Listen to Snippets of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ Soundtrack

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With every good action movie, there is usually an equally amazing soundtrack and it looks like the soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will follow that logic. The soundtrack for the second part of the Lord of the Rings prequel has been released well before its scheduled date for fans of the series to hear.

Last week, Ed Sheeran’s contribution to the soundtrack, “I See Fire” was released once the new trailer was unveiled.  “It was such an honor working with Peter Jackson on this song. Not only is he one of my favorite directors of my favorite films, The Hobbit was the first book I ever read as a child, so it means a lot that I get to produce music for the motion picture,” the British singer said in a press release. I was allowed complete freedom to create what I thought was fitting for the film, which is very rare, and Peter, Fran and Philippa were always on hand to give notes and pointers.”

Now Entertainment Weekly has gotten their hands on the soundtrack which features the work of Howard Shore. In the liner notes, director Peter Jackson shows just how important Shore’s work is to the film going as far as writing, “Howard Shore – what can I say? His music soars and enriches way beyond its connection to our images. He truly has created an epic musical world of his own. A unique sound like no other. A year from now, we will be able to listen to well over 20 hours of musical story telling, that starts with An Unexpected Journey, and concludes with The Return of the King.  That is Howard’s genius – he is carefully shaping this 6 part epic score as a fully unified narrative. This is the second chapter.”

While the soundtrack isn’t scheduled to be released until December 10, you can head on over to Entertainment Weekly’s website here and listen to 30 second clips of all 29 songs feature on the album. As for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the film hits theaters on December 13.

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