Music of The Hobbit film series

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"The Hobbit soundtrack" redirects here. For the soundtrack of the 2003 video game, see The Hobbit (2003 video game).

The music of The Hobbit film series is composed and produced by Howard Shore, who scored all three The Lord of the Rings films. The music for An Unexpected Journey was recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra as it was for The Lord of the Rings. However, the music for The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

The soundtrack album for An Unexpected Journey received nominations for various awards and peaked in the top ten album charts in multiple countries.

A Book by Musicologist Doug Adams, "The Music of The Hobbit films", is set to be published in late 2017.[1] The score has since also been performed as a Symphony piece in four movements.

Principal leitmotifs[edit]

Howard Shore continued his approach from The Music of The Lord of the Rings films, and wrote well over sixty identified leitmotifs that are used throughout the three scores.[2] [3] [4]

First appearance in An Unexpected Journey[edit]

Themes for Bilbo[edit]

  • Bilbo's Theme (Dreaming of Bag-End): A variation on the 'Shire theme'; a harmonious motif to represent Bilbo Baggins, the main protagonist.
  • Bilbo's Theme (Tookish Side): Bilbo’s timid peace loving façade hides a secret wish for excitement and adventure. Here the Shire material after an introspective and mature bridge section arches ever higher in yearning, perhaps for adventure, perhaps for heroism.
  • An Unexpected Party: A up-and-down motif is played after Bilbo meets Gandalf and as the Dwarves gradually arrive at Bilbo's House.
  • Bilbo's Adventure: An optimistically ascending melody is a courageous but gentle music depiction of Bilbo’s burgeoning heroism, which grows from small roots in the Shire and can only grow in significance as he travels farther into the wide world to see its wonders.
    • Bilbo's Heroics: Appears at the end of the film when Bilbo saves Thorin's life.
  • Fussy Bilbo (Bilbo's Antics): Appears as Bilbo struggles with the Dwarves' lifestyle and lives out of his comfort zone; represents his "Baggins" side.

Themes for the Dwarves[edit]

  • Erebor theme: A rising motif using three-horn calls that represents the homeland of the Dwarves.
  • Arkenstone theme: A choral motif that accompanies the Arkenstone, the most valuable jewel in the Dwarves' possession.
  • Thorin's theme: A hopeful motif representing Thorin Oakenshield, first appearing when Thorin tries to defend Erebor's gate from the dragon Smaug, during the prologue.
    • Thorin's Pride: In the closing tracks of the Soundtrack, Howard Shore sets the Harmonies of Thorin's theme for chorus, first when he speaks ill of Bilbo and later when he foolishly assaults Azog. In the finished film, this later appearance was replaced by the Servants of Sauron theme, scoring Azog's plan coming to fruition.
  • The Dwarvish Suffering: A weary and grim gradually rising and falling motif revolves around the exile and subsequent degradation of the fortunes of the Durin’s folk of Erebor and more generally relates to the dwarvish suffering and fate.
  • The House of Durin: This noble, dignified yet introspective theme is a musical hybrid that combines the attributes of both Thorin’s and Erebor’s themes, creating a longing climbing figure that speaks of the dwarves’ yearning for their home, the loss that the race of Erebor has endured and the unbending nobility of the dwarven race as Thorin’s company attempts to retake their former kingdom. It's first full statements are reserved to the second film, where it appears in the scene when Bard recalls the prophecy about the return of the King under the Mountain, and is featured in tracks such as "My Armour is Iron" and "The Hunters". In The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack, it is played in "Beyond Sorrow and Grief" and "Mithril" and is featured prominently at the beginning of "Sons of Durin."
    • An Unnamed theme appears in the opening logos to the film, and again in the closing of the Soundtrack and again in the Battle of the Five Armies. It is a major-key hybrid theme, created by combining the History of the One Ring theme, with the House of Durin theme.
  • Ancient Enemies: A thematic identification for the enmity between the dwarves and orcs but also specifically of Thorin and Azog the Orc king of Moria that runs deep indeed.
  • Misty Mountains theme: Represents the Dwarven Company, their Quest to reclaim Erebor, and their crossing of the iconic Misty Mountains. It is also the basis for the "Song of the Lonely Mountain" by Neil Finn. However, it is curiously absent from The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies.
  • A Secondary theme for the Dwarf company is used throughout the first score. It is a "Dwarvish" variant on Bilbo's Adventure theme, which was an early draft of Howard Shore for a theme to the Company. It appears in full in the Bonus Track, "Erebor", accompanied by Uilleann Pipes.
  • Moon theme: A motif that represents the Dwarves' moon runes, and their secret doors.
  • The Dwarf Lords: This early thematic idea for the Dwarves was largely unused in the final film, but made appearances in all three films: Once when Dwalin tells Gandalf that Thorin is delayed because of a meeting in the Blue Mountains; Again at the sight of the Hidden Door, and as an elegy in "The Darkest Hour" in the third film.

