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The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late

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'''The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late''' is the imagined original ditty that is dericed to 'our time' in the simplified nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle". The supposedly original was invented (by back formation) by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]. The title of this version is given in ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]''.
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'''The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late''' is a [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] poem composed by [[Bilbo Baggins]].
  
In the Inn at [[Bree]] ("[[Inn of the Prancing Pony|At the Sign of the Prancing Pony]]", ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' Chapter 9) [[Frodo]] jumps on a table and recites "a ridiculous song" invented by [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]]. "Here it is in full," said Tolkien. "Only a few words of it are now, as a rule, remembered."
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==History==
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In ''[[The Prancing Pony]]'' at [[Bree]] [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] jumped on a table and recited "a ridiculous song" invented by [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]].<ref>{{FR|I9}}</ref>
  
There follows the tale, in thirteen ballad-like five-line stanzas, introducing each element in turn: "the [[Man in the Moon]]" himself, the ostler's "tipsy cat/ that plays a five-stringed fiddle", the little dog, the "horn&eacute;d cow
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==Form==
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The poem is in thirteen ballad-like five-line stanzas, introducing each element in turn: "the [[Man in the Moon]]" himself, the ostler's "tipsy cat that plays a five-stringed fiddle", the little dog, the "hornéd cow".
  
:as proud as any queen.
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==Portrayals in adaptations==
:But music turns her head like ale,
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'''1981: [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1981 radio series)]]:'''
:And makes her wave her tufted tail
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:Frodo sings the song in Bree. Speeding up at every line, he becomes nigh unintelligable near the end.
:And dance upon the green."
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and "O! the rows of silver dishes/ and the store of silver spoons."
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'''2002: [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (video game)]]:'''
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:Frodo sings an abridged version at the Prancing Pony.
  
At the climactic moment
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===Other media===
:"With a ping and a pang the fiddle-strings broke!
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A musical version of this poem was recorded by the [[Tolkien Ensemble]] on their album ''[[A Night in Rivendell]]''.
:the cow jumped over the [[Moon (Middle-earth)|Moon]],
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:And the little dog laughed to see such fun
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:And the Saturday dish went off at a run
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:with the silver Sunday spoon."
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Note that the cow is able to jump over the Moon with ease because the Man in the Moon has temporarily brought it down to [[Arda|Earth]].
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==Inspiration==
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In the context of the legendarium, this song is the imagined original (by back formation) ditty that is derived to 'our time' in the simplified nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle".{{fact}}
  
Part of Tolkien's brilliance in establishing the epic mood is his ability to introduce a version of a familiar saying and give the reader a sense of hearing the old proverb afresh, as if spoken for the first time, in the heat of the moment.
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The title of this version is given in ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]''.<ref>{{AB|Up}}</ref>
  
[[Category:Books]]
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{{References}}
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[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien|Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late]]

Revision as of 00:01, 9 March 2013

The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late is a Hobbit poem composed by Bilbo Baggins.

Contents

History

In The Prancing Pony at Bree Frodo jumped on a table and recited "a ridiculous song" invented by Bilbo.[1]

Form

The poem is in thirteen ballad-like five-line stanzas, introducing each element in turn: "the Man in the Moon" himself, the ostler's "tipsy cat that plays a five-stringed fiddle", the little dog, the "hornéd cow".

Portrayals in adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Frodo sings the song in Bree. Speeding up at every line, he becomes nigh unintelligable near the end.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Frodo sings an abridged version at the Prancing Pony.

Other media

A musical version of this poem was recorded by the Tolkien Ensemble on their album A Night in Rivendell.

Inspiration

In the context of the legendarium, this song is the imagined original (by back formation) ditty that is derived to 'our time' in the simplified nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle".[source?]

The title of this version is given in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late"