The 10 Wildest Led Zeppelin Legends, Fact-Checked

The mud shark, the hermit and the stairway to hell – we fact-check the rumors

The Old Hermit in the 'Led Zeppelin IV' Gatefold Is a Character From 'The Lord of the Rings'

Led Zeppelin; the hermit
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THE BACKSTORY: It's no secret that Led Zeppelin loved The Lord of the Rings. They even sing about "Mordor" and "Gollum" in 1969's "Ramble On." So when a mysterious cloaked figure with a lantern who seemed to be straight out of Middle-Earth appeared on the inside cover of their fourth album, many fans assumed it was a figure from J.R.R. Tolkien's books.

THE TRUTH: "The hermit" was merely inspired by a figure from a Tarot card. Page played the role of the Hermit during a fantasy sequence in Zeppelin's 1976 movie, The Song Remains the Same.

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