Top 10 Best Tolkien Inspired Songs

Many musicians have been influenced by the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Especially rock groups like Led Zeppelin and Blind Guardian. And we're ranking the best songs inspired by the father of modern fantasy.

The Top Ten

1 Nightfall - Blind Guardian Nightfall - Blind Guardian

The most beautiful song on this list. You just can't beat that.
Incredible music, vocals and lyrics: "Nightfall quietly crept in and changed us all".
The song is based on The Silmarillion and is about Fëanor and his seven sons who mourn the destruction caused by Morgoth, including the slaying of Finwë, Fëanor's father. Fëanor and his sons swear to get revenge on him. - Metal_Treasure

2 Lord of the Rings - Blind Guardian Lord of the Rings - Blind Guardian

Yes, this is an awesome song released in 1990, way before the popularity created by the movie industry.
The song has several versions and I like the most a live version - from Tokyo Tales live album.
Plus all 22 songs from their concept album Nightfall in Middle-Earth, based on Tolkien's The Silmarillion. Morgoth, Feanor, Noldor, etc. - they are all portrayed in this album. The album cover art features Lúthien dancing in front of Morgoth. - Metal_Treasure

3 Majesty - Blind Guardian

A speed metal masterpiece inspired by the Lord of the Rings. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Thorn - Blind Guardian Thorn - Blind Guardian

Probably my favorite song on this album - it's so emotional and dark. Mindblowing vocals by Hansi.
The song is about Maeglin who decides to betray Gondolin (The Silmarillion). - Metal_Treasure

5 Mirror Mirror - Blind Guardian

The Silmarillion. The song is about Turgon who builds the city of Gondolin, aided by Ulmo ("The Lord of Water"). - Metal_Treasure

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6 The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
7 Into the Storm - Blind Guardian Into the Storm - Blind Guardian

One of the heaviest and most intense songs on this album and my favorite.
The song is about Morgoth and Ungoliant who fight for the possession of the Silmarils (The Silmarillion). - Metal_Treasure

8 Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider - Camel UListen to Sample
9 The Wizard - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
10 The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian

Probably the heaviest song on this album and again, my favorite.
Based on The Silmarillion. The song is about Fëanor and his anger. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Seize the Day - Demons & Wizards

It's based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. - Metal_Treasure

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12 Stagnation - Genesis UListen to Sample
13 Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) - Blind Guardian Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) - Blind Guardian

The most epic song on the album.
Based on The Silmarillion. The song is about Fingolfin riding to the gates of Angband to challenge Morgoth to a duel. Fingolfin wounds Morgoth seven times but is eventually killed. - Metal_Treasure

14 Rivendell - Rush UListen to Sample
15 The Wizard - Uriah Heep The Wizard - Uriah Heep

No surprise, Blind Guardian covered this song. Great cover. - Metal_Treasure

16 The Gnome - Pink Floyd The Gnome - Pink Floyd
17 The Necromancer - Rush UListen to Sample
18 Ramble On - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
19 The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins - Leonard Nimoy UListen to Sample
20 Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) - Blind Guardian Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) - Blind Guardian

Based on The Silmarillion. The song is about the Noldor's fate - a story told by Fingolfin.
Beautiful song, great vocals. - Metal_Treasure

21 The Eldar - Blind Guardian The Eldar - Blind Guardian

Based on The Silmarillion.
Vocals on this ballad are outta this world. - Metal_Treasure

22 Blood Tears - Blind Guardian Blood Tears - Blind Guardian

Great melody and vocals The song is about Maedhros from The Silmarillion. - Metal_Treasure

23 When Sorrow Sang - Blind Guardian When Sorrow Sang - Blind Guardian

This song is about Beren and his love to the Elven princess Lúthien (from The Silmarillion). - Metal_Treasure

24 A Dark Passage - Blind Guardian A Dark Passage - Blind Guardian

It's about Morgoth from The Silmarillion. Vocals, especially after 5:00 are amazing. - Metal_Treasure

25 Battle of Sudden Flame - Blind Guardian Battle of Sudden Flame - Blind Guardian

It's only 44 seconds long but it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. - Metal_Treasure

26 Elvenpath - Nightwish UListen to Sample
27 Lunar Lament - Demons & Wizards

It is about the Maia Tilion from The Silmarillion who travels across the sky driving the Moon Ship and Arien (the woman he loves), who drives the Sun Ship. When Tilion approaches, her fire hurts him. - Metal_Treasure

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28 The Wizard - Blind Guardian The Wizard - Blind Guardian

A very pleasant Uriah Heep cover.
Also, Hansi named his 2nd band after the Uriah Heep album - Demons And Wizards. - Metal_Treasure

29 Destroy the Orcs - 3 Inches of Blood UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. Nightfall - Blind Guardian
2. Majesty - Blind Guardian
3. Thorn - Blind Guardian
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