Bo Hansson’s Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings (1970)

LOTR Sagan 1970

LOTR Hansson 1972

LOTR Matthews 1977-2

LOTR Matthews 1977

Released in his native Sweden in 1970 as Sagan Om Ringen (“The Saga of the Rings”), Bo Hansson’s Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings first appeared in the U.K. and the U.S. in 1972. It’s generally characterized as “progressive,” but it’s more of an idyllic, psychedelic suite centered around Hansson’s spacious, dreamy organ. It’s something of a masterpiece, in my opinion, and yet another insight into the connection between psychedelia and the budding fantasy genre.

You can hear the original vinyl release here, and the international version is on Spotify (and Amazon). Hansson released a number of other interesting albums, including Music Inspired by Watership Down (1977), which are currently unavailable.

The third LP pictured above shows the 1977 reissue, set to coincide with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings animated films. The cover artist is Rodney Matthews.

(Images via Dream Chimney, Etsy, and

3 Responses to “Bo Hansson’s <em>Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings</em> (1970)”

  1. 1 Fractalbat June 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I love that cover art! I’ll have to give this a listen later.

  2. 2 Fractalbat July 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks to my library, I was able to check out the CD!

    Very hypnotic, and reminds me a lot of the Wizards soundtrack.

    • 3 2W2N July 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Cool! I really wish I could get a hold of the Watership Down album. One of my favorite books, and I love the animated movie too.

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