The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Special Edition
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Special Edition

December 11, 2012

  Song Title Artist
My Dear Frodo Howard Shore
Old Friends (Extended Version) Howard Shore
An Unexpected Party (Extended Version) Howard Shore
Blunt the Knives (Exclusive Bonus Track) The Dwarf Cast
Axe or Sword? Howard Shore
Misty Mountains The Dwarf Cast
The Adventure Begins Howard Shore
The World is Ahead Howard Shore
An Ancient Enemy Howard Shore
Radagast the Brown (Extended Version) Howard Shore
The Trollshaws (Exclusive Bonus Track) Howard Shore
Roast Mutton (Extended Version) Howard Shore
A Troll-hoard Howard Shore
The Hill of Sorcery Howard Shore
Warg-scouts Howard Shore
Disc 2
The Hidden Valley Howard Shore
Moon Runes (Extended Version) Howard Shore
The Defiler Howard Shore
The White Council (Extended Version) Howard Shore
Over Hill Howard Shore
A Thunder Battle Howard Shore
Under Hill Howard Shore
Riddles in the Dark Howard Shore
Brass Buttons Howard Shore
Out of the Frying-Pan Howard Shore
A Good Omen Howard Shore
Song of the Lonely Mountain (Extended Version) Neil Finn
Dreaming of Bag End Howard Shore
A Very Respectable Hobbit (Exclusive Bonus Track) Howard Shore
Erebor (Exclusive Bonus Track) Howard Shore
The Dwarf Lords (Exclusive Bonus Track) Howard Shore
The Edge of the Wild (Exclusive Bonus Track) Howard Shore

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • Copyright: 2012 WaterTower Music
  • Total Length: 2:07:28
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  • ASIN: B00A8Z6KN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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197 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Expected Journey December 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I don't know if there ever was film music, save for the sequels to the original 1977 Star Wars, that had as much anticipation attached to it as The Hobbit. Howard Shore created a milestone with Lord of the Rings, and despite the events surrounding Jackson's King Kong, there was no question he would be on board for these films. It is quite possible, and very likely, given his passion for Tolkien, that he was playing with ideas for a possible Hobbit movie ever since he wrapped up The Return of the King.
Should you have asked yourself the question if themes from The Lord of the Rings would appear in The Hobbit, Howard Shore puts it to rest one minute into the album, when a plain string arrangement of the Shire theme appears in "My Dear Frodo", leading into the prologue music after the opening titles. Here, much like in Fellowship of the Ring, several main thematic threads are introduced; the most prominent being the themes for Smaug and the dwarves.

Given the story of the films, it should be no surprise that Shore heavily expands upon the dwarven music from Lord of the Rings. "My Dear Frodo" and "An Ancient Enemy" are the most prominent examples, when the deep male chorus sings out earthshattering expansions of the dwarven harmonies, together with a new, noble theme on french horns for the great dwarf culture. While their theme in Lord of the Rings ("A Journey In The Dark") was ever downward reaching, this theme moves upward in a proud, yet already slightly resigning way. This is a major thematic thread in this score, but of course not the only one. There are themes and motifs abound.
The centre of the score is twofold. One is the theme "Misty Mountains", as already heard in the trailer. Written by Plan 9, it sets J.R.R.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait December 11, 2012
By kjenfan
Format:Audio CD
Like so many of you, I have been fascinated by J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth for decades and was thrilled when my prepaid download of the soundtrack began this evening. Thankfully, Howard Shore has once again proven himself more than equal to the task of bringing these marvelous tales to life. Having just re-read the Hobbit, I found that I had forgotten just how much of the story is quite serious in nature. The film score brilliantly reflects the story arc with some light-hearted moments as in "Blunt the Knives" (a sprightly, Celtic sounding track featuring the dwarves) but quickly takes on the more majestic scope of Tolkien's story as it proceeds. As with Lord of the Rings, Shore presents a full offering of beautiful instrumental pieces, haunting choral pieces, and stirring adventure-themed arrangements of daring and foreboding.

