Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

The Battle Of Evermore

The Led Zeppelin song “The Battle Of Evermore” is a tale of good vs. evil. The song has many references Lead singer Robert Plant chants about a epic battle between mortals as they seek help from the angels and demons above. This song uses spiritual references from the English heritage to develop a similar war as the “Trojan War”, like the Greeks the soldiers in the battle are blessed with the help of the powers above and a guided through this epic battle.

The song is influenced of course by John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” a war of good vs. evil, but the main reference seems to be JR Tolkien. The quote within the lyrics “The drums will shake the castle wall, the ring wraiths ride in black” this is given proof of JR Tolkien’s creation of the evil ring wraiths from the Lord of the Rings novels are playing as the evil spirits and demons within this song. “The magic runes are writ in gold, to bring the balance back bring it back” Frodo the young hobbit  carrying the golden ring must destroy it to bring back the “balance” meaning peace in Middle Earth. “Queen of Light took her bow, and then she turned to go” Queen of Light is the bride of Christ on her way to the wedding in heaven after the exaltation. “The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone” this must be Jesus Christ the “Price of Peace” he drank the cup  having died once for the sins of us all. In his returned as the son of man, Jesus is presented as a thief in the night in search of his bride the “Queen of Light”. Overall when listen to this song we understand Led Zeppelin wanted to create a battle within JR Tolkien’s Middle Earth that also using the references from the Christian religion.

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2 responses

  1. It’s really fascinating how you’ve connected this song to both the Bible and JR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The “Queen of Light” character is throwing me off a bit, but interesting take on the significance of the lyrics none the less.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:07 am

  2. deesdetfc

    I wouldn’t say this song is influenced by Milton’s Paradise Lost. A battle of good and evil comes from many such areas and forms of media. To me it seems more of a combination of Biblical influences with Lord of the Rings. Queen of Light could be Galadriel. Zep certainly had interests in Biblical references, the most obvious example being Stairway to Heaven.

    May 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm

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