Before we begin let me acknowledge the fact that the title to this article is probably the worst pun I have come up with and actually posted for other human beings to see. I have not gone back through previous postings but I am fairly certain that I am correct in this assumption. Also, I am sorry.
The works JRR Tolkien have gained renewed popularity in recent years due to the Peter Jackson films (not to mention a Renaissance in geek culture). But once upon a time his works were dismissed as nerd fodder and were the cause of many a wedgie in high school hallways.
Little did the bullies know at the time that many of their favorite musicians were Tolkien fans who wrote many a song that were head-banged at and moshed upon. I have complied a list of my 10 favorites.
Now to be sure this is not a complete list. There are many songs that are known to be Tolkien inspired but do not directly mention Tolkien so I left those out. I only chose songs that directly mention the books or a character, etc. Also I have chosen some rather obscure bands because, well, that’s the way I roll. In addition there seems to be an overwhelming amount of Heavy Metal and Prog Rock, so make of that what you will.
As always the numbering is for organizational purposes and not an indicator of quality.
10. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
Probably the most recognizable song on this list. A classic that gets continued airplay, this is a song that has been jammed out to by pretty much every band that has practiced in a garage. And it might slip by you. It seems like a straight forward hard rock song til suddenly, “Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her.” It makes you go back and see the lyrics in a different light.