobbit, when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me.”"
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posted by Egg Shen at 4:27 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, thank you! I already memorized the preview music. And bought my tickets for December 14 opening here. And cannot wait.

My husband and I watched Return of the King -- again -- this past weekend and we were blown away all over again, not least by Shore's gorgeous music.
posted by bearwife at 4:28 PM on November 13, 2012


Needs more anvil, and cowbell.

The Finn song is a bit... tepid.
Not awful, but very meh.
I prefer the Dwarven version.
posted by Mezentian at 4:37 PM on November 13, 2012


Soundtrack fails without "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin
posted by Renoroc at 4:38 PM on November 13, 2012 [12 favorites]


"says Shore of the Shire score"

There, fixed that.... But it will break your tongue.
posted by HuronBob at 4:41 PM on November 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


Needs more Nimoy.
posted by Strange Interlude at 4:45 PM on November 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I hit play and was like "Hm. This is really dark and surprisingly avant-garde, what with the inclusion of the noisy synth drones and ominous beats and beeps and dissonant polyrhythmic stuff over the orchestral score. I'm surprised a mainstream movie would have a soundtrack that is so self-consciously dissonant and with such strongly clashing elements."

Then I realized I still had Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' soundtrack from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo playing in another window and I was listening to both soundtracks at the same time.

I'm not sure I can go back to either soundtrack by itself again.
posted by The World Famous at 4:55 PM on November 13, 2012 [65 favorites]


New mashup project for alternate-world me who does that sort of thing:

The Hobbit With the Dragon Tattoo
posted by CrystalDave at 4:58 PM on November 13, 2012 [14 favorites]


If it doesn't have the "Down to Goblin Town YOU GO, MY LAD" song, I don't know what I believe in anymore.

Sorry, had to get that in before I rtfa.
posted by Occula at 4:58 PM on November 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


If it doesn't have the "Down to Goblin Town YOU GO, MY LAD" song, I don't know what I believe in anymore.

My deadly-serious-about-Tolkien-so-you-better-respect-the-series relatives (the ones who painted their infant's nursery with a full wall mural map of Middle Earth) have never been particularly amused when we watch the LOTR films at family get-togethers and I interrupt suspenseful moments of the film by singing "Frodoooooo of the nine fingers! And the ring of doooooom!!!!!!"
posted by The World Famous at 5:05 PM on November 13, 2012 [14 favorites]


I haven't listened to all of the Misty Mountain song, but it immediately made me think it was something from a 1980's fantasy movie.
posted by Atreides at 5:26 PM on November 13, 2012


Oodles and oodles of behind-the-scenes and concept images from The Hobbit
posted by homunculus at 5:39 PM on November 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Before I waste some time trying to figure it out, does anyone have a simple way to download this so you don't have to sit next to your computer while listening, or use something like Audio Hijack?
posted by trackofalljades at 5:43 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jokes aside, Ramble On does seem obligatory. At least some version of the slow parts or something.
posted by rahnefan at 6:28 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


And CrystalDave wins the Internet.
posted by sutt at 6:34 PM on November 13, 2012


For those who care, there's a Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition Marathon taking place in a lot of cities across the country on December 8. It starts at 10am and runs about 13.5 hours. The cost seems to be $25.

If you look at Fandango or whatnot, you'll be able to get information about whether it's playing your area. I already have my ticket. It should be a grueling endurance test a wonderful time revisiting those movies.
posted by hippybear at 6:52 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


For those who care, there's a Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition Marathon taking place in a lot of cities across the country on December 8. It starts at 10am and runs about 13.5 hours. The cost seems to be $25.

Deep Vein Thrombosis, here I come!
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 6:57 PM on November 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


"Your $25 ticket includes: $5 AMC Stubs Bonus Bucks for members, a limited edition lanyard and a commemorative gift while supplies last."

The commemorative gift which was given out for the Marathon that included opening night of Return Of The King was a lovely little metal stand with movie frames mounted in it, one frame each from each of the three movies.

