Howard Shore To Score ‘The Hobbit,’ Rounds Out Returning ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Gang

Looks like the gang’s almost all back together! In an unsurprising turn of events, Howard Shore (not pictured) has announced to The Province that he will be returning to score both parts of the “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit.”

“We’ve talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002,” he told the newspaper. “It looks like finally it’s going to be happening. I’ll be working on it for the next three years — it’s going to consume a lot of my time and work now.”

Shore won three Academy Awards for his work on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and the powerful music he created for the films definitely helped cement their status as some of the finest fantasy flicks of all time. With “Rings” director Peter Jackson back on board for both prequels as well, it looks like our dreams of seeing “The Hobbit” be a seamless part of the “Lord of the Rings” universe have finally come to fruition.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” star Martin Freeman has already been cast as Bilbo Baggins, and many of the new characters have been cast as well. The three actors from the “Lord of the Rings” films who would be able to be a part of “The Hobbit” as well — Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Hugo Weaving as Elrdon — have still not confirmed their involvement in the films, but it is expected that they will reprise their roles.

The two “Hobbit” movies are expected to hit theaters in December 2012 and 2013, respectively, concluding the “Lord of the Rings” prequels a decade after “Return of the King” hit theaters.

Are you glad Howard Shore has agreed to score “The Hobbit”?