How the Timeless Mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien Inspired Progressive Rock Bands of the 1970s

Music writer and vlogger Polyphonic takes a look at how Led Zeppelin and the subsequent progressive rock bands of the 1970s such as Rush and Genesis, incorporated the timeless mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien into the lyrics of their storytelling songs. Polyphonic posits that musicians on the road feel a particular kinship with those from Middle-Earth, as do those who listen to their music.

As we saw with Led Zeppelin, musicians are frequently on the road on a journey or a quest and to some extent we’re all on our own adventures and I think that’s why we love Tolkien and why we love music that draws on him. It helps us feel a part of something bigger and helps us build a soundtrack to our own personal quests.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.