Here's the good news: musician Ed Sheeran has a new song out, and predictably for the British singer-songwriter, it's gorgeous. The tune, called "I See Fire," was recorded for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and will play during the end credits of the upcoming movie. It's his first solo song in over two years, and Ed Sheeran's Hobbit song is a sad, beautiful piece of music that's sure to please the singer's many fans.
And here's an interesting theory for you: While Sheeran hasn't confirmed anything, we're thinking that maybe "I See Fire" was originally supposed to appear on the soundtrack to Catching Fire, but all three songs Sheeran submitted for consideration got rejected — and so, hmm, did he repurpose the song for The Hobbit?
It's amusing because once you hear the song's Hunger Games-esqe lyrics, it makes a lot more sense that it would've been on the Catching Fire soundtrack... I mean, the title of the song is "I See Fire." And then there's the lyrics: "if this is to end in fire, then we should all burn together," which perfectly goes along with Catching Fire's themes of death and togetherness. There's also "should my people fall, then surely I'll do the same," as well as "with that shadow upon the ground, I hear my people screaming out," both of which are clearly symbolic of Katniss' knowledge that the fate of the revolutionizing, bloodied Panem rests in her hands.
Sure, the song also works for The Hobbit, and references like "Durin's son" and lines like "raise a glass of wine for the last time" make it clear that the song is for Peter Jackson's movie. All we're saying is that it would've been easy for Sheeran to take a song originally intended for Catching Fire, repurpose a few of the lyrics, and make it seem brand new and Hobbit-specific.
We're onto you, Sheeran. Wink.
Listen to "I See Fire" below and decide for yourselves: