Bilbo & Gollum’s Riddle Game From The Hobbit

A bit of a brain exercise, combined with another reason to push you back off the computer for a bit, look around your book stash at home and pick up The Hobbit for another read, just to pass the time while waiting for the Lord of the Rings prequel to arrive in about 8-9 months. How? By answering the riddles that Gollum and Bilbo present to each other during their encounter, ending in Thief! Thief, Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!

The thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws Iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays King, ruins town, and beats high mountain down. Answer

What has roots as nobody sees, Is taller than trees, Up, up it goes, And yet never grows? Answer

No-legs lay on one leg, two legs sat near on three legs, four legs get some. Answers – 1 2 4

An eye in a blue face saw an eye in a green face. ‘That eye is like to this eye’ said the first eye, ‘But in low place not in high place.’ Answer

Alive without breath, as cold as death; Never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking. Answer

It cannot be seen, it cannot be felt. Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, and empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after. Ends life, kills laughter. Answer

Thirty white horse on a red hill, first they champ, then they stamp, then they stand still. Answer

A box without hinges, key or lid. Yet golden treasure inside is hid. Answer

Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters. Answer