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Durin's Bane
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Any Zeppelin fans ever noticed how they reffered to Tolkien in their songs?

From Stairway to Heaven

There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.

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Estel Lomëwen
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Yup, I love that! Like "Battle of Evermore" - if you actually listen to the lyrics it reads just like the Battle of Pelennor Fields. And "Misty Mountain Hop"... and "Ramble On" (in the depths of Mordor I met a girl so fair/ but Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her)...

I could have sworn, though, that there was another thread here about this once. I remember posting there. Did it just die the long, drawn-out death of old threads, or what?

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ZoSo 'Ice Cold' Gamgee
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GAH! Led Zeppelin is my favorite band ever (Note the reference to Jimmy Page with "ZoSo"...). Hah, in an interview w/ Sean Astin on Conan O'Brien they started talking about how "All the ending of LotR was given away in Zeppelin songs...", 'twas funny.

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JamesBrennan331
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Yes, i noticed Led Zeppelin's references. Other bands such as The Who and Cream also have refrences. Just shows how cool Tolkien is.
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I bet if you used the Search feature you could find several threads on this []
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I've heard it suggested that "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix refers to the battle at Helm's Deep:

All along the watchtower,
Princes kept their view (Aragorn)
While all the women came and went (Eowyn)
Barefoot servants too. (Pippin)

Outside in the cold and distant lands (Mordor?)
A wild cat did prowl (The Nazgul)
While riders were approaching (The Rohirrim)
The wind began to howl.

[ 01-22-2003, 10:47 PM: Message edited by: Eleanor Gamgee ]

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I might be mistaken, but I believe "All Along the Watchtower" was written by Bob Dylan. It has been performed and recorded by many, but I am fairly certain he wrote it. See here...
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Eleanor Gamgee
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Whoops. My mistake. You're right, that song was covered by a lot of bands (I got my lyrics from the cover by Dave Matthews Band), but I thought Jimi Hendrix wrote it first.
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Dylan definately wrote it, although i like the Hendrix version the best by far.
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led zeppelin is definatly the coolest band ever... Robert PLant was hot... and they like tolkien! what is there not to love
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There are many cool things you can learn from listening to Led Zeppelin
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Led Zeppelin and Balck Sabbath are the all time rock band ever!

What about Blind Guardian and Summoning??
Are they worth of listening??

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Whoa! I never ever realized that there were Tolkien references in All Along the Watchtower! *smacks self in head* How silly of me! And yes, Led Zeppelin is the single greatest band in the history of the Universe. Yep.

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I love Led Zeppelin!!!!!!!
I've been listening to them all of my life. My three favorite songs are Battle of evermore, Ramble on, and (of course) Stairway to Heaven.
I am starting a band. We're going to play lots of Zeppelin!!!!! I'm looking forward to singing Plant's lirics too!!
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Daefindel
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I am not sure about this but I think that Trex has also some references.
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What is Trex?
I had no idea so many people like Led Zeppelin! I have been listening to them since I was born, b/c my dad loved them too. My favorite songs are "Ramble On", "That's The Way", "D'yer Mak'er", "Thank You" and "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp".

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You can definitely hear the word "Ringwraiths" in the Battle of Evermore. First time this happened, I went into shock for days.

Led Zepellin rocks.

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T-Rex is a 70's Rock band, I remember to have read that they were using elements of Tolkiens books in their lyrics. Unfortunately I know only one song of them which is called children of the revolution, but this one has defenitely nothing to do with Tolkien.

If you want more info use the link below!
http://www.yesterdayland.com/popopedia/shows/music/mu1229.php

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What did they said about him ? I've never heard these songs .
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What did they said about him ? I've never heard these songs .
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My only source is a web- page I found, and I am still trying to find it again. I will post the link as soon as possible
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I might be mistaken, but I believe "All Along the Watchtower" was written by Bob Dylan. It has been performed and recorded by many, but I am fairly certain he wrote it. See here...
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT do you like bob dylan? most of my freinds say "he can't sing"

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I adore Bob Dylan! Do you like him? The majority of my friends say that he can't sing too though.

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*loves Dylan too*

And he can't sing. Sorry, my trained classical soprano self is speaking here. But honestly, he can't. Do you hear how miserbly off pitch he is in "Hey Mr. Tamborine Man", or basically any of his songs, for that matter?

But that's not the point - his terrible voice actually adds to his songs, in my opinion.

His great talent is in songwriting - he's a ~brilliant poet, and that is where the power of his songs lie.

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Do you hear how miserbly off pitch he is in "Hey Mr. Tamborine Man", or basically any of his songs, for that matter?
I hear it, loud and clear. Well, not so clear really. But as you said, his power is in his words. The best show I ever went to was when I saw him at the Puyallup Fair a few years back. It was amazing. And his songs are ever relevant.
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