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Whats the connection between zeppelin and LOTR

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by ryan_x, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. ryan_x

    ryan_x Stunt Coordinator

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    Ive noticed that a number of Led Zeppelin posters have a Gandalph looking character on them and today I was listening to ramble on and I swear Plant said something about Mordor...whats the deal?
     
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    As a side note, I've always thought of TLotR when I listen to Yes.
     
  3. Jagan Seshadri

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    "Ramble On" sings about Mordor and Gollum.
    "The Battle of Evermore" sings about Ringwraiths riding in black.
    I don't know why Led Zeppelin made all of these LOTR references but they certainly are there. I never noticed these references until I saw the LOTR movie. Never read the books (gasp) - I was allergic to thick fantasy books growing up [​IMG]
    -JNS
     
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    I never noticed the connection until I saw Almost Famous: Untitled! :b
     
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    Let's not forget "Misty Mountain Hop".
    It just seems that Robert Plant was/is a fan of Tolkien's work and was influenced by it in writing lyrics for Zep tunes.
    If you really want to dig in to these references, you need to check out ledtolkien.com.
    -Steve
     
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    I think there is some more in No Quarter: "in the darkest depths of Mordor" ...

    I heard once the Robert Plant was a big Tolkien fan.
     
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    Just as a side note, Rush has a song called Rivendell. I believe it is on their Fly By Night album. So Neil Peart must be a Tolkein fan as well.
     
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    In the late 60's, reading Tolkien was really in vogue. Songs from that era that make reference to Tolkein are not by any mean rare (including Zeppelin). After all, they did contain some of the best prose ever.
     
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    That Rush song happens to be the only in their entire recorded output that I dislike- even though I'm a huge, huge fan of both Tolkien and Rush.
    Connection between Zeppelin and Rings? Just watch The Song Remains the Same, where Plant is traveling the realms of Middle Earth with a sword.[​IMG]
     
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    I heard that if you play Dark Side of the Moon while watching the Lord of the Rings movie....oh never mind. [​IMG]
    Edit: Oops...that is Pink Floyd. I never could get those damn two bands straight. [​IMG] Okay, well, I hear that if you play Led Zeppelin 4 while watching the Lord of the Rings movie...
     
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    It was Dark Side and the Wizard of Oz I think... [​IMG]
     
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    don't know how it is now with today's youth, probably more prevalent now that the movie has been out, but in the 60's and 70's, it was almost a ritual of youth for teen males to become hopelessly infatuated with the lord of the rings books. maybe much the same way you have computer geeks today. so its not too surprising to have zep, who were known to have some interest in the black arts and mythology, to also write songs that referenced the lord of the rings.
     

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