Classic FM has a audio interview up with Howard Shore concerning his work for The Lord of the Rings and also The Hobbit.
From Classic FM:
Howard Shore has written over 80 film scores, including the block busting Lord of the Rings trilogy. He spoke to Classic FM about the four year journey it took to compose the epic films and about taking inspiration from author JRR Tolkien’s love of nature.
So successful has his relationship with LOTR director Peter Jackson been, the pair have been reunited to deliver the forthcoming Middle Earth blockbuster (and Lord Of The Earth prequel), The Hobbit.
Thanks to message board member Silmaril for the heads-up.