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"a complete consistency [...] is not to be looked for, and could only be achieved, if at all, at heavy and needless cost." — Christopher Tolkien
This article's canonicity is disputed.

In the folklore of the Hobbits, the Man in the Moon is an old being who secretly hid on the island of the Moon, and built his minaret there.[1][2] He is also featured in the song The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late.[3]

Combined with the Elven lore, the Man in the Moon of the Hobbits' tales must have his origins in the legend of Tilion the Maia.[source?]

Other versions of the legendarium

In The Book of Lost Tales Part One, his name is given as Uolë Kúvion,[4] but the tale of how he came to live there was never fully told.

Other writings

This is alluded to further in Tolkien's Roverandom, where the Man in the Moon also lives in a Minaret.

Inspiration

Tolkien was likely inspired by our tradition of the Man in the Moon.[source?]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, pp. 193, 198, 215, 271
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