Top 5 Tolkien Metal Bands

Hi there!

If you never knew, you’ll be surprised to know that Tolkien had quite an impact on the metal music genre, whether he liked the genre or not. I doubt he ever expected this to happen though. While this is not my go-to genre, it is a favourite for my girlfriend and thanks to her, I’ve discovered so many phenomenal groups and know where my limits are (e.g. overfocus on growling and you’ve lost me) with this genre. 😉

Today, I wanted to do something different and share a top five Tolkien metal bands and showcase one of their songs for you to listen to, if curious enough. 😉 To make things even simpler, I had the help of ChatGPT to identify these groups and the following descriptions are straight from its mouth. What would we do without an AI to assist us, huh? 😀

Blind Guardian.

Blind Guardian is a German power metal band that has been heavily influenced by Tolkien’s works. They are known for their symphonic and melodic approach to metal, and their lyrics often draw from Tolkien’s mythology, as well as other fantasy and mythological themes.


Battlelore is a Finnish symphonic folk metal band whose lyrics are almost exclusively inspired by Tolkien’s Middle-earth. They use elements of symphonic and folk music in their sound, and their lyrics often narrate stories from Tolkien’s books.


Summoning is an Austrian black metal band known for their atmospheric and epic soundscapes inspired by Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Their music incorporates elements of ambient, folk, and black metal, and their lyrics often feature themes and references from Tolkien’s books.

Ered Wethrin.

Ered Wethrin is an American black metal band that draws heavily from Tolkien’s lore. Their music is characterized by its raw and aggressive sound, with lyrics that delve into the darker and more atmospheric aspects of Tolkien’s mythology.


Moonsorrow, a Finnish pagan metal band, has also been lauded for their Tolkien-inspired music. They combine elements of black metal, folk metal, and progressive metal, and their lyrics often draw from Tolkien’s works, along with other mythological and historical themes.

Honorable mentions
  • Ruinthrone
  • Isengard
  • Rivendell
  • Morgoth
  • Gandalf
  • Black Sabbath (for their song titled The Wizard)
  • Rush (for their songs Rivendell or The Necromancer)
  • Led Zeppelin (for their songs titled Misty Mountain Hop, The Battle of Evermore, Ramble On)
  • Megadeath (for their song titled This Day We Fight)
  • Sabaton (for their song titled Shadows)
  • Cirith Ungol (just for their band name)
  • Cirith Gorgor (just for their band name)
  • Burzum (just for their band name)
  • Amon Amarth (just for their band name)
  • Gorgoroth (just for their band name)

Have you heard of these songs?
Do you listen to metal?
What did you think of these songs?



42 thoughts on “Top 5 Tolkien Metal Bands

  1. I’ve listened to quite a bit of Blind Guardian, but I am looking forward to checking out the others.
    Why use ChatGPT though? 😦 I’d be more interested in your and your girlfriend’s (ie real) opinions of these bands than an AI’s!

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    1. Glad to steer you towards new bands to check out, Marie! As for ChatGPT, don’t worry, as a language model, it doesn’t have personal opinions or preferences, so my list is purely my preferences. ChatGPT only gave me a limited description of some bands. I had to do my own research to find more groups. 😀

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  2. I came here to see Summoning and am pleased to see them there. They’ve done some great stuff.

    I’ll also throw out Nightwish as a band with some Tolkien influences (see the song Elvenpath)

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  3. Tolkien music? You’re diving in deep! I am familiar with three of the bands here and I predicted two of them in the list: blind guardian and battle lore. Moonsorrow is actually one of my favorite folk metal bands of all time. But i never saw any connection with Tolkien to be honest. Norse mythology, yes.

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    1. I’m going wherever Tolkien is going this year! 😛 I’m quite glad to know that you’ve got knowledge and experience with some of these bands, Jeroen. I was also surprised that ChatGPT considered Moonsorrow as a Tolkien-influenced band but I guess influence is used in the largest sense here so I thought I’d might as well mention them because, like you’ve mentioned, their tribute to norse mythos through their music is quite epic and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d give Tolkien some credit in some way hahah

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  4. 99% of us here are not into heavy metal and from your Battlelore share, i have a new understanding of the association between heavy metal and mythological, sci-fi films. 🤔🎞

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  5. While metal is not my cup of tea, I’m very curious about these bands: I heard about Blind Guardian, but the other ones you mentioned come as total news to me. I foresee some intense musical exploration for me in the next few days…. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Nice! I haven’t listened to Blind Guardian in ages. And all the others are new to me so plenty to explore there. If you have time check out the Italian power metal group, Wind Rose. They’re heavily inspired by Tolkien, and specifically, the dwarves. In fact, they always dress as a band of dwarves in their videos and when performing. Diggy Diggy Hole is a fun song and video, though it’s a cover of the Minecraft song.

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    1. For a second, I thought you were going to mention Ruinthrone who I mentioned in the honorable mentions section who is a fairly new Italian band too who just released a whole Lord of the Rings-inspired album. I just started listening to Wind Rose this morning thanks to you and am now binging through all their music! Sooo, soooo good! Thanks for sharing, Todd! 😀


  7. It’s kind of like how there are a lot of superhero comic references in certain types of Rap music.

    On a somewhat related note, you know Christopher Lee, the legendary actor who played Saruman in the movies? He released a couple of metal albums himself … in his 90s.

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      1. The first of his two metal albums is a concept album about Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor … who Lee actually descends from. The more you look into Christopher Lee’s life, the more impressive it gets. Its sequel, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, is apparently much heavier, but I haven’t heard it yet.

        He released others before that, one being a cover album. He also appeared on a number of Rhapsody of Fire’s singled., and did a couple Heavy Metal Christmas EPs. His music career probably started in 1998 with his “Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues & Other Villains”.

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