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'The Desolation of Smaug' Special Edition Soundtrack reviewed by Aragorn the Elfstone

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Dec 11 2013, 6:41pm

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'The Desolation of Smaug' Special Edition Soundtrack reviewed by Aragorn the Elfstone Can't Post

Guys, I posted a review of the Special Edition Soundtrack on the front page - but Wordpress is acting a little wonky, and it got bumped to the second page of the board. So I've asked for it to be deleted, and I'm reposting it here if any of you would like to read it.

'The Desolation of Smaug' Special Edition Soundtrack reviewed by Aragorn the Elfstone

Howard Shore’s score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was, for many of us, a nostalgic trip back to Middle-earth. Regardless of the differences between some of the music on the album and the final film, the score brought us back comfortably to musical territory that we knew – while also setting up a number of themes that would come back full force in the next films.

Let me tell you – if any of you were hoping for more original material from Mr. Shore, you’ve got your wish. In spades. The score for The Desolation of Smaug is almost completely devoid of any music from the previous trilogy (excepting the ever present History of the Ring theme and some brief quotes of the Shire and Bree themes – and one other that I’ll avoid mentioning for the sake of spoilers). The new music includes themes for Beorn, Tauriel, Bard, Girion, and Laketown and more. Returning from An Unexpected Journey, but developed in new ways, are the Erebor and Smaug themes, among others.

"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence

(This post was edited by Aragorn the Elfstone on Dec 11 2013, 6:42pm)


Dec 11 2013, 6:50pm

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really enjoyed the review! [In reply to] Can't Post

thanks, man. everything i've heard of the score seems to back you up.


Dec 11 2013, 6:58pm

Post #3 of 3 (113 views)
Nice job! [In reply to] Can't Post

I loved AUJ OST but I love the DOS for bringing us so much in the way of new amazing Middle-earth music,Cool


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