I liked the version of “Far over the misty mountains cold” from the first Hobbit movie.
The poem with words is from the novel, and there is one version from the older 1977 movie — but there is a “better” version in the recent Hobbit movie (first featured in the trailer of the first movie).
I have heard this song from the soundtrack a few times.
However, while once searching for it, I stumbled across another version of this song.
This was how I discovered Clamavis de Profundis, a group that likes to sing these choral arrangements together (!)
As their video description on Youtube shows, this is a (surely fun!) family affair:
My brother composed and arranged the song. My family and I sang it. One of my brothers drew the beginning cover art.
Following a positive reception to this cover, they’ve recorded other songs from Tolkien’s works, which I realized when I stumbled across “The song of Durin”.
Their version of this, the music they have set these words to, is very well done, and “fits very well”.
This isn’t originally from “The Hobbit” (it’s something Gimli recites within “The lord of the rings”), but thematically fits better with the former.
(They have in turn inspired yet other covers)
Given the amount of lyrical verse in Tolkien’s works, there is surely more to come here 🙂