Christmas has come early for Ed Sheeran fans who have been clamoring for new music from their hero. Today (Nov. 5), the British singer-songwriter released a brand-new song written for the upcoming Peter Jackson movie 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' The track, called 'I See Fire,' will be heard over the film's end credits. It is his first new solo music in more than two years. Ed excitedly announced the news in a series of tweets, making sure to thank the Oscar-winning director for allowing him to participate in the project, the second movie in the 'Hobbit' trilogy.


The talented musician also shared the news that not only produced the track, he played every single instrument on it (except for the cello). He even learned to play the violin for it -- kinda!

Ed adds that 'I See Fire' will not appear on the long-awaited follow-up to his 2011 smash debut, '+' -- but promises fans that next year will bring a new album and related "fun":

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' hits theaters Dec. 13. 'I See Fire' appears on the film's soundtrack and is available now at iTunes.

Check out the video below of Ed recording the song, posted by the 'Lord of the Rings' producer Peter Jackson.