hobbit-2The details of the soundtrack release for the fantasy adventure sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have been revealed. The album features the film’s original score composed by Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Aviator, Hugo), as well as the end credits song by Ed Sheeran. Visit Amazon to pre-order the regular edition and visit and click here to order the 2-CD special edition soundtrack. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is directed by Peter Jackson and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell and Jed Brophy. The movie will be released nationwide on December 13, 2013 by Warner Bros. Pictures. To learn more about the film, visit the official movie website.

Here’s the album track list:

Disc 1:

1. The Quest for Erebor
2. Wilderland
3. A Necromancer (Bonus Track) *
4. The House of Beorn **
5. Mirkwood **
6. Flies and Spiders **
7. The Woodland Realm **
8. Feast of Starlight
9. Barrels Out of Bond
10. The Forest River **
11. Bard, a Man of Lake-town **
12. The High Fells **
13. The Nature of Evil
14. Protector of the Common Folk

Disc 2:

1. Thrice Welcome
2. Girion, Lord of Dale **
3. Durin’s Folk **
4. In the Shadow of the Mountain
5. A Spell of Concealment **
6. On the Doorstep
7. The Courage of Hobbits
8. Inside Information
9. Kingsfoil
10. A Liar and a Thief
11. The Hunters **
12. Smaug **
13. My Armor Is Iron
14. I See Fire performed by Ed Sheeran
15. Beyond the Forest

* Bonus track available on Special Edition Soundtrack only
** Extended Versions of these songs Available on Special Edition Soundtrack only

Here’s the label’s press release:

(November 5, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA) – WaterTower Music today announced details of the soundtrack to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the second in a trilogy of films by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The soundtrack will be released on December 10, 2013, three days before the December 13 release of the film, and will be available both digitally and as a 2 CD set. A Special Edition soundtrack, featuring twelve extended tracks, a bonus track, expanded liner notes and interactive sheet music will also be available. Fans will be able to preorder the album at both iTunes and Amazon on November 5.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features the music of Howard Shore, one of film music’s most respected, honored, and active composers and conductors. “I’m looking forward to introducing you to Smaug,” exclaimed Shore, who previously worked with director Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Jackson added, “Howard Shore’s music soars and enriches way beyond its connection to our images, a unique sound like no other. He truly has created an epic musical world of his own. ”

Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy has been performed in numerous concerts internationally. In 2003 he conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington, New Zealand. Since then, the work has been performed nearly 300 times by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and has been the subject of a book, The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore’s Scores.

Howard Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, garnering three Academy Awards® for his music for those films, two for Best Original Score, and one for Best Original Song. Shore has also won numerous other honors for his film work, including four Grammys and three Golden Globe Awards, the Career Achievement for Music Composition Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, New York Chapter’s Recording Academy Honors, ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award, the Frederick Loewe Award and the Max Steiner Award from the city of Vienna. He holds honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and York University, and is an Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France and the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in Canada.

Included on the soundtrack is I See Fire, a new song created for the film by Ed Sheeran, the 22-year old British singer/songwriter and multi-platinum global phenomenon who was nominated in the prestigious “Song of the Year” category at this year’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Sheeran is also a two-time BRIT Award winner and recipient of the highly esteemed Ivor Novello award for best song musically and lyrically in the UK.” “It was such an honor working with Peter Jackson on this song,” Sheeran says. “Not only is he one of my favorite directors of my favorite films, The Hobbit was the first book I ever read as a child, so it means a lot that I get to produce music for the motion picture.”

Elaborating on the collaboration with Jackson, as well as filmmakers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Sheeran stated, “I was allowed complete freedom to create what I thought was fitting for the film, which is very rare, and Peter, Fran and Philippa were always on hand to give notes and pointers. The entire team down in New Zealand was out of this world. The film is amazing, I’m still geeking out that I’ve done a song for a Peter Jackson film set in Middle-earth!”

“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.”

“It is an honor to once again work with the tremendous Howard Shore, who has created the musical voice of Peter Jackson’s iconic The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings films from the beginning,” stated WaterTower Music head Jason Linn. “And we are thrilled that the stars aligned for this collaboration with Ed Sheeran and his truly inspired original song for our soundtrack. WaterTower anticipates another exciting and successful soundtrack journey with these two exceptional musicians.”

  1. Macejko says:

    I hope Shore won’t repeat any of the LoTR themes and comes up with new and fresh material. Also, The Hobbit theme (based on the Misty Mountains song) was great, but it was really overused in the first movie so hopefully it will be toned down this time.

  2. ed says:

    This marketing ploy is old and stale – just release the album as “One” album. The marketing of the “Unexpected Journey – special edition” score did not include anything substantial. Now, if you are listening ‘Watertower’ which I doubt, we do not need two seperate albums; the same could have been said for the recent “Man of Steel” releases.

  3. SDH says:

    The cue’s running times can be found in the iTunes page for this:


  4. tiago says:

    I didn’t understand, Shore is not orchestrating and conducting the score? Why the cover only shows “Music Composed by” instead of “Music Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by”, like in the others LoTR and The Hobbit soundtracks?

  5. SDH says:


    Conrad Pope “Orchestrated and Conducted” this one.

    • Macejko says:

      I wonder why is that.

      • ed says:

        Because of the thorough editing process afforded to his next Scorsese collaboration “The Wolf Of Wolf Street,” it has left Mr. Shore unable to be present in New Zealand for many of the recording sessions – so confide in one of the best Orchestrators and Conductors, Conrad Pope. Might not be entirely accurate, but it’s definately plausible.

        • Clark G. says:

          I don’t think Shore has ever been announced for Wolf of Wall Street. Wouldn’t expect that film to have any score.

          • ed says:

            He’s definately involved. As with Scorsese movies, It all depends how much of his score actually ends up in the final cut of the film.

        • Clark G. says:

          I’m pretty sure he’s not involved, otherwise he would have been announced as the composer. Assuming it will be another Good Fellas or Casino situation of a film with no score at all.