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A list of metal albums inspired and based with themes from the works/writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Recommendations/suggestions are welcome. Only one album per band and album featured on MS.

Created by: Dark†SymphonY | 02.09.2013



1. Amon Din - Where The Dreams No Longer Exist
2007 - Melodic Death - Amon Dîn was the first and oldest of the seven warning beacons of Gondor. It is Sindarin (Elven language) for 'silent hill'.
2. Argonath - Lost In Moria
2005 - Power - 'The Gates of Argonath' are two enormous statues carved in the likenesses of Isildur and Anárion which stand either side of the River Anduin. Moria is a Dwarven underground city.
3. Arwen - Illusions
2004 - Progressive/Power - Arwen was the daughter of Lord Elrond of Rivendell.
4. Avathar - Where Light And Shadow Collide
2004 - Black/Folk - Avathar is a dark land in the south of the continent of Aman in between the mountains and the sea.
5. Azagatel - Nautilus
2003 - Black - Influenced by Tolkien's stories and writings.
6. Balrog - Bestial Satanic Terror
2006 - Black - Balrogs were demonic spirits of shadow and flame.
7. Bane Of Isildur - Black Wings
2010 - Melodic Death - The one ring created by Sauron in Mount Doom. Isildur was a man who had the opportunity to destroy it, but didn't.
8. Battlelore - Sword's Song
2003 - Folk/Power - Heavily influenced by the characters and events in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Silmarillion.
9. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
1998 - Power - The album is based around Tolkien's book 'The Silmarillion'.
10. Bob Catley - Middle Earth
2001 - Hard Rock/Heavy Metal - Middle-earth is the habitable part of Arda (the world/Earth), 'Endor' in the Elven language. In old Nordic language it was called 'Midgard'.
11. Burzum - Det Som Engang Var
1993 - Ambient/Black - Burzum translates to 'darkness' in Tolkien's Black Speech, spoken by the orcs.
12. Cirith Gorgor - Onwards To The Spectral Defile
1999 - Black - Cirith Gorgor is a mountain range near Mordor and was sealed by the Morannon (black gate).
13. Cirith Ungol - King Of The Dead
1984 - Heavy/Doom - Cirith Ungol was a mountain pass or/and a tower in Mordor near Minas Morgul.
14. Dol Amroth - I Am The Enemy
2003 - Black - A city which formed part of the kingdom of Gondor.
15. Dragonland - Holy War
2002 - Power - Heavily influenced by Tolkien stories.
16. Draugûl - The Voyager
2013 - Epic Black - Draugûl is a speech of Mordor meaning "The Curse of the Wolf".
17. Elexorien - Elexorien
2007 - Symphonic Folk/Power - Elexorien is an ancient sword, influenced by the Tolkien writings.
18. Emyn Muil - Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
2013 - Epic/Atmospheric Black - Emyn Muil are hills of rocky crags near Rohan
19. Epidemia - Elfiyskaya Rukopis
2004 - Power - Influenced by Tolkien and the Elves.
20. Galadriel - Oblivion
2000 - Melodic Doom - Galadriel is the ruler/guardian of the woods of Lothlórien.
21. Hithlum - In the Land of Mordor, Where the Shadows Lie
2005 - Pagan Black - An Elven realm north of Beleriand.
22. Isengard - Høstmørke
1995 - Black/Folk - Isengard translates to 'iron fortress' in the elven language and is the realm of Saruman
23. Land Of Mordor - The Awakening
2003 - Power - Mordor is a dark, volcanic wasteland south-east of Middle-earth.
24. Lorien - From the Forest to the Havens
2005 - Power - Lórien refers to the gardens in Valinor.
25. Minas Morgul - Schwertzeit
2002 - Pagan/Black - Minas Morgul was a city-fortress in Mordor, the city is home to the Witch-king of Angmar and Lieutenant Gothmog.
26. Minhyriath - Gondolyn
2008 - Folk/Death - 'Gondolin' was the hidden city of the Elves from Tokien's The Silmarillion.
27. Nazgul - De Expugnatione Elfmuth
2002 - Black/Folk - The Nazgûl (ringwraiths) are the servants of Sauron.
28. Númenor - Colossal Darkness
2013 - Epic/Black - Númenor was an island kingdom that was raised up from the sea by the Valar.
29. Orkrist - Grond
2003 - Folk/Black/Doom - Orcrist (goblin-cleaver) is a weapon used by Dwarf lord Thorin Oakenshield. Grond was a wolf-head battering ram that besieged the city of Minas Tirith.
30. Red Wine - Hijos Del Despertar
2001 - Heavy/Power - Influenced by Tolkien, religion and illusions.
31. Rivendell - Farewell - The Last Dawn
2005 - Black/Folk - Rivendell is an Elven outpost/city and is referred to as "The Last Homely House East of the Sea"
32. Saruman - Ride On The Darkside
2002 - Atmospheric/Death - Saruman was a powerful white wizard of the order of 5 and is head of the white council (formed by Elves and Wizards).
33. Saurom - Sombras Del Este
2002 - Folk - The band has songs based on the character 'Tom Bombadil' from The Lord of the Rings.
34. Summoning - Dol Guldur
1997 - Epic/Atmospheric Black - Dol Guldur was a fortress established by Sauron, who operated in sorcery and necromancy.
35. Tengwar - The Halfling Forth Shall Stand
2011 - Folk - Tengwar was a script invented by Fëanor to writing the Elven languages, like Sindarin.
36. The Ring - Tales From Midgard
2004 - Heavy/Power - The one ring, the great and most powerful ring created by Sauron.
37. Valar - Magic and Wyrmfire
2001 - Ambient/Black - Valar were the powers (or gods) who lived on the continent of Aman.
38. Vordven - Towards The Frozen Stream
1999 - Atmospheric Black - Many influences from Tolkien's writings.
39. Witchking - Witchking
2007 - Heavy - The Witch-king of Angmar was one of the nine lords of men, corrupted by Sauron.
40. Wuthering Heights - Far From The Madding Crowd
2004 - Progressive/Folk - Heavily influenced by the characters and stories in Tolkien's books. The band is named after the novel by Emily Brontë.



