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Ready to get a taste of Howard Shore’s work for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? A track was released today!

Entitled “Radagast the Brown,” the song begins with a beautiful choir and then picks up pace with a set of strings. Radagast is one of the Wizards sent by Valar to help the the Elves and Men take on the Dark Lord Sauron. The composition appears in the film just before the middle, if we are to follow the official track listing.

The Hobbit‘s soundtrack was formally announced last week and detailed the entire list of songs you’ll hear when it is released December 11 (three days before the film hits theaters). “I have looked forward to returning to the imaginative world of Middle-earth for quite a while,” said Shore last week. “I read all of the books by Tolkien, including The Hobbit, when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me.”

There are two versions of An Unexpected Journey‘s soundtrack. A special edition includes several additional and extended songs.

Listen to The Hobbit‘s “Radagast the Brown” score below:

Composer Howard Shore also scored Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He’s expected to handle the next two Hobbit films as well.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14.

What do you think of our first ‘Hobbit’ soundtrack preview?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1518152692 Chelsea Clark

    I do so love a boys’ choir. their voices are so pure.

    • Seamus MacGillicuddy

      That powerful release of testosterone kills the purity, huh?

      • Ricky

        Not really.
        boy/guy voices can be pure too. (have you ever listened to pavarotti or andrea bocelli? perfection!

        purity as a purely female synonym is gender-biased-cliche

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.kay2 Lauren Glover

    I don’t know. It’s kind of start and stop for me. There are portions I love and I’m like, yeah! More off this! Then it switches to something else….It probably makes perfect sense in the movie though. And it will probably grow on me, like most things Howard Shore. I do love the ending with the choir.

  • Allison L.

    i am so excited for this movie! and that pic of Martin Freeman is perfect! : )

  • Andromeda

    This. Is. Incredible. I just went to see the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra perform the soundtrack for the Fellowship of the Ring, and already I’m wanting them to do the same for The Hobbit one day…

  • Paulzee.

    This is amazing. It’s reminscient of, but not based on, the LotR soundtrack. Also just vaguely, the strings remind me of Hans Zimmer’s Sherlock Holmes score and the choir at the end reminds me of Danny Elfman’s Alice in Wonderland score… which are both good comparisons, in my opinion :)

    • Rubah

      Ahh…I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought of Sherlock Holmes when listening to it. Was a bit paranoid that I’m too obsessed with Martin Freeman’s John Watson haha… xD

  • 7Starrchasers

    Amazing!!! I’m in love!

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    I am so glad that Howard Shore is back as composer. This is why I wanted John Williams back to score Deathly Hallows; soundtrack continuity is so important.

  • Cari

    Interesting. Of course, its hard to judge based on just 4 minutes of music, but this strikes me as significantly different from LOTR, which was so thematic (for lack of a better word), i.e., the Elves theme, the Shire theme, the Rohan theme, the Gondor theme, etc. This strikes me as much more atmospheri, which makes sense given that Shore has a smaller world to deal with in The Hobbit in some respects. In LOTR he did a fabulous job of making a musical map of Middle Earth. Everyone pretty much knows it now, so he can play around more. Looking forward to it!

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