Led Zeppelin and Lord of The Rings – Rockers and Tolkien Fans

by Dec 19, 2003Critical Viewpoints

I’m sure many of you have noticed that some of Led Zeppelin’s songs have LOTR references. With such lines as “Gollum, the evil one” and “The Ringwraiths ride in black” its hard to deny that at least some of their songs were LOTR inspried.

But which ones? Many people point at Stairway To Heaven. With its references to “looking to the west” and such it seems a likely choice. However the band has denied any connection between Stairway to Heaven and LOTR.

Obviously the song “Ramble On” is very much LOTR inspired. With a little imagination its not hard to interpret it as Frodo’s journey to Mordor. “Leaves are falling all around, its time I was on my way. But still I’m much obliged, such a pleasent stay” this seems to refer to Lothlorien. It doesn’t take much to see that this is very much a LOTR song.

The Battle of Evermore is clearly a LOTR song. It includes references to the Nazgul among other things. Many believe this song to be about the battle of the Pelennor Fields.

Next on our list of possible Zeppelin LOTR songs is an obvious choice: Misty Mountain Hop. The very name seems to scream out Middle Earth. However upon closer examination, it seems that this song is most definately not about LOTR. Its rather about hippies, the 60’s ect.

What else is there? Over the Hills and Far Away. The meaning of this song is rather unclear as to its meaning. However it can be interpreted as Sam speaking of travel and adventure. However, it’s up to the reader to decide what they think of this one.

An interesting note is which of the band members were Tolkien fans. We know for a fact that Robert Plant was, he not only wrote the lyrics but named his dog Strider. Many people assume that Jimmy Page was as well. And with his interest in magic and mythology its not too hard to believe that. There is, however, no evidence that the other two members of the band were Tolkien fans.

So there you have it. I hope that I have been informative and not too long winded. For more information about Led Zeppelin I recommend www.led-zeppelin.com–there you can read the lyrics and judge for yourself whether they were inspired by Middle Earth or not.


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