Jethro Tull, RökFlöte and The Hanged God Trilogy

Jethro Tull is a band that have been longer than I have, and they’re still going strong. After taking two-decade hiatus during the first part of this century, they returned last year with The Zealot Gene, which is a truly excellent album.

They have recently announced that their next album, RökFlöte, will be released in April this year.

Ian Anderson and the band are returning with a 12-track record based on the characters and roles of some of the principle gods of the old Norse paganism, and at the same time exploring the ‘RökFlöte’ – rock flute – which Jethro Tull has made iconic.

They have also released the first single from the album, Ginnungagap, which is inspired by the god Ymir, a primeval being thqt lived in the grassless void of Ginnungagap.

The video is superb, both visually and musically, and it reminded me that I haven’t talked nearly enough about The Hanged God trilogy by Thilde Kold Holdt. These are fantasy novels, but so well grounded in Norse culture and mythology that they have a solidity that really brings home the events described.

And what events they are. This trilogy tells a truly epic tale that follows multiple characters as they head towards the inevitability of Ragnarok. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

4 thoughts on “Jethro Tull, RökFlöte and The Hanged God Trilogy

  1. Good to hear that Ian A. still has plenty of flute breath left. The trilogy sounds good. Might give it a go. Haven’t trilogized since The Live Ships Traders.


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