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[Movies] You Can Now Listen To The Soundtrack For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.30.2012

Rolling Stone is now streaming the entire soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The website also has an interview with Neil Finn, who wrote "Song of the Lonely Mountain" for the end credits of the film.

The New Zealand composer wrote the song as a ballad. He met with Peter Jackson and his team to talk about the song and was told that dwarves played a big role in the film, so he had them in mind when he wrote the song. He said: "They talked a lot about how the movie really, in many ways, is a tale of the dwarves, as much as it's called The Hobbit."

The majority of the film's soundtrack was composed by Howard Shore at Abbey Road Studios in London. Finn sometimes worked with Shore through email but worked on the song at Jackson's post-production office in Wellington, New Zealand. He didn't hear the entire soundtrack until he went to the film's world premiere in Wellington earlier this week. He added that he still hasn't heard it by itself.

Finn said: "They were working on the soundtrack up to about 10 days ago. There's a huge amount of cues. Something would be working not quite right; they'd have to go back and re-record. There'd be notes made. I wasn't aware of the detail, of the minutiae. But I know that there is an obsessive nature that goes along with making these kinds of things, and everyone's aiming to get it to a point where it sounds like it was the easiest thing in the world."

He says that the song builds on a theme written for the film by New Zealand film composers Plan 9 and David Long, in which a group of dwarves sing in an early scene. He added: "I'd get a little melody and I'd think, ‘Would a dwarf sing that?' And you go, 'No, it's too floral. It's not earthy enough.' Even though there's aspects of brotherhood and kinship in the song, I had a line about love and Peter and Fran [Walsh, co-writer and co-producer] sort of looked at me and said, ‘No, not love. There's something not quite right about that.' It's not a love song."

He also said that the song has anvil sounds. He didn't use a real anvil during recording (with his songs Elroy and Liam) and instead used a sample. But for a performance of the song at this week's premiere, he used a real one that took four men to lift. He said: "It was a really solid anvil. It sounded great."

The soundtrack will be released on December 11 while the film itself will open on December 14.

You can find the soundtrack here for streaming, and you can pre-order it here.


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