**This article contains spoilers from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. You have been warned.**
As I’m sure everyone knows, a movie’s soundtrack is almost as important as the actors. You can’t have a scene where someone is dying and have “Hollaback Girl” playing in the background.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies had, in my opinion, the best soundtrack that I’ve heard in a really long time. My personal favorite from the film’s score is “The Last Goodbye”, performed by the man who played Peregrin “Pippin” Took, Billy Boyd.
I’m not typically a very emotional person; I’m sarcastic and condescending at best. For a movie to move me to tears is a great feat, and the only films that have ever been able to do so are The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. All of which had amazing soundtracks and scores.
Another thing about Peter Jackson’s adaptations of Tolkien’s most popular works, is that he does an amazing job at portraying Middle Earth. This is a great feat, because there’s so much to Tolkien’s Middle Earth, making it nearly impossible to capture every detail. And while it wasn’t perfect, nothing ever is, Jackson did a tremendous job.
Howard Shore amazes once again. I’m a big fan of scores and soundtracks, like I mentioned above. As I said above, my personal favorite from TBotFA is “The Last Goodbye.” The song not only marks the deaths of Fili, Kili, and Thorin Oakenshield, but also the end of Middle Earth on the big screen….Maybe.
At the London premiere of TBotFA, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit star, Ian McKellan, hinted that Bilbo’s journey wouldn’t be the last we saw of Middle Earth on the big screen. Fans, including myself, have been hoping that Peter Jackson would be willing to do a film adaptation of The Silmarilion. However, the director didn’t seem to be sold on the idea.
“It’s a legal thing. The Tolkien estate owns the writings of Professor Tolkien – The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were sold by Professor Tolkien [in] the late 60s … the film rights,” he told media. “But they are the only two works of his that been sold. So without the cooperation of the Tolkien estate there can’t be more films.
It seems like the chances of The Silmarilion being made into a movie are slim to none. I guess we’ll just have to deal with the extended versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies to help us cope with the tragic ending to our adventures in Middle Earth.