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“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold…”

You know you’re a cool rock band when your lyrics quote The Lord of the Rings.

You know you’re an even cooler rock band when you quote The Lord of the Rings often. And that’s why Led Zeppelin might be the coolest rock band ever.

Just take a look at a few of these song lyrics.

One small sample verse from “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, her, her….yeah.


“The Battle of Evermore” is clearly about Lord of the Rings.

Queen of Light took her bow, And then she turned to go,
The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom, And walked the night alone.

Oh, dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.

The dark Lord rides in force tonight, And time will tell us all.


Even “The Stairway to Heaven” has a few LOTR references:

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,

And my spirit is crying for leaving.

In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,

And the voices of those who stand looking.


Zeppelin also had songs like “The Misty Mountain Hop,” which obviously reference LOTR in the title but not so much in the lyrics.

In all, you know you can trust a band to make good music when they reference LOTR this much. Led Zeppelin was, and still is, one of the best.

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. teresa #

    Didn’t know that! Very cool.


    June 26, 2014
  2. Can’t beat a bit of Led Zeppelin, but it has to be played loud!


    June 26, 2014
  3. This makes me want to reread LOTR. It’s been far too long.


    June 26, 2014
  4. Denise #

    Right on! I don’t think I’ve looked closely at Led Zeppelin’s lyrics to notice the direct references but their sound is certainly fantastic, as in Middle Earth fantastic.


    June 26, 2014
  5. Robert, I hate to tell you this, but Stairway To Heaven can’t be referencing something as classic as LOTR. They were trying to lead us all astray with their brand of Devil Music. I know. I grew up in the 80’s.


    June 26, 2014
    • Maybe, Larry – but if you had grown up in the ’60’s, like me, you would know better!

      Thanks, Robert – great post!


      June 26, 2014
  6. Strange, just today I’m wearing my Led Zeppelin Shirt. oO
    Very cool facts, though I don’t have a liking for LOTR.


    June 26, 2014
  7. Oui, parfaitement bien


    June 27, 2014
  8. I’ve watched the Kennedy Center award ceremony for Led Zepplin a few times, with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart singing Stairway to Heaven. It’s a great rendition of the song but also, fascinating, to see Robert Plant observe the performance. I wonder how it must’ve felt for him (and Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones) after all this time, remembering their heyday, when they were on stage performing the song. Plant’s eyes tear up. Anyway, I’ve been listening to Zepplin songs since and just this week caught the Gollum reference in Ramble On and thought, oh my gosh, it’s LOTR! So awesome then to read this blog post. Loved it. (I, too, grew up in the 1960s.)


    June 27, 2014
  9. Reblogged this on LAnthony and commented:
    A great pairing LOTR and Zeppelin


    June 28, 2014
  10. No WAY! I can’t believe this, it’s so awesome. Thanks for sharing. I might have to check out some Led Zeppelin now.


    June 30, 2014
  11. Totally love how these were in there. LOTR has some of the best quotes and Led Zeppelin’s music is just the best thing in the world but TOGETHER IS JUST MIND BLOWING!!!! Love it! Wish I found this sooner.


    July 1, 2014
  12. I am a huge Zeppelin fan and so is the main character of my latest book. I really like your blog and your writings on Hemingway, who i also adore.


    July 4, 2014
  13. Ça, je le crois … you too Robert


    July 14, 2014

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