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Published on Mar 7, 2011
The Necromancer - Rush Album: Caress of Steel. Year: 1975. Genre: Prog Rock/Heavy Metal.
The song is three songs combined into one epic: 00:00 - 4:12 Part I: Into the Darkness. 4:12 - 8:36 Part II: Under the Shadow. 8:36 - 12:32 Part III: Return of the Prince.
A necromancer is one who practices necromancy, a type of divination involving the summoning of Operative Spirits to discern information about the future. "The Necromancer" starts with heavy influence from J.R.R. Tolkien's literary mythology. The Necromancer was a pseudonym used by Tolkien in The Hobbit for the character Sauron. The song departs from the story of the book as Part III sees the return of By-Tor from Fly by Night, this time as a hero and not a villain. "Return of the Prince" was also released as a single in some countries. Also in the introductory prologue to the song, the "three travellers, men of Willowdale" is a reference to the band itself, an allusion to the Toronto suburb of Willowdale where Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson grew up and formed the first incarnation of the band.
The only other video with this song was in two parts, so now that YouTube allows up to 15 minutes, I thought I'd post it. Lyrics are for your convenience. This is probably one of the most underrated songs of all time, definitely the most underrated Rush song. I've heard it hundreds of times and plan on listening to it hundreds of times more.