Without having seen a bit of the film, I can say The Hobbit’s soundtrack by Howard Shore (who also wrote the music for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film series) musters up the concept of great endeavor, of the struggle and adventure at the heart of The Hobbit the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. This great purpose is given on “My Dear Frodo,” a track full of omen and purpose, featuring choral vocals and booming drums that echo the sounds of epic warfare. The sounds grow lighter and more mercurial on “Old Friends,” painting a vivid picture of The Shire at the story’s outset. The tracks grow more purposeful, with darker tones interspersed, as they continue. Deeply intoned vocals appear in “Misty Mountains,” a beautiful, elegiac song that calls to mind ancient and ritualistic forms of music, consisting only of vocals. Similarly, “An Ancient Enemy” conjures its namesake with deep choral vocals and foreboding strings. Kiwi Singer Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) appears for the medieval “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” which Finn said he tried to make sound “dwarven.” With its chanted vocals, percussion that clangs like a sword and on the heels of Shore’s epic soundtrack, you’ll want to draw swords against the hordes yourself — at least figuratively speaking.