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Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2013 at 19:16  
How is Wuthering Heights connected to Tolkien? The band name isn't since it refers to the novel by the same name by Emily Brontë
Erik M. - 02.09.2013 at 19:27  
Again a great list! I really like the concept of this one. I'm seeing a couple of favourites of mine like Galadriel (The Mirror of Ages is better than Oblivion though, in my opinion), Summoning (I'd prefer OMD and Stronghold to OB though) and of course Vordven, which in my opinion is a gem of an album.

I might have some suggestions, but don't have the time now.
Icy - 02.09.2013 at 19:55  
Glad to see Avathar on the list. Their demo's are also really well produced and great stuff. Here is their latest. Don't know what's going on with them now days, amost 3 years of silence
Zaphod - 02.09.2013 at 20:29  
Surprised no one had this idea for a list sooner.
Dark†SymphonY - 02.09.2013 at 20:31  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.09.2013 at 19:16

How is Wuthering Heights connected to Tolkien? The band name isn't since it refers to the novel by the same name by Emily Brontë

That is exactly what I thought when I found it, but the album feature on the list is primarily Tolkien themed.
Dark†SymphonY - 02.09.2013 at 20:34  
Written by Erik M. on 02.09.2013 at 19:27

Again a great list! I really like the concept of this one. I'm seeing a couple of favourites of mine like Galadriel (The Mirror of Ages is better than Oblivion though, in my opinion), Summoning (I'd prefer OMD and Stronghold to OB though) and of course Vordven, which in my opinion is a gem of an album.

I might have some suggestions, but don't have the time now.

