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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ramble On/Led Zeppelin

J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings is said to have influenced a number of Led Zeppelin songs, including The Battle Of Evermore, Misty Mountain Hop, and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. The references are most specific in this song from the band's 1969 album Led Zeppelin II, particularly in the lines: Twas 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. Those familiar with Tolkien's emphatically male-oriented world may well wonder: Who's the girl? Some speculate that it's a reference to the Ring of Power carried by Tolkien's hero, Frodo Baggins.

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