In Search Of The Black Dog

It’s long been held that if you hold the inner sleeve of Led Zeppelin IV up to a mirror, a black dog’s face appears in the rocky mount.
The pencil illustration, known as “The Hermit” or “View in Half or Varying Light,” was commissioned by Jimmy Page specifically for the album. The artwork is credited to a one Barrington Colby, of which little is known.
So our crack research team here at the Rock File decided to get to the bottom of this 40-year-old Classic Rock Urban Legend. The hidden message contained in the inner sleeve of Led Zeppelin IV can finally be revealed.
The classic front cover:

The interior illustration:

The interior, rotated and mirrored:

Behold the Black Dog.
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6 Responses to In Search Of The Black Dog

  1. dave says:

    Well done, Cap’n! As they say on the internet, mind = blown.

  2. Mac Cancribbe says:

    Woof!

  3. Reblogged this on Backstage Pass and commented:
    This is too cool not to reblog…

  4. TOADBULLIDOLOFTHEHOWLINGDOG says:

    THATS NOT THE BLACK DOG – THAT IS THE IMAGE OF A BULL HEAD I THINK – ABOVE IT AND AROUND IT IS THE FORM OF A SPHYNX LIKE TOAD – INVERT THE IMAGE(TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN) AND YOU WILL SEE THE SMILING IDOL IN THE ROCKS – IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOG YOU HAVE TO HOLD THE BOTTOM EDGE TO THE MIRROR – THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THIS PIECE OF ART THAN ANYONE SEEMS TO KNOW ABOUT – IF YOU CAN FIND THE SPIDER YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO A REAL MIND BLOWING EXPERIENCE

  5. Jeb says:

    Anyone else notice the slightly ghoulish face between the hermits /dog ears ?

  6. Jim-Bob says:

    The figure is that of Baphomet, an ancient diety which represents the “polarized elements of the universe (i.e., male and female, good and evil, etc.)”; not a Black Dog as many have speculated. Furthermore, the figure is wearing an ornamented crown decorated with a serpent’s face (with mouth open and fangs showing). Also depicted is a “Christ-like” facial profile figure to the left of Baphomet. Finally, you can see a figure of a dove (Dove of Peace?, the Holy Spirit?) within the snowcap that the Hermit is standing on.
    Very “Crowlean influenced” occultism in nature and in my opinion, the most fascinating pieces of album art in Rock History.

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