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Seem to be plenty of new themes in the hobbit soundtrack ... (minor spoilers)


Dec 11 2012, 10:45pm

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Sitting here listening to the hobbit soundtrack (finally now in all its glorious uncompressed CD-quality) I am relishing all the new and reworked material, imagining what it will all sound like this coming Friday accompanied by the visuals.

What has me rather disappointed (and a little annoyed) is that many reviewers, including some TORN staff, claim there is "only one new theme" in this whole movie - the misty mountains theme. I know this has been discussed before when the soundtrack previews were released, but thought it was important enough that all the new traffic to the site this week should be able ponder the depth and breadth of the new soundtrack that is now in many of our hands.

I know not everyone obsesses about the score, but from reading only the reviews one might get the impression that the music is a boring rehash of LOTR themes. I admit I wouldn't pick them all the new themes my first viewing of the movie, but (help me out here), we have at least:

- Misty mountain theme - the most obvious one, and arguably rivals the fellowship theme in its epic-ness
- Thorin's theme features prominently and has such a lovely, stubbornly determined longing to it that I would be surprised if anyone fails to notice it (if they plan on commenting on the soundtrack). It has room to develop over the course of three movies too, I think
- The Erebor theme - similar to Thorin's, but more a bit more grand, and we hear this a lot throughout the soundtrack (I'm assuming whenever they talk about their homeland)
- The Radagast theme - very intense and prominent whenever he is featured
- Many motifs that seem to fit the situations they complement, like the opening mysterious pizzicato when wizard / dwarves meet, the playful roast-mutton music, and the goblin tunnel chants
- Smaug's theme - OK, this is only briefly in the movie twice, but -- it plays when Smaug shows up, so it definitely counts as Smaug's theme?

I can't imagine why anyone would want the old themes to change - the music plays such a vital role in anchoring the new trilogy to its "roots" in LOTR. The way the old themes have been woven together with the new gives me goosebumps at times. We have
- The shire / hobbit theme - absolutely breathtaking re-orchestrations of this at the beginning, esp when Bilbo leaves the shire
- Rivendell - OK, this one always gets on my nerves, mostly because I imagine the elves singing "wel--come to ri--ven--de--llll" over and over whenever it plays
- Gollum - again, what do you expect?
- The ring, saruman, galadriel, elves attacking, nature theme -- all tiny, little pieces that play once or twice and are done. I would be very concerned if we didn't hear these at the appropriate times.
- part of the mordor / Sauron theme being used as the Necromancer or Azog theme ... well, what more could you ask?

Last, I would like to note that the trilogy decision likely pushed several new themes to movie 2. We can certainly look forward to Beorn, wood-elves, mirkwood/spiders, laketown, Bard/Dale, and perhaps Dain themes popping up in the next two movies, with less emphasis on some of the more familiar themes from LOTR. I can't wait!

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Seem to be plenty of new themes in the hobbit soundtrack ... (minor spoilers) shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 11 2012, 10:45pm
    I wonder if there will be a version of... Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 11 2012, 10:49pm
    Answered your own question.. pulpfiction16 Send a private message to pulpfiction16 Dec 12 2012, 12:16am
    From the Home Page: JW Reviews The Hobbit Soundtrack Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Dec 12 2012, 1:58am
    Be mindful of the cut themes thoon Send a private message to thoon Dec 12 2012, 2:00am
    Wonderful discussion that you've started, thanks! Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Dec 12 2012, 3:49am


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