Thursday, January 2, 2014

Score Sample - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Time to kick off my first blog of the year. I figured I'd start with a post on the newest film score in my collection, Howard Shore's wonderful music to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. True to form Shore has crafted another fine score filled with various themes, some old and some new. What I really enjoy about this score over the previous one, is the large variance of tones and textures. Nearly every new location in the film is reflected in the music, sounding different enough but still holding the musical identity of Middle Earth that Shore created back in 1999 when the Lord of the Rings films were first entering production. 

While my favorite theme in this score has to be the music for the dragon Smaug, I have to say that one of the best tracks is the final one, used during the end credits. The track is called Beyond the Forest and it includes two new themes for the elves of Mirkwood. One is specific to the new elf character Tauriel. These new elven themes fit perfectly with the elf themes created for Rivendell and Lothlorien in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


  1. My son went with his friends and positively loved it.

    He swears that it's better than Pacific Rim. I scoffed at such a notion.

    1. It's an entertaining film, a bit too long, but flows so much better than the previous film which really moved in fits and starts. So far these films seem a lot clunkier than the LOTR trilogy. I'm curious to see the final film and how it flows then. The music is still some of the best coming out of Hollywood.

      Is it better than "Pacific Rim"? I don't know about that. I finally saw "Pacific Rim" a couple months ago and really enjoyed it. But I have to say I saw it in poor conditions... on an airplane. I've got some gift cards for Christmas, so I'm thinking of picking up the Blu-ray at some point. :) It should be a nice treat on my home theater.

  2. I haven't seen this movie or the soundtrack though I'd imagine it's nice. I'll check out your clip. One of the films & soundtracks I've been curious about is Inside Llewyn Davis, which I'm listening to now on Amazon, and sounds very cool. I love folk/singer songwriter music when done well. Plus I generally enjoy the Coen brother's work.