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The Bath Song

The Bath Song was a song sung by Peregrin Took in Crickhollow while he, Samwise Gamgee, and Frodo Baggins were bathing after their long journey from Hobbiton. The song was also one of Bilbo's favorites.[1]

[edit] Lyrics

Sing hey! for the bath at close of day
that washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!

O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
but better than rain or rippling streams
is Water Hot that smokes and steams.

O! Water cold we may pour at need
down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;
but better is Beer if drink we lack,
and Water Hot poured down the back.

O! Water is fair that leaps on high
in a fountain white beneath the sky;
but never did fountain sound so sweet
as splashing Hot Water with my feet!

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Three lines of the poem (Sweet is the sound...) were adapted into a song sung by Merry and Pippin at the Green Dragon.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition), "At The Green Dragon"