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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Never Laugh at Live Dragons

J.R.R. Tolkien's tales of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, and Kings has touched the imaginations of readers across generations. For today's Tuesday Tunes, I wanted to share three (of many) songs that were inspired by the books.
Led Zeppelin is probably the most famous group to pay homage to the stories through song with "The Battle of Evermore", "Misty Mountain Hop," and - one of my favorites - "Ramble On."
Take a look at this video that someone cobbled together with scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

"Ramble On" by Led Zep
Uploaded by Steelydan. - Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.
A bit less mainstream is progressive acoustic band Nickel Creek's lively celtic/bluegrass-inspired "The House of Tom Bombadil" named for the colorful character in the The Fellowship of the Ring.
Yet another enterprising internet video editor used this song to showcase a slideshow of photos of Hobbit-inspired homes. Take a look:

And, of course, we can't forget Leonard Nimoy's early attempt to put some distance between himself and his Spock character by crooning this catchy little tribute to the diminutive, reluctant adventurer Bilbo Baggins in the novel that started it all, The Hobbit.
(There are color versions of this video available on-line, but this one had the best audio.)

Happy Tuesday, and remember: "Not all those who wander are lost."

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