Stuff We Love: Transporting ourselves to the Shire by listening to “Concerning Hobbits”

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Mar 26, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT (Updated)

How can you capture the joy, hope, strength, and spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits in a few minutes of music? I’m not sure, but somehow composer Howard Shore managed to do it in "Concerning Hobbits," the second track on the soundtrack for the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.      

The piece is heard at the beginning of the film as Frodo and Gandalf enter the Shire. It plays in the background as we see the different hobbits and their homes amid the rolling green hills. It’s one of my favorite pieces of music from the entire trilogy. “Concerning Hobbits” is a light, beautiful track that does a great job of conveying the essence of the hobbits. As soon as you hear it, it’s like you’re transported to the peaceful Shire, where the hobbits may have simple lives but are far more complex than many believe.


While “Concerning Hobbits” is found at the beginning of the first film, parts of it reappear throughout the trilogy at other points during important moments for the hobbits. For example, you can hear it at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring during “The Breaking of the Fellowship,” in The Two Towers’ “Samwise The Brave,” and in The Return of the King’s “The Return of the King.”

Hearing parts of the theme for the hobbits at these moments not only reminds us of where the hobbits started and came from, but of who they are as they go through this adventure that takes them so far from their home. They do great things and often surprise people who have a certain idea of what it means to be a hobbit.

Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings soundtracks are among my favorite and most-played albums.They're perfect to listen to at anytime, whether I'm working or just relaxing. While there are many tracks that I love from all three films that I replay over and over again, “Concerning Hobbits” will always have a special place on my playlist!