Some themes such as "The Hidden Valley" and "The White Council" are very reminiscent of the Rivendell pieces from LOTR. We book lovers especially appreciate how brilliantly Howard Shore has captured the *feel* of Tolkien's work and brought it to life. The dwarves' rendition of Misty Mountains is most interesting -- deep voices joined in melancholy song. This is one of my favorite tracks and one which is intertwined very effectively throughout the rest of the soundtrack, much in the vein of the Fellowship theme in the Lord of the Rings movies. And of course, the Gollum and Bilbo scenes are brought to menacing life in "Riddles in the Dark". The music is just what you would expect of a scene like this.

This is one for the ages -- brilliant soundtrack and one I expect to listen to over and over again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 6, 2013
By Gamefan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While this soundtrack contains a great score as expected, I've found that the tracks do not actually contain the same tracks that were used at parts in the movie. For instance, the Misty Mountains song that was so moving in the movie is only on the soundtrack by itself and in a variant form. Nowhere in the soundtrack is the song presented along with the booming score as it was in the movie and this is quite disappointing as it was one of the main reasons I purchased this soundtrack.

As noted, the overall score is fantastic but if you're looking for something specific I would give it a listen before buying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is the score but not the whole thing February 3, 2013
By nclsta
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I thought that this would be the whole score in its entirety like when the whole scores of the Lord of the Rings released about three years latter after the trilogy had its run ended in the winter of 2004.But it wasn't.For the first tracks it does have the main sequences, but then as you go further into the music it then is edited and shortend then what it was on screen.So I hope that this was not about money that they could not put the whole thing in one package.I hope that when the whole prequal trilogy is over that Reprise Records gives the authorization to have Howard Shores Hobbit scores re-relaesed in its entirety the way it should be.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it could be much better. February 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I'm very sorry to disagree with so many others, but I have to say that as a long- time fan of both Peter Jackson and Howard Shore I found this soundtrack very disappointing.
Unlike the 2-disc soundtracks released with the Lord of the Rings series (which are now almost impossible to find for under a small fortune), this set IS NOT the film score! It is a collection of songs that feels like a slightly- extended basic soundtrack, along with a few tracks added which we never heard in the film (Previews for the next film, I suppose? What will go on that album then?).
The way the music is arranged, you never really have that sustained feeling of majesty that the other soundtracks achieved. Instead, you're constantly jerked around between music that is too quiet, then too bombastically loud, then on occasion showing a little of that glory you know it is capable of.
Cosmetically speaking, the case is disgraceful considering how much it costs compared to the "basic" soundtrack. It's overpriced cardboard with a bunch of silly iphone app features printed into it, a book about the album mostly dominated by pictures, and slots that barely hold your CDs in place. Yes, I'm sure it's cheaper for the record company and better for the environment, but it doesn't provide much protection for your discs at all!
All negativity aside, there are a few absolute gems in this set, including recordings of "Blunt the Knives" and "Misty Mounstains", though I am disappointed that these were not recorded longer for the album. Would it really have been that difficult to ask Mr. Armitage to sing the entire song, or at least more than a minute's worth of it for the fans who shelled out the money for this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome song
Celtic, Irish and the like, songs have long been a favorite so when I heard this on the Hobbit An Unexpected Journey I had to have it. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by PURPLE JEWELS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
Pop this in and let it take you far away from this place. Beautiful music that's an inspiration for this artist. Great stuff.
Published 11 days ago by RMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get better than Howard Shore
This CD is so good that you can just SEE the movie as you listen to it. Great for road trips.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Kottwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Before-Bed Soundtrack
I typically listen to music or a podcast right as I'm drifting off to sleep at night. This soundtrack is lately my favorite.
Published 2 months ago by J. Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Soundtrack
I loved the music from the Lord of the Rings movies, and this soundtrack continues along those lines. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie music
I love soundtracks from good movies and animated shows and I will admit this was a good track. the music from the movie allows one to remember scenes from the movie if you allow... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anime Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Got it for the signing dwarfs
It is good music, but I think it is rather long to enjoy at one time. It does capture the feel of the movie.
Published 2 months ago by Elias Arnaout
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
This is a fantastic soundtrack. Wonderful background music to make everyday feel like an adventure. :)
Plus, Autorip meant I had it instantly; didn't have to wait for the CD... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marci
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
Since I collected the "Complete Collections" from the original trilogy, these albums were a no brainer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Soundtrack, Special Edition]
Amazing and wonderful edition of this soundtrack. Its format like a book with beautiful pictures and data. A must for fans of the films of Peter Jackson and Tolkien's books.
Published 2 months ago by Edu
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