Themes for the Elves[edit]

  • The Woodland Realm theme: a choral motif which accompanies Thranduil and the elves as they greet Thror during the prologue.
  • The Valley of Imladris: Howard Shore wrote a serene diegetic piece of music for Rivendell, which he also utilizes in the underscore in a martial setting when Elrond's riders arrive.

Themes for Smaug[edit]

  • Dragon Breath: An accompaniment to Smaug's themes, echoing his breath.
  • Smaug's theme: A menacing and discordant theme representing Smaug the Terrible.
  • Smaug's Cunning: A motif that appears throughout almost the entire soundtrack. It is loudly heard in "A Liar and a Thief" and "Smaug". In the films its played almost every time a reference to Smaug is mentioned. On The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack, it is used as a motif to represent Thorin's Dragon Sickness.

Themes for Nature[edit]

  • The Ealges: For the finished film, Howard Shore composed a new theme for the Eagles, reprised later in The Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Stone Giants.

Themes for the Wizards[edit]

  • Gandalf's theme: A five-note motif that represents Gandalf the Grey; this theme is different than that of Gandalf the White's theme, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • The Istari: The order of the Wizards, the Istari, is also depicted by a theme of its own, which in the course of the Hobbit trilogy becomes most strongly attached to Gandalf’s presence and his friendship, a searching lyrical melodic line. It seems to alternate with the more active primary theme as a musical identity for the wizard in the first Hobbit film.
  • Radagast theme: A quirky theme for Radagast the Brown, representing his perpetual motion.
  • Radagast’s 2nd Theme: The Brown Wizard also has a secondary idea tied to him, but it is very closely knit into the collection of his other musical sounds. Radagast’s often nervously busy music surrounds an eerie choral and orchestral motif, which contains references to the nervous rising and falling string figures of his music wedded with another long lined melody winding on top of it, creating in the process a new theme, perhaps for his powers or his home of Rhosgobel and the Rhosgobel rabbits that drive his sleigh.
  • Shadow Over Greenwood

Themes for the Necromancer[edit]

  • The Necromancer: aggressive and sombre theme that represents the dark fortress of Dol Guldur and the Necromancer within.
  • Dol Guldur: A Descending Thirds figure based on the Mordor Accompaniment Descending Thirds motif.
  • The Threat of Dol Guldur: A more frenetic, chase motif for Dol Guldur. It is derived from the Mordor Skip-Beat Accompaniment motif.
  • Azog's theme: Variation on the 'Descending Third motif' of Mordor, here representing the film's main antagonist Azog the Defiler.
  • Goblin-town theme: A chaotic and brassy theme (based on the Orcs Five-Beat Pattern) which appears when the Dwarves get captured by the Goblins.
  • Warg Scouts' Theme: A 13 note motif that appears in the songs "Warg Scouts" and "Out of the Frying Pan". In The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack, it is played on the song "Ravenhill."

Themes for the Monsters of Middle Earth[edit]

  • Trolls motif: A loud theme that plays in the song "Roast Mutton".
  • Spiders of Mirkwood: An eight-note figure that stands for the spiders that attack Radagast's house. Their musical soundscape is expanded in the Desolation of Smaug, with two-note ideas being also related to them and their hive.

Themes for the Quest of Erebor[edit]

  • Pine Glades of the Misty Mountains: Used in the finale of the first film.[5]
  • Falling motif: both the Dwarves' falling into the trap of the Goblins and them falling after the death of the Goblin King, features the same musical idea.
  • The High Fells: Since the High-Fells were originally supposed to appear in An Unexpected Journey, one of the bonus tracks has the same musical idea that would later be used in conjunction with them in the following film.

First appearance in The Desolation of Smaug[edit]

Themes for Bilbo[edit]

  • Bilbo Suspense Music (Bilbo the Burglar): This motif is a sneaky driving ostinato figure that follows Bilbo when he takes charge of the situation at a pivotal moment.

Themes for the Dwarves[edit]

  • The Runestone: A short theme that is played on a trumpet. It appears at the beginning of "Feast of Starlight" and in the film End-Credit version of "Beyond the Forest". In The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack, it is played at the beginning of "Shores of the Long Lake" and is played near the end of "Ravenhill."
  • Thrain's Theme: Thorin’s father Thrain is first only seen in glimpses in the flashbacks in the first movie but his story is further explored in the extended version of the second film. Shore’s music for Thrain is strongly embedded in the established theme for Erebor but receives a mysterious arpeggio string accompaniment to denote both the mystery and the tragedy of the fallen monarch, held captive and stricken mad in the dungeons of the Necromancer where Gandalf encounters him.

Themes for the Elves[edit]

  • Thranduil's theme: Thranduil's theme bears the mark of the Weakness motif, hinting at the Elvenking's Weaknesses.
  • Silvan Warriors: The Woodland Realm is associated with a martial idea, related to the Elves tense relationship with the Dwarves.
  • Legolas's theme: A fast-paced, dance-like theme based on the first line of The Woodland Realm theme but differentiating in tempo.
  • Tauriel's theme: A powerful and melodic string rhythm appears as a theme several times. Later on, the theme is varied based on the scenario, including a more reflective variant for woodwinds.
  • Tauriel and Kili: A love theme that represents the relationship between the two characters. It appears in "Feast of Starlight", "Kingsfoil", and "Beyond the Forest".
  • The White Gems of Lasgalen: For the White Gems of Lasgalen, “of the Greenleaves”(for Mirkwood was once called Eryn Lasgalen, the Wood of Greenleaves), Shore provides a subtle slurred variant of his theme for Mirkwood, a truncated form of his 6-note elusive motto. If possible this theme is even more eerie and chilling than the Mirkwood theme, illustrating a singular obsession of the elven king that burns cold in his mind, overriding his sense of reason when bargaining with Thorin. This small but discomforting motif appears both in The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies when Thranduil seeks to reclaim these elven jewels and is driven to harsh actions over them, the music a chilling reminder of the dangers of greed, holding grudges and obsession, made all the more disturbing when invading the usually calm and composed elven musical world.

Themes for Smaug[edit]

  • Smaug's Fate: A choral combination of Smaug's various themes was used for when he is toppled by the statue of molten gold. It was than reprised for his eventual demise in the following installment.

Themes for Nature[edit]

  • Beorn's theme: A deep and brassy theme played several times in the opening tracks.

Themes for Laketown[edit]

  • Bard's theme: The theme reflects his ambiguity as a character.
  • Esgaroth Theme: A 10-note theme that represents Lake-Town. It appears prominently in the tracks "Protector of the Common Folk" and "Thrice Welcome".
  • The Master of Lake-Town's Theme: The theme, played by woodwinds, strings and a clavichord, reflects his high position and his greedy nature. It is played in retrogrades when associated with his guards. A variant of it's opening pitches is used in the Forest River sequence.
    • Alfrid's Theme: A short motif that represents The Master of Lake-Town's slimy assistant, Alfrid. It appears briefly in "Protector of the Common Folk" and it appears in the film version of "The Battle of the Five Armies."
  • Girion, Lord of Dale (Bard's Heroism/The Black Arrow): A motif to represent the Last Lord of Dale who injured Smaug, the weapon he used to kill him, and Bard's role as a hero.

Themes for the Necromancer[edit]

  • Bolg's Theme: A loud and ominous theme that appears at the end of the extended version of "The Forest River" and appears in "The Hunters." It is very similar to Azog's Theme.
  • The Nine: A solo piece, related to the Istari theme, marks Gandalf's discovery of the resurrection of the Ringwraiths.

