The Led Zeppelin and JRR Tolkien Home Page

This page was written by Scott Selisker. I hope you enjoy it! 
The published works of Led Zeppelin date to 1969, and Tolkien's date back to 1937. Led Zeppelin was a very successful rock group throughout the 1970's, and JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most popular  fantasies ever. So one may ask what connects these two elites. The answer is simple- Led Zeppelin's Lyrics. 
The figure in the above picture,"The Hermit," is a card from the Rider-Wait Tarot Deck(thanks Zerxes). I believe that the band may have seen similarities between the card and Gandalf from the Tolkien trilogy. He is pictured looking down on Bag End, making sure that Frodo is safe from Dark forces. There are many direct and indirect references to Tolkien's works in Plant's lyrics, in a variety of songs. The songs with direct references are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Battle of Evermore," "Ramble On" and others. In the following pages, I will explain these references, along with direct quotes from the novels and songs. Let the journey begin. 
Song Analyses
Misty Mountain Hop
Over the Hills and Far Away
The Battle of Evermore
Ramble On
A Look at Other Indicators, Like Dogs
BTW, Stairway to Heaven is not Tolkien-Related 
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Thanks must go to Tom Flannery, Zerxes Bhagalia, Julie Quets, Hairfoot, and Matt Faulhaber. At this point, I'm pretty much finished writing this page, though if there is enough demand, I will address which songs are not Tolkien related, such as Stairway to Heaven, The Rain Song, Kashmir, and others. 

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