As soon as I heard that the same people that gave us The Lord of the Rings films would be filming The Hobbit I started to think about the music... Written for the younger reader, J.R.R. Tolkien filled it's pages with poems and songs, some whimsical and some quite dramatic, about Hobbits, dwarves, elves and even spiders. However, since the days of the Hollywood-musical are about over, I wondered if Peter Jackson's team (including Howard Shore) would use very many of Tolkien's poems in their score for The Hobbit films. These thoughts propelled me to write my own version, a Tolkien-inspired score that would be a retelling of The Hobbit through story and song. The listener will hear musical themes for four races of Middle-earth: Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Man. The music for Hobbits is folksy and welcoming in "There Lived A Hobbit" and "Roads Go Ever Ever On", and a little edgy in "Riddles In The Dark" and "Old Attercop" when Bilbo is confronted with Gollum and Spiders! The music for Dwarves is raucous in "Mind The Plates!" (listen for when they break into Khudzûl) and somber and ancient in "Far O'er The Misty Mountains" and "The Arkenstone". Music for the Elves varies; the Elves of Rivendell are playful and teasing in "A! Man Nale Cerith?", the Wood Elves of Mirkwood are more serious and sing a sailor-type work song as they toss barrels (and hidden dwarves) into the river in "Rinniand Cin Min Ist", and Galadriel sadly foretells Smaug's attack, his death and eventual war in "Yomenio Fanyar". I translated my Elvish songs into Sindar and Quenya Elvish. And the music for Man sounds traditional in "Lake-town" and "The King Beneath The Mountains". The title of this CD is taken from the first sentence in The Hobbit. As Professor Tolkien explained, while grading exam papers he came across a blank paper: '... and I wrote on it: 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit'." Whereas my "The Lord of the Rings - A Choral Symphony" ©2009 CD was mainly the adventures of Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, "There Lived a Hobbit" focuses on the adventures of Frodo's older cousin (and finder and bestower of The Ring), Bilbo Baggins. I again used the Katy Chamber Chorus (comprised of some of my advanced voice students and friends with the Houston Symphony Chorus) and thank them for their marvelous input. Alice Valantine Beckstrom.