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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is lending his pipes to the soundtrack of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in a month, and director broke it down for us on his Facebook page. The One Ring snagged some choice excerpts from the post:

We have a tradition in our Tolkien films of having a song over the closing credits. It’s very important that the song feels right for the world of the movie – and also carries the emotional resonance of the end of that particular film. The Desolation of Smaug is no different. The ending of this film requires a voice and sensibility that will allow an viewer to process what they have just experienced.

Ed watched the movie at Park Road Post, immediately went into a room, and started writing and singing. Much of what you will hear on this song was recorded that same day, with a few overdubs and tweaks the following day. It was a great experience, and what you will see in this video are moments captured by our behind the scenes team during the creation of the song.

But the images are only supporting Ed’s wonderful song. This is his direct emotional response to seeing The Desolation of Smaug, written and performed on the same day he saw the movie.

Again, you can read the whole post on his Facebook page, if you wish, or you can just check out the full track below:


The full soundtrack is currently available on iTunes, and the film will be hitting theaters on December 10.

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