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Ed Sheeran pens song for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

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Selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden, touring with Taylor Swift, whole corners of Tumblr devoted just to him — and now writing and recording an original song for the soundtrack of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Ed Sheeran is kind of a thing.

“I See Fire,” released today on iTunes, will play during the closing credits of the film.

Listen below:

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118635391

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘s full soundtrack will be released December 10 and is available to pre-order on Amazon and iTunes now.

Sheeran also shared on Twitter that he played all of the instruments himself on the track (except for the elusive cello).

What Ed didn’t say is that the song technically makes him eligible for a “Best Original Song” Academy Award. Also, “I See Fire” is a touch reminiscent of Irish folk song “The Parting Glass,” which he often covers in concert and was the hidden bonus song on 2012’s +.

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