Mine didn't have much interesting in it, but Mr. hippybear's had Aragorn, Legolas, and quite a few other of the main characters across its three frames. I wanted to sneak-trade him, but he's guarded his jealously since getting it.

I wonder what they will be this time around.

(I still have my lanyard, too.)
posted by hippybear at 7:04 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nice enough, but I bet it sounds terrible at 48fps.
posted by angelplasma at 7:05 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah, here it is. The Lord Of The Rings Film Frame Collectable. Apparently it was ONLY available for Marathon attendees last time around.

If you love that kind of schwag, it's a nice bonus for surviving attending the Marathon.
posted by hippybear at 7:26 PM on November 13, 2012


(I still have my lanyard, too.)

So do I!! And I have the film frame thing too! And a local fan group got a bunch of stuff to raffle off by ticket stub number, which nabbed me an autographed photo of Elijah Wood and Sean Astin!

What an amazing day. I was supposed to have a friend with me but he had to bail, so I was on my own. I went to the theater early, and was in the lobby waiting with a bunch of others. (The earliest guy got in line the night before.) The management opened the theater itself way early for us so we could go in and get seated. We got free popcorn and soda refills all day, plus hot dogs for only $1. Really, the theater managers were amazing and helped make the whole thing totally magic. (This was the AMC River East in Chicago.)

I'm seriously tempted to do this new showing again... however... a friend is having his annual holiday party that day... and at this point I own all 3 extended edition DVDs, and I was already planning to spend either Friday or Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend having my own private marathon at home, where I can cook nice food along with it, and stretch out on my own couch... and bawl like a baby at all the moments I always do.
posted by dnash at 8:36 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Also, I'm totally not listening to any of The Hobbit soundtrack until I see the movie. I want to go into it with a head as clear of expectations and preconceived opinions as possible.)
posted by dnash at 8:42 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I'm not listening either. I was tempted briefly, but (I'm sure this is going to be met with shock and outrage) I don't find Shore's soundtracks for ANYTHING all that interesting divorced from the movies they go with. The LOTR soundtracks are probably the most well-developed of his material, but I find much of his use of theme repetitive and his soundtracks generally kind of dull overall on repeat listenings.

Still, he's better than James Horner...

And I do love his LOTR soundtracks. Just not enough to actually have any of them in my iTunes library.
posted by hippybear at 8:47 PM on November 13, 2012


And I do love his LOTR soundtracks. Just not enough to actually have any of them in my iTunes library.

Oh, I have all three in my iTunes. I also own all three of the "complete" versions on CD, though I haven't ripped them to MP3.

I don't listen to them just randomly, though. I'm very particular about choosing music by moods, and for me the best parts from Shore's scores are saved for when I'm in very special moods. Like, four years ago, on the day I voted for Obama for the first time, as I filled in my ballot I had my iPod playing the music from Return of the King from the scene where tower of Barad-dur explodes and collapses. (Try not to laugh TOO hard at me, please.)
posted by dnash at 8:58 PM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nerds.
posted by notyou at 10:25 PM on November 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


My deadly-serious-about-Tolkien-so-you-better-respect-the-series relatives

Not sure how this works out in reality, but having relatives who are deadly serious about a specific pop culture thing sounds HILARIOUS.
posted by jscott at 10:30 PM on November 13, 2012


Not sure how this works out in reality, but having relatives who are deadly serious about a specific pop culture thing sounds HILARIOUS.

Especially if you give them copies of The Sword of Shannara at every single gift giving occasion. Ever.
posted by Mezentian at 10:50 PM on November 13, 2012 [8 favorites]


I think I'll sit back, break out some Halflings' Leaf, and listen to this instead
posted by P.o.B. at 11:09 PM on November 13, 2012


Still, he's better than James Horner...

The thing about Horner is that he he gets gigantic recognition for some of his worst work, while his best often languishes in obscurity. The exception, really, is Glory, which everybody knows just for one small bit, but is really quite a decent film score when taken as a whole.