Themes for the Quest of Erebor[edit]

  • The Elven Road: The theme is built around slow succession. Different variations are played when the Company wanders in the forest.
  • Mirkwood theme: The musical texture that gradually masks the road motif as the company becomes lost in Mirkwood.
  • The Forest River: Swirling string figures playing underneath the entire "Forest River" sequence.
  • The Death Theme: Death theme (based on the Evil Times motif) becomes a prominent musical motif in the third film and it appears frequently throughout the final part of the story to signal loss and sorrow. It skirts the Woodland Realm theme as it actively revolves around Thranduil and the elves, the concept of mortality strongly present both in the war that rages in the last film of the trilogy and in the relationship between Kili and Tauriel (this short motif is embedded in their love music as a reminder of its tragic nature) and informs the theme of Dwarvish Suffering as well.

First appearance in The Battle of the Five Armies[edit]

Themes for the Dwarves[edit]

  • Dain II "Ironfoot"'s theme: A heroic theme played by woodwinds, trumpets, and bagpipes. It appears in "Ironfoot" and "Battle for the Mountain", and it is played in the movie during Dain's arrival to the Lonely Mountain and the beginning of the battle. It is backed up by a march figure for the Dwarven army.
  • Thorin's Fate: Thorin has yet another thematic idea, sung by a solo Soprano (one of the only instances of female vocies encorprated into Shore's Dwarvish music) that speaks of his ultimate fate. It is played after he breaks out of the Dragon Sickness and opts to assault the Orc Armies, and again before his demise.
  • War Preparations (Dwarven Warriors): A harsh motif that is played with drums and horns in the tracks "The Ruins of Dale" and "Mithril", representing the militarization of Thorin's company.

Themes for Laketown[edit]

  • Bard's family's theme: A gently rising a falling theme which, after being hinted at in the second movie, is first played in full during "Fire and Water". A heroic rendition of the theme appears during the end of "Battle for the Mountain". It also appears in the extended version of "Ironfoot".
  • Bard's Leadership Theme: A short motif that appears in "Shores of the Long Lakes", "Ironfoot", and "Dragon-Sickness". In the film, it is played when Percy recounts Bard's shooting the dragon.
  • "Bard and the People of Laketown": A combination of the Laketown theme and the ending of Bard's theme, which is played either as action music or as an elegy.

Themes for Dol Guldur[edit]

  • Gundabad theme: A driving, offbeat theme for Mount Gundabad and its forces. It is first played out in "Bred for War", and features prominently at times in "Ravenhill".
  • Ogres theme.

Soloists[edit]

As with Lord of the Rings, many soloists performed music for the three films. These include Neil Finn who performed the "Song of the Lonely Mountain" in An Unexpected Journey[6][7], Ed Sheeran and Billy Boyd for following installments. Richard Armitage appears as a cast performer. James Nesbitt also performs in the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey. Within the score, Howard Shore also utilized the Soprano voices of Clara Sanabras and Grace Davidson.

Instrumentation[edit]

Both the London Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony offered Shore a 93-piece Orchestra. He also made extensive use of the London Voices and several soloists. The Hobbit scores, like the Lord of the Rings, also utilized a wide array of instruments outside of the regular orchestral palette, including:

  • For the Shire, Recorders and Concertinas were added to the existing palette.
  • For the Dwarves, Uilleann Pipes, Highland Bagpipes, Tomtoms and clapping hands were used.
  • For the Necromancer, Dunun drums were used. Gundabad features clapsticks and Didgeridoos.[8]
  • Mirkwood had Sprechstimme voices, Tibetan Singing bowls and Waterphones.[9]
  • The Woodland Realm was highlighted with Tabla Drums, Frame Drums and Transceleste. A diegetic Rivendell piece used lute and lyres. [10]
  • Laketown had a Clavichord (used for the Master's theme) and straight trumpets, Serpents and Alphorns used for a trumpet fanfare.[11]
  • Radagast was portrayed with Shekeres, Cabasas, Gourds, Woodblocks, Sisterums and Tambourines. [12]
  • For Smaug, a wide range of Eastern instruments were used, including an entire Gamelan Orchestra (including Ceng-Ceng cymbals, Gangsa, Anklung and Rebab), as well as Tibetan Hanging Gongs, Bells, Singing Bowls and Throat Singers; Indian Tamboura, Chinese Erhu, Liuqin, Guzheng and Yangqin; Chinese Dizi and Japanese Shakuhachi; a tuned Artillery Shell; A bowed saw; Finger Cymbals, A Thai Gong Wheel and Gongs. [13]

