It looks as though most of the reviewers who really like this album a lot, have had it or been familiar with it for a long time. Me too. Had it on eight-track about 1973 or 1974 as far as I remember. I love it. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is the best story ever written and that's not open to debate as far as I'm concerned - and this music has the magical quality of being able to transport me to Middle Earth. But then I was a kid in the late hippy era and minds were often modified to accommodate and appreciate this sort of music back in the good ol' days - much as minds have been modified to appreciate that tuneless din they call 'acid house' in more recent years. So it's not as straight forward as just saying: "This album is amazing! Your life won't be complete without it! Go out and buy it right now, or die unhappy and incomplete!!" The plain truth is, you might like it or you might not. If you like Pink Floyd or Emerson, Lake and Palmer or Yes, then you might like this. If you're a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan (the book rather than the Peter Jackson films) - the sort who can close your eyes and let your mind take a trip where it will, you might like this.
If this isn't your cup of tea, then there's another Lord of the Rings album you might try that is nothing at all like this, but it's brilliant. If you're looking for an album of Tolkien's verse, brought to life by music, I recommend you try The Tolkien Ensemble's "At Dawn in Rivendell". They managed to get Christopher Lee to join them. He can sing! They can all sing. It's another one of my favourites.
In any case, Bo Hansson's Lord of the Rings is worth the full 5 *'s in this reviewer's opinion.