In an interview at the Hollywood Premiere of The Battle of the Five Armies, music score writer and director Howard Shore commented that music, to him, is “a very emotional language.” Red Carpet interviews are usually fluff, but Kellie and Alexandra Rice did a fabulous job of drawing out Shore’s thoughts on his Middle-earth music. You can view a video of that interview imbedded at the end of this article.
The “emotional language” of a film says much about the movie, and the soundtrack of the latest Hobbit movie indicates The Battle of the Five Armies will have a very somber tone. Billy Boyds’ reprise of “Edge of Night” for the recent trailer reflects that tone, although that lament is apparently not in the film itself. A new farewell melody which will apparently run at the beginning of the credits, “The Last Goodbye,” was created through a collaboration between Boyd and screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. The tune is rather lighter than “Edge,” but there is a certain sorrow behind the music and the lyrics. (Both songs can be enjoyed via YouTube videos, also embedded below.)
What this all means for the movie itself, and its place in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth hexology, remains to be seen (for people like me who have yet to see the film, at least). I must say that I might have to be very moody to want this soundtrack as background mood music.
But, perhaps there are other reasons to own a soundtrack. If you are one of those who just has to own this, know it comes out on physical media today at your favorite outlet. Available in the standard version, and the Special Edition with all the extras. You could certainly do worse than have another Howard Shore on your shelf.