hobbit-3WaterTower Music has announced the release date of the soundtrack album for Peter Jackson’s fantasy adventure The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The album features the film’s original music composed by Howard Shore (The Silence of the Lambs, Hugo, The Departed) who previously scored the first two films in The Hobbit series, as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The soundtrack will be released on December 16, 2014. Check back on this page for the full album details. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stars Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, as well as Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom. The final installment in The Hobbit series is set to be released on December 17, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.

  1. tiago says:

    Shore is not orchestrating and conducting again? So, this means the return of Conrad Pope and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra? Because I read that the relationship between Howard Shore and Peter Jackson is shaken, and he was using Pope to modify and rewrite Shore’s music.

    • David says:

      No, Shore’s music is kept just like he wrote it. And yes, Conrad Pope has been and he’s still recording with the NZO for TBOTFA.

  2. ed says:

    There is, as far as I am aware, no bad-blood between Shore and Jackson – that whole “King Kong” debacle was amicable. This comes down to Shore himself being reluctant to fly over to New Zealand to record the score. As with “The Desolation of Smaug” Shore sent reliable Orchestrator and Conductor across the sea to oversee matters; corresponding which other on Skype.

    I’m sure there are other stories that differ, but this is what I have come to learn of the situation.

    Still, I am looking forward the conclusion of his magum opus, and final trip to Middle Earth.

  3. Yi-Peng Li says:

    Can you tell me whether there will be a special edition release of this soundtrack? I’m afraid it’s not displayed on any site as of now.

    • Lucy Smith says:

      Yes there will be – the physical CD of the special edition is available to pre-order on Amazon now (has a green cover). Not yet available for digital pre-order.