Ahead of next week’s performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Vancouver, Canada, the guys over at The Province snagged an interview with Howard Shore and asked him about whether he’ll be returning to Middle-earth to score the upcoming Hobbit films. And for fans of the outstanding music Shore’s composed for The Lord of the Rings films, his reply should serve to satiate sufficiently… at least until the score itself finally debuts a couple years from now.

“We’ve talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002. It looks like finally it’s going to be happening. I’ll be working on it for the next three years — it’s going to consume a lot of my time and work now.”

Read the entire interview over at The Province.