The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late
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
- Frodo sings the song in Bree. Speeding up at every line, he becomes nigh unintelligable near the end.
- Frodo sings an abridged version at the Prancing Pony.
- Bofur sings an abridged version in Rivendell while the company dines with the elves with the other dwarves joining in.
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?]