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Bilbo Baggins and Gollum, while struggling for dominance against one another, entered into an exchange of riddles in Gollum's cave, as recounted in the fifth chapter of The Hobbit.

Bilbo unfairly won by asking Gollum what he had in his pocket. Gollum, of course, did not know, and frustratedly pardoned himself to his island home. Bilbo then escaped with the One Ring's invisibility power, and soon rejoined the Dwarves at the foot of the mountains.[1]

The riddles Edit

Riddle 1:

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

Answer: a Mountain

Riddle 2:

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

Answer: Teeth

Riddle 3:

Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.

Asnwer: Wind


Riddle 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: sun on the daisies

Riddle 5:

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: Darkness


Riddle 6:

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


Answer: Egg


Riddle 7:

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


Answer: Fish


Riddle 8:

No-legs lay on one-leg,
two legs sat near on three legs,
four legs got some.

Answer: Fish on a little one-legged table, man at table sitting on a three-legged stool, the cat gets the bones


Riddle 9:

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


Riddle 10:

What does Bilbo have in his pocket?

Answer: The One Ring of Power

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Raadspel
Amharic የእንቆቅልሽ ጨዋታ
Arabic لغز لعبه
Armenian Հանելուկ Խաղ
Albanian Lojë shoshë
Azerbaijani Tapmaca Oyunu
Belarusian Cyrillic загадка гульні
Bengali ধাঁধা খেলা
Bosnian Zagonetka igra
Bulgarian Cyrillic Гатанка игра
Cambodian ហ្គេមល្បែង ?
Catalan Joc d'endevinalles
Cebuano Tigmo nga dula
Chinese 谜语游戏
Cornish Dismyk Gwari
Corsican ? in ghjocu
Croatian Zagonetka igra
Czech Hádanka hry
Danish Gåden spillet
Dutch Raadsel Spel
Esperanto Enigma Ludo
Estonian Mõistatus mäng
Filipino Laro ng bugtong
Finnish Arvoitus peli
French Jeu de l'énigme
Frisian Riedsel Wedstriid
Galician Xogo de enigma
Georgian რიდლი თამაში
German Rätsel-Spiel
Greek Παιχνίδι αίνιγμα
Gujarati રિડલ ગેમ
Haitian Creole Devinèt jwèt
Hebrew המשחק חידה
Hindi पहेली खेल
Hungarian Rejtvényes játék
Icelandic Ráðgáta leikur
Irish Gaelic Cluiche Tintiúr ?
Italian Gioco di enigmi
Japanese 謎のゲーム
Kannada ರಿಡಲ್ ಗೇಮ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Жұмбақ ойыны
Korean 수수께끼 게임
Kurdish Lîstika Şertonek (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic табышмак оюн
Laotian ການຫຼິ້ນຄຳທວາຍ
Latvian Mīklu spēle
Lithuanian Mįslių žaidimas
Macedonian Cyrillic Загатка игра
Malagasy Lalao Milalao
Malay Teka-teki permainan
Marathi कोडे खेळ
Mongolian Cyrillic онөсого Тоглоом
Nepalese पहेली खेल
Norwegian Gåten Spillet
Pashto د لوبې لوبې
Persian بازی معما
Polish Gry zagadka
Portuguese Jogo de acertijo
Punjabi ਰਿਡਲ ਗੇਮ
Romanian Joc de ghicitori
Russian Головоломка игра
Sanskrit प्रहेलिका क्रीडा
Serbian Загонетка игра (Cyrillic) Zagonetka igra (Latin)
Sinhalese රයිල්ඩ් ගේම්
Slovak Hádanka hra
Slovenian Uganka igra
Somalian Hal-xiraale Ciyaarta
Spanish Juego de adivinanzas
Sudanese Kaulinan Babadean
Swahili Mchezo wa kitendawili
Swedish Gåta Spel
Tamil புதிர் விளையாட்டு
Telugu రిడిల్ గేమ్
Thai เกมปริศนา
Turkish Bilmece Oyunu
Ukrainian Cyrillic Загадка ігри
Uzbek Жумбоқ ўйин (Cyrillic) Jumboq o'yin (Latin)
Vietnamese Trò chơi đố
Welsh Gêm Pos
Yiddish רעטעניש שפּיל
Yoruba Adiitu idaraya

References Edit

  1. The Hobbit, Chapter V: "Riddles in the Dark"