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Peter Jackson speaks about how singer songwriter Ed Sheeran became involved in the soundtrack for 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'

Jackson reveals how Ed Sheeran came on board at the Desolation of Smaug Fan Event

As I'm sure most of you will know by now, Ed Sheeran has written, produced and performed a song entitled 'I See Fire' for the end credits of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' . But most of you won't know the story behind Sheeran's involvement. But first if you haven't heard Sheeran's latest song, and newest addition to the Hobbit soundtrack, you can hear it here.

So, yesterday Peter Jackson and several other prominent people involved with 'Desolation of Smaug' took part in an international live event to celebrate the forthcoming release of Desolation of Smaug. Eleven different cities worldwide took part, and after the live feed ended those in attendance at the theatres were treated to several sneak peeks, including the debut of Sheeran's song.

Theonering.net reports that during the event time Peter Jackson spoke about how Sheeran got involved in the production of the film saying that his daughter Katie introduced the artist to him after attending one of Sheeran's shows back in March/April. "She said that I just had to listen to him, and that he could be the perfect fit for the end of the film… and she was right."

Jackson noted at the time Sheeran's 'great voice' and 'great sensitivity' but then put the idea on the backburner for several months. Peter told fans in Wellington that when a musician writes the end-credits song for a movie, they usually always see the film before they write and record their song. Which meant that Sheeran's involvement had to occur fairly late on in the process.

Peter added that because of that 'I See Fire' was only recorded a couple of weeks ago, with Sheeran being flown out to New Zealand and shown a rough cut of the finished film, afterwards he then wrote and recorded the song at production studios Park Road Post. He told fans that in a way the song was Sheeran's immediate emotional response to the film.

This is particularly poignant because if you listen to 'I See Fire' you'll see that it seems to be from Thorin Oakenshield's point of view, and embodies his determination to win back Erebor. There are lines such as 'And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke. Keep watching over Durin's son' and 'If this is to end in fire. Then we should all burn together'

The Soundtrack is available for pre-order in standard or special edition form. You can also snap it up on vinyl if that's your kind of thing. Ed Sheeran's 'I See Fire' is available on Itunes right now!

Daniel Wood is a long-time 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' fan after his dad read him both books as bedtime stories as a child. Of course back then he didn't understand a word he was hearing, so he's grateful they made films. Follow Daniel Wood on Twitter .

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