Song of the Lonely Mountain

Album: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song appears in the end credits of the movie, The Hobbit. It tells the tale of the dwarves, as they trek across the dangerous landscape in their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the Dragon. When Finn got the call from director Peter Jackson and two of the movie's co-writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, he was given the advice: "Think Dwarven. To reach, to elevate."
  • Finn told CBS Local that penning the song was much different than writing something for one of his own albums. "It has such a context, Middle Earth parameters to observe," he said. "So no mention of romantic love or modern times. But that's good, less options means more freedom."
  • The former Crowded House frontman told CBS Local that Jackson was not interested in telling him how to write the song, trusting it would come out right. "There is a calmness in what Peter projects," said Finn, "even in the midst of a crazy workload that allows collaborators to have space and confidence to bring their best work forward."

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