Created By: FishStampede on October 28, 2011 Last Edited By: Morgenthaler on May 15, 2016

The Moon Is Lonely

Give the moon a hug.

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The moon. Of the two celestial bodies most visible from earth, it is the lesser. Its light is a pale reflection. It stands watch over the night when most people and domestic animals are asleep. Is it any wonder that, when personified, the moon is often depicted as sad and lonely?

Truly Older Than Dirt, this has been in myths for as long as humans have told stories.

Compare Melancholy Moon, when it's used to symbolize another character's state of mind.


Examples:

Film

Live-Action TV
  • In the Sesame Street song "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon", Ernie sings about how he'd like to visit the moon, but he'd eventually get lonely and want to go home.

Mythology]
  • The story of Selene from Greek myth, the moon goddess who falls in love with a mortal and ensures he stas asleep forever so she can love him without him ever nowing it's not just a dream.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 29, 2011
    Koveras
    • Chikane Himemiya from Kannazuki No Miko is strongly associated with the moon and is one of the loneliest and (purposefully) misunderstood characters in the series.
  • October 29, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms supplement Faiths & Avatars. The moon goddess Selune often seems saddened by events millennia old, such as her eternal battles with her fellow goddess Shar.
  • October 29, 2011
    Oreochan
    Is this related to Melancholy Moon?
  • October 29, 2011
    FishStampede
    Definately related. Though it's when the moon ITSELF is melancholy instead of merely being symbolic.
  • October 29, 2011
    Bisected8
    I thought the catalyst for Luna's Face Heel Turn was jealousy/resentment?
  • October 29, 2011
    FishStampede
    That too, as well as some as yet unknown outside force. There's a lot that went into making her Nightmare Moon, I'm just focusing on that aspect for the page and given her portrayal in Luna Eclipsed. "They have never liked us, and they never shall," in particular.
  • October 29, 2011
    Generality
    In The Silmarillion, the Moon's orbit is out of pace with the Sun's because the Maia carrying it is attracted to the Sun and keeps trying to draw closer.
  • November 27, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump.
  • November 28, 2011
    SharleeD
    Not sure how lonely she was, but the sentient Moon from Satyrday is certainly sad enough, what with having been kidnapped by an evil owl and all.
  • November 29, 2011
    cygnavamp
    In the Sesame Street song "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon", Ernie sings about how he'd like to visit the moon, but he'd eventually get lonely and want to go home.
  • May 15, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Since it seems the OP has forgotten about this one, I'll take up sponsorship.
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