Spotlight: Peter Hollens

So there I was mourning the hibernation of the Lord Of The Rings/The Hobbit fandom now that there are no more films to look forward to when I stumbled upon an advert for Peter Hollens’s Misty Mountains: Songs inspired by The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings album.

Half of me was excited to hear a new interpretation of the music and the other half, my standard reaction when I stumble upon covers of songs I adore, was more along the lines of “how dare this person commit the sacrilege of covering these sacred tunes?!”  I tentatively went on his YouTube channel and started with Arwen’s Song.

Now let’s rewind to 2003.  The Return Of The King had just come out and I was horrified that the whole Faramir/Eowyn relationship was relegated to one measly look at the coronation and that the whole Houses of Healing montage had been cut.  Then came the rumours that Liv Tyler had sung a track which was to be played over said montage.  Trust me the first I did when the Extended DVDs came out was go straight to that scene.  And then the fandom ripped the sound track from that scene and that was all the snippets of the song we had until finally the extended soundtrack was released in 2007.

Basically, I had a lot invested in this song.

And Peter Hollens’s cover was wonderful.

And from there I gobbled up every Middle Earth cover on his YouTube channel (who needs sleep on a workday, eh?) and downloaded his album.

Seriously people, it’s PURE MAGIC.

Don’t believe me?  Check out:

I See Fire
Into The West
Song Of Durin

It gives me so many ~feelings~

For those of you reading this who do not have the slightest bit of interest in Lord Of The Rings then (what’s wrong with you?!) first, well done for making it this far and secondly, Peter Hollens doesn’t just do covers of hobbits singing, he covers everything from musicals (awesome Wicked medley) to Disney – come on, everyone loves Disney!

Check him out, you won’t regret it!

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