All Ten Riddles from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey + Answers

Do you guys remember the scene when Bilbo finds the Ring in the Tunnels? He later gets spotted by a strange creature (a human though), Gollum who assess him with set of riddles. The plot in first edition of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien actually says that Gollum bets the ring during this riddle-battle. But in the second edition, Tolkien wanted to show how the Ring has changed Gollum, and wanted this way, as we see in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Lets jump to Riddles in the Dark now! Do let me know how many answers you remember!

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

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

3. Gollum: Voiceless it cries, Wingless flutters, Toothless bites, Mouthless mutters.

4. Bilbo: 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."

5. Gollum: 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.

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

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

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

9. Gollum: 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.

And not to forget the last one!!

10. Bilbo: What have I got in my pocket?

Source: The Grey Havens - Songs & Tales


  1. Thanks for bringing back my memories... loved it...


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