I have a sudden and unexplained fixation on this most excellent song by Led Zeppelin. It’s one of those songs that you go crazy about one day, listen to continuously for about a week, grow bored of, forget about, then one day it pops into your head and the cycle continues.
It is most likely that Ramble On is mainly about Frodo’s stay in Rivendell, while the Council of Elrond decided what was to be done with the Ring. Frodo enjoys his stay very much, but knows through this time that he has a very somber task ahead of him, and he must indeed “ramble on”. It is equally possible that the song is about Frodo’s stay in Lothlorien, where the full moon cycled a full time, and it would have “lit his way”. The majority of the relation in the first two verses is self-explanatory, so I won’t go into all of that. The major question I have about the first two verses is the identity of the “Queen of all his dreams”, and how he has been “this way ten years to the day”. These are the only two lines that don’t literally fit, and they actually could point to Homer’s Odyssey, the subject of another Led Zeppelin song.
The third verse is probably the most interesting part of the song. The mention of Gollum, from the Tolkien Trilogy, makes this song’s relation to Tolkien the most widely known. However, the lyrics involving Gollum are quite puzzling. Who is the “girl so fair”? My first guess was the Ring, but Frodo was a long way from Mordor when he met that girl. It is possible that the girl is Shelob is the said girl, but Shelob(a giant spider) is definitely not “fair”.
Ah, the wonders of insanity.
Well, that’s an extremely interesting view of me… I don’t really believe in this stuff, simply because I believe that these “overviews” on anything non objective is built to be extremely generalized and thus applicable to pretty much every Tom, Darryl and Harry. While logical thinking definitely agrees with me, I still find it interesting to read… and interesting to know that no matter how generalized it is, that they can somehow include at least one thing that is common to everyone who reads it… thus providing a smidgen of credibility.
So what’s Kabalarian got to do with it?