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Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin was an English rock band active between 1968 and 1980, consisting of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. Many fans believe that lyrics to several Led Zeppelin songs were inspired from Tolkien's works whilst noting that one of Robert Plant's dogs was named Strider.

Songs with alleged Tolkien influence

"Misty Mountain Hop"

The lyrics mention an encounter with the police after getting stoned in the park, and leaving to go to the Misty Mountains ("where the spirits fly").

"Over the Hills and Far Away"

Believed to describe The Hobbit and Bilbo Baggins's discovery of the One Ring.

"The Battle of Evermore"

Mentions the Ringwraiths. It also mentions the "Prince of Peace", a messianic-like figure who could be Frodo or Aragorn, who "embraced the gloom" and "walked the night alone". Also a "Queen of Light" is mentioned, alluding to Galadriel.

"Ramble On"

Mentions Gollum and Mordor,

"Stairway to Heaven" has also been misinterpreted[1] to have Tolkienian references such as the line "There's a feeling I get when I look to the West And my spirit is crying for leaving".

External links


  1. "Exclusions", The Tolkien Music List (accessed 12 October 2012)