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    General CommentNorsemen of course:-) My ancestors. I doubt this is the actual meaning, but it always made me think of the Norse being the first Europeans making it to Vinland-The Western Shore-
    Sailing in their longships, fighting against the storms, on a wide sea to reach Vinland.
    Hildeon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsounds that way at first, but what ruins would there be to rebuild in america between 800 and 1066 AD? i`m pretty sure it's about the viking invasions of Britain around 800-1000 A.D., since Britain's eastern coast (or the english channel's western shore) was where most of the attacks were aimed. also, i think

    "For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing"

    could be an allusion to england's norman invasion in 1066, since that invasion was pretty much the last great invasion of the British isles, and paved the way for England's power in the future.
    oh, and by the way, Valhalla is the "hall of Heroes", where, in norse mythology, Odin kept the souls of those great fighters that died in battle so that he would have an army of great fighters with him for the final battle at the end of the world.
    ramtharon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, sounds more like an invasion of Britain.
    "To fight the hoarde" To my knowledge, there weren't exactly an abundance of hoardes in North America at the time.
    odin_loweon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the Nordic idea; most of the evidence of the song seems to fit. However, I think Zep were also having a bit of fun with their new American audience; they started, as we all know, in Britain, and the wave of post-Beatles bands in America may here be termed 'an invasion'.

    In effect, I think it's comparing a historical event to what was transpiring at the time of the song's writing.
    MadTomon April 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the Viking invasion of Britain in the A.D. 800's. It was at this time when Christianity was just about to become the dominant religion of all the kingdoms on the island... and then disaster struck. The so-called "Danes" (from Norway actually!) invaded from the north-east coast and subdued region after region, reintroducing the pagan ways of old. Villages were torched, churches and libraries were demolished. As kingdom after kingdom collapsed, civilization in Britain was threatened. The viking rulers forced the people to pay a tribute tax, the "Danegeld", making them the "overlords" of Britian. The lone hold-out was the south-west Kingdom of Wessex (West Saxons) lead by Alfred the Great. They were the only people stopping the vikings from reaching "the western shore". Here Christian culture was preserved, and eventually the pagans were driven from Britain and/or introduced to Christ.
    RayManon July 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmakes sense it fits with led zepplins obsession for celtic lore
    azrealon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI would agree with the idea that the western shore was referring to North America, if you sail west from Iceland it seems most likely when you consider the verse "We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow."
    As far as I know only Iceland has hot springs
    shelly1on September 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthere are hot springs all over. Japan, Colorado, and Oregon all have nice ones that i have been to. and the Vikings were not from Iceland, they were from Norway, Finland and other nearby areas. they eventually made some settlements in Iceland, but they were "from" further east of Iceland. pretty much everything in the song points to it being about invading the british isles.
    ramtharon September 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe Vikings were mostly from Norway and Denmark, very few if any from Finland. But I'm not going to talk about that. This might either be about when the Danish invaded the English shores or when Leifur Eiríksson sailed from Iceland to America, since this song is written after Led Zeppelin played in Iceland, I'm guessing it's the second:P

    "From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow."

    It's bright 24/7 in Iceland in the summer, so the midnight sun might be referring to that and even though there are hot springs in other places in the world, I do believe that they only "blow" in Iceland, because of the subterranean heat:P
    ravingon March 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's just a comparison of a rock band to viking warriors, conquering new lands. Since Zeppelin was 'invading' various parts of the world. It's certainly about Vikings--midnight sun would refer to the fact that in the far northern countries, there is often more than 24 hour daylight. Valhalla is of course where all the good viking warriors
    Frostedon June 11, 2003   Link

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