The Lord of the Rings – References in Rock Songs

I am curious if any LOTR fans picked up these references to the Lord Of The Rings in some popular Rock Songs: (1) Rush’s 1975 album "Fly By Night’ contains a song called "Rivendell" which plainly speaks of this elven city, (2) Rush’s following 1976 album "Caress of Steel" contains a song called "The Necromancer" which is how Gandalf refers to the Dark Lord Sauron in the LOTR prequel "The Hobbit", (3) Led Zeppelin’s second album of 1969 titled "Led Zeppelin II" contains a song called "Ramble On" which has the following verse "…years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air. T’was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her.", (4) Styx has a song called "Lords of the Ring" on their Pieces of Eight album (1978) which is a likely reference to the tomes, (5) I also wonder if the song "Misty Mountain Hop" from Led Zeppelin’s 1971 album Four Symbols/Led Zeppelin IV has anything to do with the Misty Mountains of North-East Middle Earth, (6) and most certainly "The Battle of Evermore" from the same album is an actual allegory from the "Battle of the Pelennor Fields" in The Return of the King, (7) and Led Zeppelin’s later 1973 album "Houses of the Holy" contains a song "Over the Hills and Far Away" which could easily refer to "The Hobbit", (8) Genesis’ 1970 album "Trespass" has a song called "Stagnation" which seemingly refers to Gollum’s plight in such verses as "And I will wait for ever, beside the silent mirror. And fish for bitter minnows amongst the weeds and slimy water." and "To take all the dust and the dirt from my throat, To wash out the filth that is deep in my guts.". Tolkien rules!!
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9 Responses to The Lord of the Rings – References in Rock Songs

  1. Unknown says:

    http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/References_to_The_Lord_of_the_RingsHope this helps your search. It was the most extensive list I’ve been able to find.

  2. “Ramble On” is definitely my favorite song.

  3. Nibennon Aphaderuion says:

    not exactly rock, but the whole of battlelore’s discography is based on lotr, so is a lot of blind guardians songs (They wrote a whole album about the silmarilion, and songs like “the lord of the rings”, “Time stand still (At the Iron Hill)”, “Journey Through the Dark” and thats just the top of the ice berg

  4. theantart says:

    Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider by Camel is also about LOTR

  5. Hannah says:

    The song Misty Mountain Hop does refer to the Misty Mountains in Middle Earth. The song is (somewhat) about Bilbo and his encounter with the dwarves. (They asked us to stay for tea and have some fun, Oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.) They just sort of burst in on him and his little Hobbit hole and Bilbo eventually gives in and decides to go with the to the Misty Mountains to find the treasure that the dragon had stolen. (So I’ve decided what I’m gonna do now./ So I’m packing my bags for the Misty Mountains /Where the spirits go now, /Over the hills where the spirits fly, ooh.) Although that is entirely my opinion.

  6. Paul says:

    Some people argue that Zeppelin’s No Quarter is about the journey through the mines of Moria.
    Also, The Wizard by Black Sabbath is about Gandalf

  7. Mike Dale says:

    Never forget Bo Hansson’s Lord of the Rings from 1970

  8. Sindri Snær says:

    Elven path – Nightwish :D

  9. What a great compilation of info on The Lord of the Rings references in rock songs, E-RazorHead.
    Most Impressive!

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