In case you haven't heard, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies comes out in theaters next Wednesday. In honor of this momentous occasion, I am sharing music from my favorite artist, Peter Hollens, inspired by the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. I will share one song each day, in order of Tolkien's stories. So here goes! :-)
First up..."Misty Mountains", from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Peter doesn't often do multiple versions of a song, but this one is an exception. This is a second take, with solo violin accompaniment by Jun Sung Ahn. I love how much depth the violin gives to the layers of voices.
I think it's amazing how this song captures the different emotions of the dwarves. They're sad because their homeland has been stolen, and so many of their people have died trying to get it back. And yet you still sense their excitement at starting this journey and the thrill of a new adventure. Which brings to mind something I've wondered for a long time: do you think Thorin sensed from the start that he wouldn't make it out alive?
If you like this song, you can purchase it from Loudr or iTunes. (Loudr gives more back to the artist, and they're cheaper.)