Led Zeppelin are inveterate borrowers. (Don’t believe me? Just check out the excellent first episode of Everything is a Remix, which has a side-by-side comparison of some of Zeppelin’s biggest hits.) But as famous as they are for knocking off the blues (I say this with love), they’re also pretty well known for their love of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
References to Tolkien’s fiction show up in lots of Zeppelin’s songs — “Misty Mountain Hop,” “The Battle of Evermore,” “No Quarter,” and, perhaps most famously, “Ramble On.”
Mine’s a tale that can’t be told, my freedom I hold dear.
How 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 . . .
Makes all that Wizard Rock Harry Potter fans make seem a little more credible, doesn’t it? Although Wizard Rock is another post for another day.
And if you love both LotR and Zeppelin, here’s a delightful video for the song that someone cut together out of footage from the movies. Enjoy.