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Here's a full Howard Shore track from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Can you feel the excitement building? I can. New Middle Earth on the big screen in just over a month. I love it when we get to this point in a big franchise film's release. I remember with the prequels we'd be getting brand new pieces of John Williams Star Wars music and now with The Hobbit's release just around the corner we have a brand new piece of Howard Shore score.

The track is called Radagast The Brown, who is Gandalf's friend and ally and based on my time on the set the character I predict to become a massive fan favorite. He's already super likable in the book, but Sylvester McCoy... well, he's bringing some great things to the role and I think people are really going to take to him.

Give it a listen:



I saw this reported at firstshowing first, but it apparently originated at AwardsDaily.

So, thoughts? Sounds right to me, but I'm an incredibly easy target for Shore's Middle Earth stuff. Now we just have to petition for a Fredegar Chubb theme and all will be right in this world.

-Eric Vespe
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  • Nov. 5, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    That Shore is

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    See what I did there?

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Wonderful to hear new Middle-Earth music from Shore!

    by tomandshell

  • He ain't no spring chicken . . .

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    ...and it's gone. That didn't take long.

    by cozy

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Kenny G

    by peter skellen

    Has been hired to do the new Star Wars score. This site is just slow with the news.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Kenny G is out and Sexy Sax is in

    by D o o d

    everyone is slow today.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Totally Radagast Dude!

    by Cameron Harrison

    Okay, I apologize for the subject line. But I'm really digging this music! Definitely sounds like it exists in the same universe as LotR, but with a wholly unique character and feel...and just as good as anything we've heard before. I'm so excited!

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Can you feel the excitement building?

    by MustGoFaster

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Radagast isn't in the book...

    by Dreamwriter

    I think he got mentioned once or twice in The Hobbit, but he wasn't a character in the book.

  • He is so under utilized it's a crime. His music made the LOTR trilogy. Maybe he's not easy to get along with?

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Would rather have a Pualy Shore audio track.

    by kindofabigdeal

    How's my Hobbit buddddyyyy?

  • James Newtom Howard still did an incredible job given the short amount of time(3 weeks!?) he had. But it had to be awkward for PJ and Shore. I know they said they separated amicably but that's the usual Hollywood BS. They featured Shore is a video diary for Kong then 2 weeks later his score was rejected. I'd love to hear it.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Love Shore's Middle Earth music, but...

    by Robert Appleton

    ...this sounds like an unfinished track from a bad Omen movie. I'm sure it works better in context, though. Was hoping for something more magical for Radagast.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Strains of the Doctor Who theme in Radagast's?

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by kboleen

    I hope this doesn't go down the road of the SW Prequel Trilogy: not bad but a far cry from the original, both artistically and musically. I liked the music from the first trailer much better. Was that original music or leftover from the Lord of the Rings?

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I listened to it again

    by kboleen

    and I hear nothing of the nature loving/earthy character from the book. The video clip I've seen hits the mark but this music doesn't, except for the first five or ten seconds.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Hmm to strange it sounds

    by Tirnaog

    Kinda o eminded me of Bram Stokes Dracula film score. Great score that.

  • Fantastic. I'm so excited.

  • Is all about context with what we see onscreen.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by kboleen

    That's true, good point.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Kboleen if I had to guess...

    by D.Vader

    I'd think this music accompanies some bad news, a portend of the evil to come, that Radagast will psychically read from his hedgehog friends seen in the trailer.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    set visits

    by vaterite

    Hey Fredegar, Now that you mention it, did you ever finish posting your set visits? I loved them. Are you now forbidden to speak of some of it, because it got moved to movie II?

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Does it have deep dwarven voices chanting

    by David Duchovny

    Lame lame lame lame lame lame lame lame mooooooovie ?

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    It's kind of all over the place....

    by Chuck

    Honestly, I can't really figure out what the hell they were going for with this one.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    "Already likeable in the book" ?????

    by Still_A_Lostie

    Radagast is NOT in the book except for a mention. He is in Fellowship, but in a narrative-within-the-narrative as Gandalf explains his absence from Frodo's flight at the Council of Elrond. And that appearance is fleeting as is.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    It's not a concert piece, people

    by D.Vader

    Is a track made of music from most likely different scenes in the film. Like most every soundtrack, you're going to get a piece that, in the final film, plays at different times. On soundtracks they combine these scenes into one track for a more easy listening experience. These tracks aren't meant to be individuals joyful experiences. They're pieces of the movie combined for the best possible independent listening.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I do love the Anglican boys choir type sound to this.

    by Still_A_Lostie

    But Tolkien was a Roman Catholic.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Radagast ALWAYS intrigued me from his brief mentions

    by hadrion

    I used to sketch what i imagined he looked like... I doubt I was alone in him being a favorite of the other wizards that were mentioned. The blue wizards were always the least interesting. Radagast the brown intrigued me as he was not white or grey, and that he became lost in his love of nature.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I can't believe people are knocking this

    by ndally

    It's great and who fucking knows the context of the scene? Jesus. Go listen to Hans "i fucking repeat myself" Zimmer you fucking rubes!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I freaking love it

    by Anthony Torchia

    Radagast Rules!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I'm not even really sure who Radagast is....

    by Chuck

    ....but I do know that he was the inspiration for Mustrum Ridcully. And that makes him pretty damn awesome in my book.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Radagast the fool?

    by alan_poon

    Radagast the bird tamer?

