News is out on the internet about Howard Shore’s upcoming soundtrack for the first of Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit movies.  The release date is given as December 11th – so no month-in-advance November release this time, alas.  As with the three Lord of the Rings soundtracks, there will be a regular edition and a special edition; you can see the artwork and read the track listing here.  Neil Finn’s ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain’ is confirmed as the closing credit number, as we reported here.  The track listing is interesting as it seems to confirm what has been speculated for a while about where the first movie will end; but I’ll say no more on that, for those who wish to stay spoiler-free!  Hop on over to to read for yourselves, if you wish!