Does he have little motifs that he re-uses over and over until you can recognize one of his scores from a mile away? Sure, but so does pretty much every other prolific Hollywood composer. And along the way he's produced some pretty memorable stuff.
posted by ubernostrum at 12:37 AM on November 14, 2012


The first time I heard about Lord of the Rings was when someone played the soundtrack prior to the release of the movie in my 7th grade band class. Thanks for bringing me back.
posted by victory_laser at 12:51 AM on November 14, 2012


Not sure how this works out in reality, but having relatives who are deadly serious about a specific pop culture thing sounds HILARIOUS.

It works out fine, and it is hilarious. They're good friends as well as relatives. And my wife, kids, and I are deadly serious about pogs and slap bracelets, so it evens out.
posted by The World Famous at 1:03 AM on November 14, 2012


Listened to the first 10 or 15 bars and immediately recognized 2 themes...

I know Shore loves this material, but this is pretty much going to be his Ring cycle [sic] unless he does some (more) seriously good stuff in the near future.
posted by lodurr at 4:58 AM on November 14, 2012


Hardcore Neil Finn fan here (I swear I personally put his second kid through college) and the best I can muster is a "it's better than the last Crowded House album & the song reminds me a bit of See Ya 'Round-era Enz with a touch of his 1999 Rugby World Cup anthem.." which in layman's terms means "meh".

It doesn't help I am slightly dreading the onslaught of Hobbit fandom on FB and Twitter.

But I do hope that Neil gets nominated for an Oscar. Partly because it'd be really nice to see him gain some recognition and partly because nothing's funnier than seeing him on stage trying to go all epic.
posted by kariebookish at 5:14 AM on November 14, 2012


"Shore's score sure not to be a bore" says Thor.
posted by schleppo at 5:55 AM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I interrupt suspenseful moments of the film by singing "Frodoooooo of the nine fingers! And the ring of doooooom!!!!!!"

My own uber-fan-of-LOTR friend is still nevertheless fond of occasionally serenading us all with "Where there's a whip - there's a waaaaaaaaay....."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:59 AM on November 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


Also, I'm totally not listening to any of The Hobbit soundtrack until I see the movie.

I completely agree with all my fellow LOTR nerds on this. I realized when I went to the linked website and truly understood I COULD hear the tracks now that I definitely need to wait. But love having this box of chocolates available as soon as I have seen the movie.
posted by bearwife at 9:24 AM on November 14, 2012


And my wife, kids, and I are deadly serious about pogs and slap bracelets, so it evens out.

Not sure how this works out in reality, but having relatives who are deadly serious about a specific pog culture thing sounds HILARIOUS.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 9:26 AM on November 14, 2012


Also, am I the only one hoping that someday someone sets the rest of the bath song to music? By which I mean this tune in Fellowship of the Ring, of which we only hear 3 lines in the extended version of the movie:

Sing hey! for the bath at close of day
that washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!

O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
but better than rain or rippling streams
is Water Hot that smokes and steams.

O! Water cold we may pour at need
down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;
but better is Beer if drink we lack,
and Water Hot poured down the back.

O! Water is fair that leaps on high
in a fountain white beneath the sky;
but never did fountain sound so sweet
as splashing Hot Water with my feet!

posted by bearwife at 9:27 AM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stream is no longer available. :(
posted by Deathalicious at 6:39 PM on November 17, 2012


UNEXPECTED TRAILER AND TV SPOT RE-EDIT
posted by homunculus at 7:36 PM on November 20, 2012


Tolkien's estate sues over Hobbit gambling games

Slot machines, apparently.
WTF?
posted by Mezentian at 4:30 AM on November 21, 2012


The pursuit of riches is kinda a motivating element of the Hobbit.
posted by Atreides at 6:47 AM on November 21, 2012


Kill the Hobbit Subsidies to Save Regular Earth
posted by homunculus at 1:03 AM on December 6, 2012


Jackson has done amazing things for NZ. You just have to go there.
posted by Mezentian at 6:56 AM on December 6, 2012


Oh, Rolling Stone is now the host to the entirety of the Hobbit soundtrack via streaming.
posted by Atreides at 7:21 AM on December 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


And....the soundtrack is now free to purchase, streaming be damned.
posted by Atreides at 6:27 AM on December 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


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