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Wish the single was on Amazon

    by Dazzler69

    I would buy it.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Howard Shore is one heck of a composer...

    by Darkness

    he has come a long way since "The Fly". This sounds like he never stopped writing for Middle Earth - stunning! A nice continuation from the Rings Trilogy. The soundtrack release this time will feature 2-discs worth of score: One will be a standard 2-disc; the other will also feature 2-discs with longer cues found on the standard with bonus tracks...Phew! No doubt at some point in the future, the Complete Recordings will be unleashed when the extended cuts are put together.

  • In other words, he's had plenty of time to chew on this. I still wonder what specifically got him shitcanned from Kong though. As for this piece, I think one needs a specific visual context to know whether the music works or not. I still listen to the trilogy sountracks regularly so I have confidence in Shore.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I can't believe people are knocking this

    by Dheep

    Is there anything here they DON'T knock ? Almost Knee-Jerk

  • Albeit briefly. But what did you guys expect? They're making 3 movies here. They're trying to flesh out the story lines with the Necromancer and trying to tie it more in with Lord of the Rings. There's obviously going to be content in the movies that wasn't in the book(s). That's to be expected. My worry is what they do with that content. And that they stay true to the spirit of Tolkien's story. Of course I'd feel more at ease if Christopher Tolkien was more on board with these films. That's never going to happen, but Christopher has all his father's files and unwritten works (though much of it has been published in the form of Lost Tales and Unfinished Tales). One can only hope Jackson gets it right. I thought he did an admirable job with Rings. Not perfect, but better than anything we've been given so far. And I would have really liked to have seen what Guilermo Del Toro could have done with the Hobbit. But much like the Star Wars news that's cropped up recently, I'm being cautiously optimistic about what comes next. I doubt Jackson will get it exactly right (and I've already seen some stuff in the trailors and video diaries that I don't like). The Hobbit has always been a personal favorite of mine. It's one of the things that inspired me to become who I am today (career wise and otherwise). So I've always been partial to it. I'll probably be one of the films biggest critic. But I'll also probably take the same approach as I did Rings. Is it better than not having an adaptation of the material at all. In Rings case, yes it was. I'm going to try to go into the Hobbit with an open mind. I have a feeling I'll come out feeling the same way as I did with Rings.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I like it...

    by Bill C.'s suitably sweeping and quirky, though its pacing has me thinking "Damn, what's Radagast actually doing? Running from the forces of the Necromancer or something?"

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    It sure sounds like Howard Shore

    by DarthJedi

    I can't help it. I'm just not that excited about these movies as I was for LOTR. I really feel PJ is turning what is essentially a children's story into some sort of forced epicness. I'll still be there, no doubt as LOTR speaks for itself and it sure looks like he's keeping the visual continuity anyway, but more than a little pessimistic at the actual finished piece.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I like it!

    by Michael Tyree

    But then, like Quint, I'm an absolute fool over the LotR soundtrack so it's hard for me to be impartial. Sounds a bit heavy for a Radagast with bird poo in his hair though...he-he. If the entire score is half as good as LotR, I'll be twice as likely to love it.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    The Hobbit is not going to be like the book folks.

    by Michael Tyree

    I mean, there will be the story, of course, but if anyone thinks it's going to be anything other than a prequel to Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" then you just haven't been paying attention. The childlike tone will simply not be there though after seeing Radagast' giant bunny sleigh in action, I'd say there's still going to be a good bit of whimsy. That's great and it would be nice if the whimsical element stays through all the way up to when **SPOILER** Gandalf leaves the company at the eaves of Mirkwood. Things are quite a bit grimmer by that time on the book. I also like how, evidently, the movie will start with the necessary flashback scene that will include Frodo and the older (Ian Holm) Bilbo. This is very reminiscent of the setting for "The Quest for Erebor" only it's Gandalf relating the tale of how he came to choose Bilbo to Gimli, Pippin and others of the Fellowship. Yes Quint, I'm excited as well. Nonetheless, I'm still advising people to read the book to their little ones before taking them to see the movie. Otherwise, the book will probably seem quite tame after the movie.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Sounds great to me!! MORE HOBBIT NEWS PLEASE

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    The music rich and intriguing. So, since we are but a MONTH from the fucking release, how about some more tidbits? Something? Anything? Quint's Hobbit Set Reports???????

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Don't want to think of John Williams leaving us at some point...

    by Jack Desmondi

    ...but he is getting up there so it is possible. If so, as brilliant and unforgettable as his Star Wars scores have been, I hope they start fresh. When the "new guy" composer on Superman Returns had to recycle William's main theme, he was basically shot it the foot because all the original stuff "new guy" came up had to compete with Williams' stuff. It was a no win situation, so the new score didn't even try and do anything original or memorable. Plus, I found the blend of old and new more melancholy than exciting. If they are going to "reboot" the series with new writer, director, producer--might at well start over with the music as well.

  • ...and I think I agree with your "melancholy" comment, though that doesn't mean the score itself is actually bad. John Ottman was definitely hamstrung in places by needing to connect it to JW's Supes leitmotifs, certainly, apart from the one genuinely good original piece ('You're Not One of Them'--and that's certainly melancholy as all get out). If anything, for some insane reason it's reminding me of Elliot Goldenthal's Batman film scores...which is a strange connection to make.