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Our final trip to Middle-earth to finish with ‘The Last Goodbye’ sung by Billy Boyd

Billy nbffWe finally know Billy Boyd (Pippin from The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will be performing the end credits song for the final film set in Peter Jackson’s cinematic Middle-earth. Warner Bros. have posted their ‘For Your Consideration’ list for “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” listing all the people and categories they want Hollywood to pay attention to come Awards Season. On that list for ‘Best Original Song’ is “The Last Goodbye” written by Billy Boyd, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, and performed by Billy Boyd. It now seems that the use of Pippin’s song “The Edge of Night” in the recently released teaser for the film was a bit of foreshadowing. That song, with the lyrics coming from the last stanza of Tolkien’s ‘A Walking Song’ and the melody written by Billy Boyd himself, demonstrates a great level of empathy on the part of Billy for the melancholic feeling at that point of “The Return of the King”. It seems almost too perfect that Billy should be called upon again to deliver what promises to be a very emotional and fitting ending to all things Middle-earth. And because it’s fun to speculate, you will notice 15 other categories listed ‘For Your Consideration’ on that list, many names familiar to us all. Who do you think might get a nomination this Awards Season?

Posted in Billy Boyd, Fran Walsh, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Hobbit Movie Rumors, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Return of the King, Music, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, soundtrack, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien, Warner Bros.

EXCLUSIVE: recording has begun on the score of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

BOFA Standard OST Cover Art Our good friends at WaterTower Music have informed us that the score for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has commenced recording in New Zealand. (more…)

Posted in Howard Shore, Merchandise, Music, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Ring resounds in Middle-earth

Ring Cycle by John Cockshaw (2014).

Ring Cycle (2014) by John Cockshaw.

TheOneRing.net has previously chatted with British artist John Cockshaw, and profiled the his evocative Middle-earth landscapes.

In addition to being a Tolkien enthusiast and an artist, Cockshaw is also a film score geek. In this article he draws on the analysis of musicologist Doug Adams to reflect on how Shore deftly employs musical constructs to bring Middle-earth to our ears.
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Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Music, soundtrack

TORn Exclusive: Interview With Sheila Chandra

Sheila ChandraAmong some of the most profound pieces of Tolkien’s writings are those concerning the concepts of death and immortality, and the ultimate fates of Elves and Men. And a little more than a decade ago, as the tale of Aragorn and Arwen unfolded in The Two Towers, it was the evocative voice of Sheila Chandra that spoke to the hope and heartache of their destinies.

A vocalist of Indian descent hailing from the UK, Sheila Chandra performed “The Breath Of Life” (also titled “The Grace Of The Valar“) as Aragorn’s unconscious form floats downriver while Arwen holds him in thought and sends him a blessing from afar – “May the grace of the Valar protect you“.

The song’s lyrics (adapted from Tolkien’s writings) were written by Fran Walsh:

Shadow lies between us, as you came, so you shall leave from us.
Time and storm shall scatter all things. 

Sorrowing you must go, and yet you are not without hope,
For you are not bound to the circles of this world, you are not bound to loss and to silence.

As our exclusive series of interviews with vocalists from The Lord of the Rings continues, join us today as we talk to Sheila Chandra about how the song, its mood, and her delivery of it were all carefully crafted with the aim of conveying the understanding and mature love that is shared between Arwen and Aragorn.

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Posted in Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie The Two Towers, Music, Return of the King, soundtrack, The Two Towers

Peter Jackson releases final Production Video of 2013!

Production Video Howard Shore
Just a couple of hours ago, the Hobbit Production Video #14 popped up on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page. This final video blog covers the recording of Howard Shore’s magnificent musical score for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The score was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by renowned orchestrator/composer Conrad Pope. We’ve got the video for you just below in HD, courtesy of Peter Jackson’s YouTube page. Enjoy! (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Unboxing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack

Soundtrack Cover ImageFollowing on from our review by Aragorn the Elfstone, of the Desolation of Smaug special edition soundtrack, our Happy Hobbits and Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway were lucky enough to go to Water Tower Music and have an exclusive preview of The Hobbit DOS soundtrack! Purple packaging, unlockable videos, and Howard Shore’s triumphant return to Middle-earth!

Enjoy 10 minutes of the extended soundtrack now!

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Merchandise, Music, soundtrack, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

‘The Desolation of Smaug’ Special Edition Soundtrack reviewed by Aragorn the Elfstone

Soundtrack Special EditionHoward Shore’s score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was, for many of us, a nostalgic trip back to Middle-earth. Regardless of the differences between some of the music on the album and the final film,
the score brought us back comfortably to musical territory that we knew – while also setting up a number of themes that would come back full force in the next films.

Let me tell you – if any of you were hoping for more original material from Mr. Shore, you’ve got your wish. In spades. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Warner Bros.

New Desolation of Smaug TV Spot featuring Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’

109A mere two days ahead of the film’s U.S. release, we have, for your viewing, a new
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug TV Spot. This latest spot features several new shots and uses singer Ed Sheeran’s closing credits song “I See Fire”. Check just below to watch it in High Definition, courtesy of Warner Brothers UK Trailers’ YouTube page. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Soundtracks now available on iTunes!

Desolation of Smaug standard edition soundtrackBeginning tomorrow (or in just under 30 minutes, for those of you on the
East Coast in the U.S.), you will be able to purchase Howard Shore’s Original Score for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on CD, either in Regular or Special Edition form. But for those of you who just can’t wait
to get your hands on the music, both albums are now available on iTunes (in the U.S., at least). (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Listen to 90-second samples from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack!

Orchestra Watertower Music is really teasing everyone with Howard Shore’s sou8ndtrack for The Desolation of Smaug. We’ve had 30-second and 60-second samples, and recently they’ve gone and stretched it out to 90 seconds over on their SoundCloud. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Music, New Line Cinema, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Listen to one minute samples from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack!

Orchestra
Did you feel like you wanted more of a taste of Howard Shore’s
Desolation of Smaug music after hearing those 30 second samples last week? Well, WaterTower Music has now made available one minute samples from each track of the Special Edition Album on SoundCloud! (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Music, New Line Cinema, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Artwork for the Standard and Special Edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Artwork for both the Standard and Special Edition of Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been out for a few days now. If you haven’t already caught it, have a look below!

Doug Adams on his website/blog has labelled the two “Burgundy” and “Dragon”, or if he’s just being descriptive. Not sure whether that means anything in particular. I do rather like the Cyan colour of the Special Edition, though.

Amazon is currently slating the SE for a December 10 release, with the Standard Edition expected the same day. Thanks to all those who write in with the news! (more…)

Posted in Crew News, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Merchandise, Music, Production, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug