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.