HP’s Summer of Tolkien has got me hankering for some Hobbit!
I’ve got very fond memories of the old Rankin and Bass production that HP recently reviewed. I saw it before having read the book, and no doubt it contributed (along with the other Rankin and Bass films, David the Gnome, Eureeka’s Castle, and the like) to the strange brew that fostered my strong and lasting love of fantasy and scifi.
Perhaps needless to say, the songs from the Hobbit cartoon poke me in the nostalgia bone.
The other day I was killing some time with my son, who’s just starting to notice shapes and colors and reach for things with his hands, and I decided to play “The Greatest Adventure” for him. Conveniently, I found a whole playlist of the OST!
And…what’s this? Track 3: Old Fat Spider.
Quite interesting. I don’t know if the Mirkwood scene involving Bilbo’s fight with the spiders was originally slated to run longer, but this song didn’t make it to the final cut.
So if you’re a fan of the animation, check it out. A nice little secret tune.