[14] [15] [16]

An Unexpected Journey[edit]

The Hobbit:
An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit 1 CD Cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Howard Shore
Released 11 December 2012
Recorded 2012
Length 1:48:49 (Standard Edition)
2:07:03 (Special Edition)
Label WaterTower Music, Decca Records
Producer Howard Shore, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Special Edition cover

The soundtrack album for An Unexpected Journey was released on 11 December 2012.[17] It has been released in both Standard Edition and Special Edition, with both coming in a 2-disc format.[18] The Geeks of Doom commented that Shore, who recorded the soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios in London,[19] re-used some of the "magisterial musical motifs" from his music for The Lord of the Rings soundtrack, but that he "uses his established themes to launch into a completely original sonic adventure with turns both optimistic and dark, true to the mutual visions of Jackson and Tolkien".[20]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "My Dear Frodo" 8:04
2. "Old Friends" 4:29
3. "An Unexpected Party" 3:57
4. "Axe or Sword?" 5:59
5. "Misty Mountains" (Music by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche and Janet Roddick;[21] performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast) 1:42
6. "The Adventure Begins" 2:06
7. "The World is Ahead" 2:18
8. "An Ancient Enemy" 4:58
9. "Radagast the Brown" 4:54
10. "Roast Mutton" (Contains excerpts of "Misty Mountains" by Donaldson, Long, Roche and Roddick[21]) 4:03
11. "A Troll-Hoard" 2:39
12. "The Hill of Sorcery" 3:51
13. "Warg-Scouts" 3:05
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "The Hidden Valley" 3:50
2. "Moon Runes" 3:20
3. "The Defiler" 1:15
4. "The White Council" 7:20
5. "Over Hill" (Contains excerpts of "Misty Mountains" by Donaldson, Long, Roche and Roddick[21]) 3:43
6. "A Thunder Battle" 3:55
7. "Under Hill" 1:54
8. "Riddles in the Dark" 5:22
9. "Brass Buttons" 7:38
10. "Out of the Frying-Pan" 5:54
11. "A Good Omen" 5:46
12. "Song of the Lonely Mountain" (Lyrics and Performance by Neil Finn,[22] music by Finn, Donaldson, Long, Roche and Roddick[21]) 4:10
13. "Dreaming of Bag End" 1:49
Special edition

The two-disc special edition contains six bonus tracks and six extended tracks.

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "My Dear Frodo" 8:03
2. "Old Friends" (Extended Version) 5:00
3. "An Unexpected Party" (Extended Version) 4:08
4. "Blunt the Knives" (Lyrics by J. R. R. Tolkien, music by Stephen Gallagher; performed by The Dwarf Cast,[21] exclusive bonus track) 1:01
5. "Axe or Sword?" 5:59
6. "Misty Mountains" (Performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast) 1:42
7. "The Adventure Begins" 2:04
8. "The World is Ahead" (Contains excerpts of "Misty Mountains" by Donaldson, Long, Roche and Roddick[21]) 2:19
9. "An Ancient Enemy" 4:56
10. "Radagast the Brown" (Extended Version) 6:37
11. "The Trollshaws" 2:08
12. "Roast Mutton" (Extended Version) 4:56
13. "A Troll-Hoard" 2:38
14. "The Hill of Sorcery" 3:50
15. "Warg-Scouts" 3:02
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "The Hidden Valley" 3:50
2. "Moon Runes" (Extended Version) 3:39
3. "The Defiler" 1:14
4. "The White Council" (Extended Version) 9:40
5. "Over Hill" (Contains excerpts of "Misty Mountains" by Donaldson, Long, Roche and Roddick[21]) 3:42
6. "A Thunder Battle" 3:54
7. "Under Hill" 1:54
8. "Riddles in the Dark" 5:21
9. "Brass Buttons" 7:37
10. "Out of the Frying-Pan" 5:55
11. "A Good Omen" 5:45
12. "Song of the Lonely Mountain" (Lyrics and Performance by Neil Finn,[22] Extended Version) 6:00
13. "Dreaming of Bag End" 1:56
14. "A Very Respectable Hobbit" (Exclusive Bonus Track) 1:20
15. "Erebor" (Exclusive Bonus Track) 1:19
16. "The Dwarf Lords" (Exclusive Bonus Track) 2:01
17. "The Edge of the Wild" (Contains excerpts of "Misty Mountains" by Donaldson, Long, Roche and Roddick;[21] Exclusive Bonus Track) 3:34

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[23]
Examiner.com A+[24]
Filmtracks.com 5/5 stars[25]
Movie Music UK 4/5 stars[26]
Music Muse 5/5 stars[27]
MovieCues 5/5 stars[28]
Tracksounds 10/10 stars[29]
Movie Wave 2/5 stars[30]

The full score was nominated at the 11th Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards,[31] and the "Song of the Lonely Mountain" received a nomination for the Houston Film Critics Society Awards.[32] Allmusic's reviewer wrote favourably about the album, but noted that the soundtrack was not as "sweeping and epic as that for [Jackson's] The Lord of the Rings", attributing this to the smaller scale of Bilbo's adventure as compared to the events of The Lord of the Rings.[23] Examiner.com, however, was very positive and observed that The Hobbit soundtrack fitted the style and tone of The Lord of the Rings, writing that the opening for An Unexpected Journey was much better than that of The Fellowship of the Ring.[24] In 2013, the score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ranked ninth out of one hundred by Classic FM'S top film scores.

The album charted in several countries, reaching the top ten album charts in Korea and the United States. It was also awarded a golden record certification in Canada.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 45
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[34] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[35] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[36] 54
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 70
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 79
Korean International Albums (Gaon)[40] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[41] 40
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[42] 32
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[43] 28
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[44] 28
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[45] 52
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 61
US Billboard 200[48] 30
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[49] 3
US Top Independent Albums (Billboard)[50] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[51] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

The Desolation of Smaug[edit]

The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit 2 CD Cover.jpeg
Soundtrack album by Howard Shore
Released 10 December 2013
Recorded 2013
Length 1:56:27 (Standard Edition)
2:09:17 (Special Edition)
Label WaterTower Music, Decca Records
Producer Howard Shore, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

The soundtrack album for The Desolation of Smaug was released on 10 December 2013 in both Standard Edition and Special Edition. The cover of the Special Edition features the design used for the special edition of the soundtrack for An Unexpected Journey on a purple background.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Quest for Erebor" 3:23
2. "Wilderland" 4:56
3. "The House of Beorn" 3:42
4. "Mirkwood" 4:27
5. "Flies and Spiders" 7:51
6. "The Woodland Realm" 4:26
7. "Feast of Starlight" 2:49
8. "Barrels Out of Bond" 1:50
9. "The Forest River" 4:54
10. "Bard, a Man of Lake-Town" 2:30
11. "The High Fells" 2:37
12. "The Nature of Evil" 3:20
13. "Protector of the Common Folk" 3:36
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Thrice Welcome" 3:33
2. "Girion, Lord of Dale" 3:33
3. "Durin's Folk" 2:28
4. "In the Shadow of the Mountain" 2:15
5. "A Spell of Concealment" 2:51
6. "On the Doorstep" 7:46
7. "The Courage of Hobbits" 3:00
8. "Inside Information" 3:48
9. "Kingsfoil" 2:25
10. "A Liar and a Thief" 3:40
11. "The Hunters" 9:04
12. "Smaug" 5:24
13. "My Armor is Iron" 5:16
14. "I See Fire" (Written and Performed by Ed Sheeran) 5:00
15. "Beyond the Forest" 5:25
Special edition

The special edition contains one bonus track and twelve extended tracks.

