Tuesday, November 18

So I was just thinking about this in the shower, and it came to me that the real connection between J.R.R. Tolkien and Led Zeppelin is not half a dozen lyrical references and thematic appropriations.1 It is that, in the end, each created a massively popular set of cultural artifacts, exerting enormous influence on entire generations of cultural producers — and that, to date, the bulk of their obvious impact on subsequent art has been pernicious.

1 Regardless of whether you think that "The Battle of Evermore" is a fine and fitting evocation of certain narrative moments, or an annoying piece of twee dorkitude.