Howard Shore Returns To The Shire For 'Hobbit' Music

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For Howard Shore, the greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

Peter Jackson is back in Middle-earth, and he's bringing his "Lord of the Rings" composer with him. According to Empire Online, Howard Shore is up for another round of rousing music to accompany sweeping helicopter shots of glorious New Zealand.

"The Hobbit" will keep Shore employed for a while, as these Tolkien movies are known to take a little while to bring to life. Shore is up for the task at hand, though, and indeed feels like his return to the Shire was a no-brainer:

"We've talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002," he says. "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."

Three years of conjuring Hobbit music? There are worse gigs out there.

We're especially looking forward to what Shore will come up with for the climactic battle with Smaug the dragon. What will that track be named on the soundtrack? "Rage of the Dragon?" "The Breath, It Burns?" "Better Aim That Arrow Real Good?"

Part 1 of "The Hobbit" opens in Dec. 2012 (in theory).