Howard Shore is returning to Middle Earth. The composer told The Province that he was gearing up to begin work on composing the music for director Peter Jackson’s two part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, following up on the work he did for Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
It looks like finally it’s going to be happening. I’ll be working on it for the next three years — it’s going to consume a lot of my time and work now.
Shore’s work on the Lord Of The Rings films have been well received by fans and critics alike for its evocative, lyric quality that suited the many varied moods of the films. He has won two Academy Awards, for Fellowship Of The Rings and for Return Of the King, and the music has been performed in concert settings.
As The Hobbit is essentially a prequel to Lord Of The Rings (Yes, I know that The Hobbit was written first and Lord Of The Rings is the literary sequel, but we’re talking cinematically here.), Shore will be able to take musical themes that he composed for those movies and weave them into the new ones in a form of retroactive foreshadowing.