Pop Music Influence On Pop Culture

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Taking the Hobbits to Mainstream: The Lord of the Rings, Music, and Popular Culture Since its publication in 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings has embedded itself in popular culture. From influencing other fantasy works to being referred to in television, there is no doubt that The Lord of the Rings is here to stay. The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-known book series of all time, which is reflected by the impact it has had on pop culture. Among the areas of popular culture that had influence from The Lord of the Rings is music. Many different rock bands such as Rush and Led Zeppelin used themes and allusions from The Lord of the Rings in their songs. However, it was not only rock music that was influenced by Tolkien’s work. Folk music and even rap music today include associations to the trilogy. By discussing Led Zeppelin’s song “The Battle of Evermore”, Sally Oldfield’s series of songs entitled “Songs of the Quendi”, and Vision’s “5 AM in Toronto (Freestyle), this paper will show the ways in which The Lord of the Rings has influenced music across generations and genres, as well as its larger pop culture influence throughout the years using music as a jumping-off point. Led Zeppelin is arguably the best-known rock band that alludes to and draws inspiration from The Lord of the Rings. One of these songs is “The Battle of Evermore” from their untitled album, also known as Led Zeppelin IV. In its lyrics, “The Battle of Evermore” alludes to both
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