Sheeran wrote this song as a soundtrack for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, on the request of Director Peter Jackson and his co-producer wife Fran Walsh, it was their daughter’s suggestion.
The song has lilting, Celtic-influence to it, in an interview with Jam Music, Sheeran explained how it happened, he said: “The first idea I had for this song was something epic, but it seemed like, when I watched the film, my heart was pumping so much. It’s so intense; I felt I needed a way to ease people out of the theatres. I was allowed complete freedom to create what I thought was fitting for the film, which is very rare, and Peter, Fran and Philippa (Boyens, screenwriter) were always on hand to give notes and pointers. The entire team down in New Zealand was out of this world.” Sheeran watched the movie, wrote the song, and recorded most of it in one day. In an interview with MTV News, he explained trying to get into the mindset to write this song, he said: “I’ve never been a dwarf, but I’ve wrote a song from the perspective of being a dwarf. Peter said, ‘Focus on the last ten minutes. That’s what the song needs to reflect.’ ‘Write a song that takes the audience by the hand and leads them from Middle Earth back into reality.’ So, yeah, I tried to do that.” Director Peter Jackson asked him to focus on the last 10 minutes of the movie.
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Songwriter/s: Ed Sheeran
Label: Water Tower – Decca
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles charts, reached number 36 on the Digital Songs charts and peaked at number 15 on the Hot Rock songs. In the UK, the song reached number 13 on the Official Charts Company and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 600, 000 copies. ‘I See Fire’ topped the charts in New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. it reached the top 10 charts in several countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland. The song was certified Quadruple Platinum in New Zealand and Sweden, Double Platinum in Australia and Canada, and Platinum in Austria, Belgium and Italy. In Denmark, the song was streamed over 10.4 million times and was certified Quadruple Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Edward Christopher Sheeran was 22 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Shawn Mendes – Peter Hollens – Kygo (remix) – Sole Mio – Celtic Women – Axel Rudi Pell – Jasmine Thompson – Haley Klinkhammer – Alice Olivia – Lance Eckensweiler – Peter Hollens – Holly Henry – Joe Moore – Janet Devlin – Tiffany Alvord – Noah Levi (The Voice Kids) – Vidya Vox – Nicole Milik – caleb Hyles – Ahmed Alshaiba (Oud) – Anthony Lee ft. Vinh Nguyen – Michael Schulte – Anaria – Katelyn Read – David Picarra – Pellek (Metal) – Jona Selle (Cello) – The Simpson Brothers – Jonathan Young – Matt Horne, Amelia McNabb & Christian Tjandrawinata – Jun Sung Ahn & Peter – Other Youtubers covered this song.