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On The Hobbit Recording Sessions & Doug Adams' Book "The Music Of The Hobbit Films"
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Aug 20 2012, 2:05am

Post #1 of 30 (3025 views)
On The Hobbit Recording Sessions & Doug Adams' Book "The Music Of The Hobbit Films" Can't Post

Doug Adams, author of the book "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films", announced early this morning via his blog that today, August 20, 2012, marks the beginning of the recording sessions for The Hobbit in London.

Fans of Howard Shore's scores for the Lord of the Rings films and Doug's monumental companion book to them will also find much excitement in the news that Doug has also signed on to write another companion book titled "The Music of The Hobbit Films".

Today the musical world of Middle-earth begins expanding once again. Today, you can no longer say that you know every note of Shore's music for Tolkien's world. In fact, you only know about half of it. (This is a ballpark figure; I have no idea how long the three Hobbit films will be!) Today the subject of The Music of the Hobbit Films exists not just in concept, but in reality. Today a new journey begins ...

Read Doug's entire story here. And hop in to our boards to speculate about the songs, recurring themes, and new themes that we might expect in the upcoming films.


Aug 20 2012, 7:51am

Post #2 of 30 (1903 views)
Both great pieces of news! [In reply to] Can't Post

The recording of the The Hobbit score, and a brilliant new book (only just ordered The Music of the Lord of the Rings films ... taken mea while!). All very exiciting Smile


Aug 20 2012, 8:19am

Post #3 of 30 (1893 views)
Now this IS real news... [In reply to] Can't Post

.. and exciting. Wish I were I fly on the wall where they're recordin (can flies hear? If not, then something that can...)

Also pleased to hear there will be a 'Music of...' book. The previous one is a beautiful book and interesting even to the non-musical (me).


Aug 20 2012, 9:36am

Post #4 of 30 (1811 views)
exciting! [In reply to] Can't Post

the music of the trailer is wonderful, i want more!!! and dougs book including the Rarities CD is wonderful!


Aug 20 2012, 10:16am

Post #5 of 30 (1773 views)
Wow [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm l iterally headed out the door, going on vacation to an Internet-less place, and I had a hunch do I had to get online and see! Fantastic news,--just what I thoight might be happening--and all my thoughts and prayers will be for the both of you. I know that sounds like a strange statement, but I belive that there was something Divine indeed going on last time around. All the best to the work and efforts of both of you!

And now--Namarie for a week--



Aug 20 2012, 12:24pm

Post #6 of 30 (1695 views)
That is great new indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Can't wait for the music and I assume Peter is in London as he was with LOTR. Also, can't wait for the next vblog hoping there is some footage of the recording sessions. That would be Great!


Aug 20 2012, 12:43pm

Post #7 of 30 (1673 views)
You mean... [In reply to] Can't Post

Howard Freakin Shore is recording (probably) right NOW???? I'm going to go pass out. Crazy

The cake is a lie.
The cake is a lie.
The cake is a lie.
The cake is a lie.
The cake is a lie___

Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 12:46pm

Post #8 of 30 (1681 views)
yaaaaaaaiii [In reply to] Can't Post

We wish you all the best of luck! This is comfortable news indeed!

So, should we expect a soundtrack in November?Smile

Rohirrim Rider

Aug 20 2012, 1:28pm

Post #9 of 30 (1623 views)
Both wonderful pieces of news! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm looking forward to every aspect of The Hobbit but the prospect of hearing Howard Shore return to Middle-Earth and continue his musical journey, with all of its incredible culture-building and wonderful use of motifs, is one that ranks as a special kind of joy to me.

And I'm very glad we're getting another of Doug's books out of it too! The first one is fascinating to me, even though I have absolutely no formal musical training. I'm fairly good at picking up themes and how they're used and how they evolve but there's so much more to discover and Doug's approach explains it in ways I never could and helps me understand it far better than would be otherwise possible.

Plus hopefully that means another rarities discs which hopefully will mean we'll get The Hobbit trailer music..!


Aug 20 2012, 1:37pm

Post #10 of 30 (1655 views)
I don't like to get ahead of things, [In reply to] Can't Post

but I feel that an announcement like this, this early on, is a sign that good things are ahead for fans of Shore's Middle-earth music.
In other words...hopefully these scores will get similar treatment to LOTR's scores.


Aug 20 2012, 1:48pm

Post #11 of 30 (1637 views)
I may have to go and live [In reply to] Can't Post

in cave in our Rocky Mountians for the
Month of November to avoid the temptation
of buying any music before the first film.

I want Howard's music to be heard with
Fresh Ears.

Rohirrim Rider

Aug 20 2012, 1:57pm

Post #12 of 30 (1618 views)
I know what you mean [In reply to] Can't Post

Though I also know I'm too weak to resist! SO I think I may allow myself one listen to the CD before seeing the film. Enough to whet the appetite but not to memorise or really take anything in. I learned my lesson on Return of the King.


Aug 20 2012, 2:16pm

Post #13 of 30 (1594 views)
Oh, I hope so . . . [In reply to] Can't Post


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,

"Thorin sat up with a start. 'Something is not right,' he muttered to himself as he stood up and
looked towards the mirror . . . . . . . . . 'Durin's bones', he gasped, 'what's happened to my beard?'"

Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 3:23pm

Post #14 of 30 (1606 views)
yes [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree Bombadil...i might give a small snippet..just a tasty bite...a smell of it...a whiff...

But i shall not listen to it after the movie...

Tom: do you intend to listen to it before the movie?


Aug 20 2012, 3:28pm

Post #15 of 30 (1586 views)
did that come out the way you intended? [In reply to] Can't Post

But i shall not listen to it after the movie...

If I want a soundtrack recording for a movie being released, I buy it as soon as possible and listen to it as many times as possible before the movie. I've found it enhances my enjoyment of both the movie and the music. I've never felt it spoiled me in terms of informing me about something of any significance in terms of plot.

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Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 3:50pm

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I've just let out a Gimli-esque "YEEESSSSSS"""!!!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

New scores by Howard Shore are a MAJOR reason to get excited for TH...LotR wouldn't have been half the movies they were if it weren't for HS's magnificent music, just as powerful on its own as it is coupled with PJ's imagery!

Just some thoughts on potential themes:
-I expect the Hobbit/Shire theme will return, though perhaps altered to fit Bilbo's personality and the film's atmosphere
-Expect the Ring/Gollum theme, Rivendell motiff, and hints of the Sauron/Mordor theme will be present in some form
-Would be very interesting to hear an up-tempo, "heroic" or ethereal iteration of the Isengard motif for a pre-fallen Saruman
-Can't wait to hear the full rendition of the MM theme - hope it's the primary theme for Thorin & Co.
-Potential fodder for new themes: Goblin-town, Mirkwood/the Wood Elves, Dol Guldur/The Necromancer, Smaug, the White Council, and Laketown! Yay! So much new territory for HS to explore!

Can't wait until the score hits...in late November/early December?

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


Aug 20 2012, 3:55pm

Post #17 of 30 (1541 views)
Very exciting! [In reply to] Can't Post

First piece of real news all week Smile

I did not know about that LOTR score book but now I think I shall have to buy it. Shore's music is a joy to hear both onscreen and off, looking forward to the new soundtrack with bated breath ~

When it's time to pray, we'll be dressed up all in grey, with metal on our tongues, and silver in our lungs.

Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 3:58pm

Post #18 of 30 (1557 views)
clumsy handses [In reply to] Can't Post

Haha! Indeed i SHALL listen to it after the movie...

Hm well, not in my case, i prefer to epxerience it for the first time i see the movie...then get the music, listen to it, then see movie again Cool

Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 4:01pm

Post #19 of 30 (1579 views)
I'm very happy Howard Shore is once again channeling Middle Earth [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm a huge fan of the LOTR soundtrack.

Go Howie! May I call you Howie? Laugh

King Arthur: You know much that is hidden oh Tim.

Tim: Quite.

Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 4:07pm

Post #20 of 30 (1538 views)
ei [In reply to] Can't Post


Captain, check this post i wrote a while ago. My take on the soudtrack!


Aug 20 2012, 4:11pm

Post #21 of 30 (1563 views)
actually... [In reply to] Can't Post

I think his nickname might be 'Howe'. That's what he named the record label he started:

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Aug 20 2012, 4:14pm

Post #22 of 30 (1594 views)
I recall that the reason PJ wanted HS in the first [In reply to] Can't Post

place Was his creepy Work on David Cronenberg's
"The Fly"..or "Silence of the Lambs"

The only time HS could really creep us out
was Shelop's Lair...so Now Howard has Whole Haunted
FOREST to scare the Be-Jesus out of us...tingling Nerve Rackin'
Arachnoid slidering..

.some of may neeeed a Bathroom
Break there..

(This post was edited by Bombadil on Aug 20 2012, 4:21pm)


Aug 20 2012, 8:06pm

Post #23 of 30 (1443 views)
I'm quite ready for another trio of brilliant Middle-earth soundtracks // [In reply to] Can't Post



Aug 20 2012, 8:12pm

Post #24 of 30 (1440 views)
Excitement :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Weird to think that right now HS is immersed in TH recording.... I wonder if any progress was made today?
Loved Doug Adams' Music of LotR book so am looking forward to the new one. I hope it doesn't get rushed to coincide with TH release and that Doug takes all the time he needs to make another beautiful book.

And I'd definitely rather listen to a movie score for the first time in the cinema - then if I like it I'll buy it and relive the film through the music Evil

~*Haudh-en-Ndengin the Elves named it, the Hill of Slain, and Haugh-en-Nirnaeth, the Hill of tears... the earth beneath which the swords of the Eldar and the Edain crumbled into rust*~


Aug 20 2012, 8:16pm

Post #25 of 30 (1442 views)
we need a poll (on the Pollantir board) [In reply to] Can't Post

on 'do you listen before' or 'wait till after'.

It would be interesting to see where people stand.

I have to say, when TTT and ROTK soundtracks came out, I was immersed in the study of the music with lots of others and we all listened before hand. Some people did entire track by track analysis not knowing what scenes - for sure - the music was tied to.

None of those people are here, of course. But the demographics for a forum might skew the results one way or another.

Still... it would be interesting. :-)

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