The countdown has begun to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th. Midnight showing IMAX tickets have been purchased and all that’s left to do is to try and convince my little sister that “everyone else is going to be dressed as a hobbit, we’ll look weird if we go in normal clothes.” But having everything ready makes it that much harder to wait out the remaining 24 days until we actually get to enjoy Peter Jackson’s triumphant return to Middle Earth. But it seems that Jackson understands that fans of The Lord of the Rings have been patient enough already after all the production delays and director changes. Which is probably why he’s been giving us a steady stream of information about the film, and the latest gift is the song that will play for the closing credits.
If you can remember back to the soundtracks of The Lord of the Rings, which won several Oscars, you probably realize that this song has a lot to live up to. Howard Shore wrote an amazing score the first time around, so there’s no reason he can’t do it again. More than likely he will have some more Academy Awards gold to put on his shelves. And while the score throughout the film is incredibly important, the ending credits song is what is truly memorable. My favorite has always been Enya’s “May It Be” from The Fellowship of the Ring. But Annie Lennox also had an amazing song for The Return of the King with “Into the West”. And The Two Towers created a haunting melody with Emiliana Torrini in “Gollum’s Song”. But all of these are kind of slow ballads, they match the tone of The Lord of the Rings movies. For The Hobbit, I feel it should be something epic without being too melancholy. This is more of a fun adventure tale than a doomed journey into Mordor.
To that end, it seems Peter Jackson and company have chosen a New Zealand artist to create the song for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Neil Finn is the front man for a band called Crowded House, which is famous for the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (which is an amazing song, listen to it here.) And now he’s going to be famous for writing and singing “Song of the Lonely Mountain”. According to Finn (via Rolling Stone), “After some days of mining underground (actually, in Peter’s office) I emerged with the song, then set about recording it with my sons Elroy and Liam. Dave Fridmann came in at the end with a bold mix. He seemed to respond well to my demands for ‘more anvil!’ Pop music needs more anvil!” I really couldn’t agree more, every good song needs anvil or cowbell. Here’s the song so you can check it out for yourself (brought to you by Rolling Stone): “Song of the Lonely Mountain” – by Neil Finn
Some of the lyrics are obviously based on the Dwarven song featured in the first trailer for The Hobbit (seen below), which is beautiful even when only accompanied by a few simple strings and a bunch of dwarves. But when you put in a full orchestra and some anvils, it makes for an awesome song. I’ve stayed through the credits for a lot of the films I see (thanks in part to Marvel’s love of putting scenes at the end, but also due to the great music), and I might just add this one to that list. I’m glad we have something to listen to as we wait for the premiere. Only 24 more days…. 23 more days… 22….
What do you think of the new song for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Does it compare to the old songs? Will you be buying the soundtrack when it comes out December 11th? Comment below!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer