Awe-Inspiring Music Based on Classic Fantasy Stories

Game of Thrones is back this week, and we’re celebrating its return by raising our pitchers of mead and embarking on a week-long feast of all things fantastic (which we mean, of course, in the traditional/geeky sense of “related to the fantasy genre”). Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper party without some music for the bards to play, so we’re commencing the week with a bumper selection of songs and albums inspired by classic fantasy stories. Join us as we put on our robe and wizard hat and set out on an epic quest to create the ultimate sword-and-sorcery playlist!

Led Zeppelin — “Ramble On”

The classic, for all that J.R.R. Tolkien himself apparently hated it. Plant’s lyric makes several references the events of The Lord of the Rings, although he adapted them from a quest to destroy the One Ring to the rather more rock ‘n’ roll quest to get laid: “On the darkest steps of Mordor, I met a girl so fair/ But Gollum and the Evil One crept up and slipped away with her.” Aw, Robert. We’re sure that there were plenty more girls where she came from.