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The Cat and the Fiddle

The Cat and the Fiddle: A Nursery Rhyme Undone and its Scandalous Secret Unlocked is a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in October/November 1923 within Yorkshire Poetry Vol. 2 No. 19. It was reprinted in The Return of the Shadow,[1] and as The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The First Phase: VIII. Arrival at Bree, Note on the Songs at the Prancing Pony: (ii) The Cat and the Fiddle" (pp. 145-7)