hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaugEd Sheeran has written and recorded the end credits song I See Fire for Peter Jackson’s upcoming fantasy adventure sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Grammy-nominated and BRIT Award and Ivor Novello Award-winning British singer/songwriter announced his involvement on his Twitter page today. Sheeran plays all the instruments on the track apart from the cello. I See Fire will be released as a single tomorrow, November 5 on iTunes (link will be added later tonight). WaterTower Music will release the official soundtrack album featuring the song, as well as the film’s original score composed by Howard Shore in two different versions on December 10, 2013. Click here to pre-order the regular edition and visit Amazon to order the 2-CD special edition soundtrack. Check back on this page for the full album details to be announced within the next couple of days. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell and Jed Brophy. The movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. The movie will be released nationwide on December 13, 2013 by Warner Bros. Pictures. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.

  1. Lee says:

    The Song is perfect for the film. According the Peter Jackson, Ed Sheeran wrote the song in the perspective of Thorin, and it sounds just like that, like a folk song, like a campfire song that the Dwarves would sing together.

  2. eu says:

    Horrible and naif… the worst lord of the ring end titles song ever. It is in the opposite of the movie and books spirit… bored, conventional…. it seems like made by a computer program of ridiculous folk pop tracks. No personality, and no emotion in it.

    • Macejko says:

      Word. I wouldn’t be irritated by it if it was just a regular song, but tying it to The Hobbit? That doesn’t make any sense.

    • David says:

      Actally, Sheeran is a big fan of the Tolkien’s books, and according to Jackson, the song is his reaction to the film.

      “Ed Sheeran is a true Tolkien fan, and also happens to be a brilliant singer-songwriter,” offered Peter Jackson. I See Fire is Ed’s emotional response to the film. It’s perfect.”

  3. Macejko says:

    Well, maybe some people shouldn’t be allowed to react to Tolkien’s work :)