Thanks Erik Galadrie'ls earlier albums are Tolkien based, but the one on the list is more 'themed' and same with the lyrics. I will only add one album per band, so I chose Oath Bound as I already used Stronghold in another list. Vordven definitely has lots of Tolkien influences and sounds in their music and its also a great album too.
Dark†SymphonY - 02.09.2013 at 20:40  
Written by Icy on 02.09.2013 at 19:55

Glad to see Avathar on the list. Their demo's are also really well produced and great stuff. Here is their latest. Don't know what's going on with them now days, amost 3 years of silence

Thanks for the link, really like that stuff . I haven't listened to their demos before so I'll give them a play soon.
Icy - 02.09.2013 at 20:57  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 02.09.2013 at 20:40

Written by Icy on 02.09.2013 at 19:55

Glad to see Avathar on the list. Their demo's are also really well produced and great stuff. Here is their latest. Don't know what's going on with them now days, amost 3 years of silence

Thanks for the link, really like that stuff . I haven't listened to their demos before so I'll give them a play soon.


You can listen their older demos on Mikseri.net.
Erik M. - 02.09.2013 at 21:13  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 02.09.2013 at 20:34

Thanks Erik Galadrie'ls earlier albums are Tolkien based, but the one on the list is more 'themed' and same with the lyrics. I will only add one album per band, so I chose Oath Bound as I already used Stronghold in another list. Vordven definitely has lots of Tolkien influences and sounds in their music and its also a great album too.


Ah I see, that might be true what you say about Galadriel. And yes, only 1 album/band is the best if you ask me. And with a song called Rivendell, you don't even need to listen to Vordven to know it's Tolkien-influenced.

By the way, despite the fact that you've already covered quite a lot of Tolkien bands, I found two more for you to check out (neither of those are featured on MS though):
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/N%C3%BAmenor/3540290774
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Valar/6308
Dark†SymphonY - 02.09.2013 at 21:24  
Written by Erik M. on 02.09.2013 at 21:13

Written by Dark†SymphonY on 02.09.2013 at 20:34

Thanks Erik Galadrie'ls earlier albums are Tolkien based, but the one on the list is more 'themed' and same with the lyrics. I will only add one album per band, so I chose Oath Bound as I already used Stronghold in another list. Vordven definitely has lots of Tolkien influences and sounds in their music and its also a great album too.


Ah I see, that might be true what you say about Galadriel. And yes, only 1 album/band is the best if you ask me. And with a song called Rivendell, you don't even need to listen to Vordven to know it's Tolkien-influenced.

By the way, despite the fact that you've already covered quite a lot of Tolkien bands, I found two more for you to check out (neither of those are featured on MS though):
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/N%C3%BAmenor/3540290774
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Valar/6308

I used metal-archives for nearly half of the albums on here, but not all I've found the are featured on MS. I have heard of both bands, but haven't paid much attention to them. I'm still finding more bands/albums, so if you find others (even if they aren't on MS) you can comment again .
BitterCOld - 04.09.2013 at 01:18  
Written by Zaphod on 02.09.2013 at 20:29

Surprised no one had this idea for a list sooner.


i started a thread on it long ago but gave up as it was entirely too much work to maintain...
immortal83 - 05.09.2013 at 10:23  
What about Cirith Ungol band?
Akula - 05.09.2013 at 14:43  
Bob Catley - Middle Earth
Dark†SymphonY - 05.09.2013 at 18:59  
Written by immortal83 on 05.09.2013 at 10:23

What about Cirith Ungol band?

Not sure why I didn't add this band, as they do have some Tolkien/fantasy themes in their music, adding soon.
Dark†SymphonY - 05.09.2013 at 19:07  
Written by Akula on 05.09.2013 at 14:43

Bob Catley - Middle Earth

He is not featured in MetalStorm, but as that album has some metal elements in it, I will add to list.

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