The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack Streaming Free Online

Over an hour and forty-five minutes of original music from Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore is available online, embedded over at Empire Magazine in a story about preordering the soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Shore, who will also score The Hobbit trilogy for director Peter Jackson, is "building on his own work from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy," says the story. "You'll hear very specific echoes of elements from that work throughout the whole album, giving this a clear link to our first adventures in Middle Earth, but there are new themes here for the new characters too."

Yesterday, Rolling Stone debuted an "epic ballad" from Neil Finn that will appear in the film.

The album will be available in two versions from 11 December but can already be pre-ordered from iTunes orAmazon.