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Gandalf parts with you and you enter Bag End. You are met by Frodo Baggins. "Hello, stranger. Did you know that my Uncle Bilbo was an expert riddle-creator and solver? He was once in a sticky situation where knowledge of riddles saved his life. I shall tell you the riddles from that game, and some more that I have heard over the years. Please feel free to tell me your own riddles. All answers to riddles are in white print. Highlight them to read. When you're done, head on over to PaddleBall on the Far Downs - or you can talk to Gandalf about leaving the Shire."

Riddles from The Hobbit

Gollum's riddles:

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

Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.
Answer: Wind

It cannot be seen, 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: Dark

Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.
Answer: Fish

This 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: Time

Bilbo's Riddles

Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.
Answer: Teeth

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: Sun on the daisies

No legs lay on one-leg, two-legs sat near on three-legs, four legs got some.
Answer: Fish on a little table, man at table sitting on a stool, the cat has the bones.

A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
Answer: Eggs(es ;))

What have I got in my pockets??
Answer: The Ring!

Submitted Riddles

submitted by anduin:
"The beginning of eternity
The end of time and space
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place."
Answer: The letter E

Take one out and scratch my head
I am now black but once was red
Answer: A match

It has no top or bottom but it can hold flesh, bones and blood all at the same time.
What is this object?
Answer: A ring

What can run but never walks,
has a mouth but never talks,
has a head but never weeps,
has a bed but never sleeps?
Answer: A river

What object has keys that open no locks, space but no room, and you can enter but not go in?
Answer: A keyboard

When set loose
I fly away,
Never so cursed
As when I go astray.
Answer: A raft

submitted by Dragongirl02:
Poor men have it
Rich men want it
It can fill a hole
It is greater than God.
Answer: Nothing

submitted by Ranadwelt:
A hundred arms, a thousand fingers,
But it has no eyes to see where it lingers.
Answer: A tree

submitted by Dan Broderick:
With a knife, cut open my head
Then weep beside me when I am dead.
Answer: Onion

I am sometimes strong and sometimes weak,
But am nobody's fool
There is no lanugage I can't speak
Though I never went to school
Answer: Echo

I went into the woods and got it
I sat down to seek it
I went home because I couldn't find it
Answer: A splinter

Walk on the living, they don't even mumble
Walk on the dead they mutter and grumble
Answer: Leaves

I am on three legs when I rest
And one when I work
Answer: A wheelbarrow

I can be short and sometimes hot
But when displayed I rarely impress
Answer: Temper

Buckets, barrels, baskets, cans.
What must you fill with empty hands?
Answer: Gloves

You throw away the outside and cook the inside.
Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.
Answer: Ear of Corn

I am used to bat with, yet I never get a hit.
I am near a ball, yet it is never thrown.
Answer: Eyelashes

I don't have eyes, but once I did see.
Once I had thoughts, but now I'm white and empty
Answer: Skull

submitted by Kismet:
The more you take, the more you leave behind. What is it?
Answer: Footsteps

There once was a green house. Inside this green house, there was a white house. Inside this white house was a red house... and inside this red house were lots of babies. What was this house?
Answer: A Watermelon

I know a thousand faces, and count the tailed heads, feasting bright upon the eyes, of many who have died. Wielding well a mighty power, who hath but humble stature. Masses fall upon their knees, to scarce behold my only side. What am I?
Answer: A coin

submitted by Galad'esh:
My thunder comes before the lightning;
my lightning comes before the clouds;
my rain dries all the land that it touches.
What am I?
Answer: A volcano

I defend without weapons, stand without legs, wound without force, and am harder to fight than to kill. What am I?
Answer: A wall

submitted by Baneofevil:
The builder doesn't need me,
the buyer doesn't use me,
the user doesn't want me.
Answer: A coffin

submitted by Luke:
What passes you by but you don't know it,
bites but you can't feel the pain?
Answer: The wind

submitted by Susan:
I raise my weapon up to the sky;
I let my armies fall an fly;
I let my weapon strike the ground;
and let loose a terrible battle cry.
Answer: A storm

I am punished by nature, to go ever down and never up;
I destroy everything; I save lives and kill them;
for I am life and death.
Answer: water

submitted by Lossoth:
No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?
Answer: Silence

Feed me and I live, give me drink and I die. What am I?
Answer: Fire

I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow.
Answer: Wind

This is light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for long.
Answer: One's breath

If you break me, I'll not stop working. If you can touch me, my work is done. If you lose me, you must find me with a ring soon after.
Answer: The human heart

I have a hundred legs but cannot stand, a long neck but no head;
I eat the maid's life.
Answer: A broom

This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks.
Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face.
Answer: A clock

Builds up castles, tears down mountains,
makes some blind, helps other to see.
Answer: Sand

Lives in winter, dies in summer, and grows with its roots upward.
Answer: An icicle

Man walks over; man walks under; in time of war he burns asunder.
Answer: A bridge

In a tunnel of darknesslies a beast of iron.
It can only attack when pulled back.
Answer: A bullet

I am emerald and diamonds, lost by the moon.
I am found by the sun and picked up soon.
Answer: Dew

Where may you find roads without carts, forests without trees, cities without houses?
Answer: On a map

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