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J.R.R. Tolkien’s influence is almost immeasurable, but from his influence on fantasy and science fiction all the way to his impact on storytelling as a whole, the lasting impressions made by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is almost always restricted to literature. Thing is, it’s so much bigger than that.

Beyond the movies, which have all blown up at the box office, Tolkien’s influence on music reaches far beyond the walls of the Shire.

Long story short: musicians fucking love The Silmarillion.

On this week’s This Exists, we explore that connection, starting with the Led Zeppelins and Leonard Nimoys before delving deeper into hip-hop and Satanic black metal’s roots in Middle Earth.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in theatres December 11th. Why not watch this to craft the perfect soundtrack for your midnight screening’s queue?

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