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Quest for Erebor" 3:22
2. "Wilderland" 4:56
3. "A Necromancer" (Bonus Track) 2:54
4. "The House of Beorn" (Extended Version) 4:52
5. "Mirkwood" (Extended Version) 5:31
6. "Flies and Spiders" (Extended Version) 9:35
7. "The Woodland Realm" (Extended Version) 5:14
8. "Feast of Starlight" 2:48
9. "Barrels Out of Bond" 1:50
10. "The Forest River" (Extended Version) 5:10
11. "Bard, a Man of Lake-Town" (Extended Version) 3:18
12. "The High Fells" (Extended Version) 3:38
13. "The Nature of Evil" 3:20
14. "Protector of the Common Folk" 3:35
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Thrice Welcome" 3:33
2. "Girion, Lord of Dale" (Extended Version) 4:15
3. "Durin's Folk" (Extended Version) 3:04
4. "In the Shadow of the Mountain" 2:15
5. "A Spell of Concealment" (Extended Version) 3:22
6. "On the Doorstep" 7:46
7. "The Courage of Hobbits" 3:00
8. "Inside Information" 3:48
9. "Kingsfoil" 2:25
10. "A Liar and a Thief" 3:41
11. "The Hunters" (Extended Version) 9:55
12. "Smaug" (Extended Version) 6:29
13. "My Armor is Iron" 5:16
14. "I See Fire" (Written and Performed by Ed Sheeran) 5:00
15. "Beyond the Forest" 5:25

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[52] 60
Australian Classical/Crossover Albums (ARIA)[52] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[34] 29
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[35] 44
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[36] 97
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[41] 51
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 103
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[53] 25
Irish Classical Albums (IRMA)[54] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[55] 40
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[56] 84
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[44] 39
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 51
UK Albums (OCC)[57] 69
US Billboard 200[58] 39
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[58] 4
US Top Current Albums (Billboard)[59] 34
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)[58] 6

The Battle of the Five Armies[edit]

The Hobbit:
The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies OST(Standard Edition).jpg
Soundtrack album by Howard Shore
Released 08 December 2014
Recorded 2014
Length 1:34:01 (Standard Edition)
1:48:12 (Special Edition)
Label WaterTower Music, Decca Records
Producer Howard Shore, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

The soundtrack album for The Battle of the Five Armies was released on December 8, 2014.[60] Both a Standard Edition and a Special Edition were released. The score was performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as it was for The Desolation of Smaug. For the soundtrack, Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin Took in The Lord of the Rings, wrote and recorded the song "The Last Goodbye".[61]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Fire and Water" 5:57
2. "Shores of the Long Lake" 4:01
3. "Beyond Sorrow and Grief" 2:50
4. "Guardians of the Three" 5:14
5. "The Ruins of Dale" 3:39
6. "The Gathering of the Clouds" 4:07
7. "Mithril" 3:08
8. "Bred for War" 3:19
9. "A Thief in the Night" 4:14
10. "The Clouds Burst" 4:12
11. "Battle for the Mountain" 4:38
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "The Darkest Hour" 5:31
2. "Sons of Durin" 4:23
3. "The Fallen" 4:56
4. "Ravenhill" 5:47
5. "To the Death" 5:13
6. "Courage and Wisdom" 5:09
7. "The Return Journey" 4:16
8. "There and Back Again" 4:19
9. "The Last Goodbye" (Written and Performed by Billy Boyd) 4:05
10. "Ironfoot" 5:03
Special edition

The two-disc special edition contains two bonus tracks and five extended tracks.

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Fire and Water" 5:57
2. "Shores of the Long Lake" 4:01
3. "Beyond Sorrow and Grief" (Extended Version) 4:11
4. "Guardians of the Three" (Extended Version) 5:47
5. "The Ruins of Dale" 3:39
6. "The Gathering of the Clouds" (Extended Version) 5:52
7. "Mithril" 3:08
8. "Bred for War" 3:19
9. "A Thief in the Night" 4:14
10. "The Clouds Burst" 4:12
11. "Battle for the Mountain" 4:38
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "The Darkest Hour" 5:31
2. "Sons of Durin" 4:23
3. "The Fallen" 4:56
4. "Ravenhill" 5:47
5. "To the Death" (Extended Version) 7:22
6. "Courage and Wisdom" 5:09
7. "The Return Journey" 4:16
8. "There and Back Again" 4:19
9. "The Last Goodbye" (Written and Performed by Billy Boyd) 4:05
10. "Ironfoot" (Extended Version) 6:11
11. "Dragon-sickness" (Bonus Track) 3:51
12. "Thrain" (Bonus Track) 3:24

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[62] 74
Australian Classical/Crossover Albums (ARIA)[63] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[34] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[35] 38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[36] 83
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[41] 43
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 25
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[44] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 37

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