The Riddles of the Hobbit

One of the great chapters in The Hobbit involves Bilbo and Gollum having a riddle contest. These riddles are great mind teasers - can you solve them?

Scroll down slowly through the riddles, being sure to stop at the ... after each riddle so that you do not see the answer. Only keep scrolling once you've made your guess!!

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


A Mountain

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



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



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 a low place,
Not in high lace."


Sun on the daisies

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



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


An Egg

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


A Fish

No-leg lay on one-leg,
Two-legs sat near on three-legs,
Four-legs got some.


Fish on a little table,
man at table sitting on a stool
the cat has the bones

This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.



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