Ed Sheeran Performs ‘The Hobbit 2’ Closing Song8.11.13 # News # 2 Comments
As we inch closer to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in December, director Peter Jackson has revealed another behind-the-scenes nugget for us. He posted on Facebook that singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has written and recorded the song to be played over the closing credits, ‘I See Fire’.
Jackson’s post explains how he is following the “tradition” of his Tolkien films having a song played over the closing credits, after Neil Finn’s performance at the end of the first Hobbit film, and Annie Lennox before him with The Return of the King. Jackson’s daughter suggested that Sheeran would be a great fit for the end of the film, and within 48 hours the Brit and his manager were in Wellington watching the finished film.
The song seems like it would be a great match with the fiery desolation that the Hobbit sequel is promising. Full of rich imagery of Thorin’s quest to reclaim his homeland, ‘I See Fire’ is fairly fitting for a film about a dragon.
The release of the song is accompanied by a video splicing together behind the scenes footage and clips from the movies: