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JennyHallu 02-01-2006 07:43 AM

The Riddle Game
 
I'm not sure whether this belongs here or in Mirth, but I couldn't find one like it. Mods, if you move this, could you PM me?

These riddles are not necessarily Tolkien themed, but are instead just any old-fashioned riddles such as he used in the riddle game between Gollum and Bilbo in the Hobbit. These old rhymes are clever and difficult, but they're lots of fun. Here's one to start:


In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with a skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold,
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.


As usual, he or she who finds the right answer posts the next rhyme.

Thinlómien 02-01-2006 09:58 AM

There's already a riddle thread here. :)

JennyHallu 02-01-2006 10:05 AM

I didn't think mine fit under that, since mine are general riddles and those are specifically Tolkien themed (Answers and clues refer to Tolkien trivia, and most of the riddles are original).

The Saucepan Man 02-01-2006 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JennyHallu
I didn't think mine fit under that, since mine are general riddles and those are specifically Tolkien themed (Answers and clues refer to Tolkien trivia, and most of the riddles are original).

I agree that this thread is sufficiently different from the other to get over the duplication hurdle.

The question is whether it stands the test of being sufficiently Tolkien-related.

On reflection, though, I'll let it stand. We did have a riddle game before where the answers were not necessarily Middle-earth related, and the riddle theme is, I think, a sufficent connection with Tolkien's works.

One condition, though. Please try to make the riddles as similar as possible in style to those used in the riddle game between Bilbo and Gollum. I know that may make it a challenge to set a question but, hey, these games are supposed to be challenging ... :D

gralin musicteeth 02-06-2006 11:50 AM

It's an egg!!!

JennyHallu 02-06-2006 11:56 AM

YAY! SOMEONE RESPONDED!!!! WHOOO-HOOO!!!

And yes, you're right. It's an egg.

gralin musicteeth 02-07-2006 01:08 PM

ok, here's a new one:

I can run but I cannot walk,
And close behind ever follows thought

gralin musicteeth 02-10-2006 08:49 AM

Oh come on it isn't that hard!!

HINT: think about things that run

JennyHallu 02-10-2006 09:43 AM

I'm thinking, I'm thinking!!!

Hmm...things that run. Clocks, rivers, streams, brooks (whoops, there's a rut)...the little dog, spoons, pickles....no! bad! silly!

Things thought follows...well here's the problem. My thoughts (see above) don't follow...they run...gah!

Will continue thinking to myself...

AragornII 02-10-2006 05:12 PM

This sounds dumb but... your nose??

gralin musicteeth 02-11-2006 10:47 AM

Right on!

Way to go!

Your turn, AragornII

AragornII 02-11-2006 10:13 PM

That was a good one.

A mother's child, a father's child, yet no one's son. Who am I?

Gothmog 02-12-2006 04:57 AM

Some-one's daughter?

AragornII 02-12-2006 01:45 PM

Yep, that was an easy one.

gralin musicteeth 02-12-2006 05:07 PM

Reading back over this thread, I notice that it came rather close to being shut down. I think maybe we should stick to riddles that follow a certain rhyming style, like in the book. I hadn't read that when I posted mine. Anyways, I think we should return to the point as soon as possible and try to make this thread be as Tolkien-related as possible, or I fear it will be cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came.

Moving on, Gothmog, you're up!

Gothmog 02-12-2006 05:27 PM

I hope this one is close enough to the LotR-riddles. Though I must admit that I didn't come up with this right now, my fantasy is for the moment somewhat limited...

No legs have I to dance,
No lungs have I to breathe,
No life have I to live or die
And yet I do all three.
What am I?

AragornII 02-12-2006 06:04 PM

Could it be... wind??

Enquaza 02-12-2006 06:10 PM

Fire?

Gothmog 02-13-2006 07:10 AM

Close Aragorn, but it's Enquaza that got the right answer. Well done!

Enquaza 02-13-2006 03:17 PM

Yay my first right answer ok.

I am the beginning of sorrow,

The end of sickness.

You cannot express hapiness without me,

yet I am in the midst of crosses.

I am always in risk,

yet never in danger.

You may find me in the sun,

yet I am never out of darkness.

Who am I?


I coudent think of anything more Tolkein related than that.

Gothmog 02-13-2006 03:31 PM

The letter S?

Enquaza 02-13-2006 03:51 PM

Wow that was quick! It must have been to easy. Your turn Gothmog.

Gothmog 02-22-2006 07:51 AM

Whoops, forgot about this one. Luckily I was reminded by PM (thank you!). Now, as my imagination and creativity has reached an all time low, I'm going to make something up right now and it'll probably be the worst ever...

Tolkien wrote 354 of me
Open a book, it's us you see
Our man is famous from TV
Tell me now, who may we be?

JennyHallu 02-22-2006 07:52 AM

Taking my cue from your sig,

CAPITAL LETTERS

What's really sad is that I said this as a joke, and didn't realize I thought I had the answer until I looked at it after I posted.

Gothmog 02-23-2006 01:54 AM

Sheez, didn't think of my sig... But the answer is almost what I had in mind. Can you change your answer slightly, and I'll give you the thread.

JennyHallu 02-23-2006 07:46 AM

Just "Letters" then I suppose.

I like your sig, by the way. 'Tis smile-inducing.

Gothmog 02-25-2006 09:11 AM

Well, the answer I really sought for was The Letters, but I've been hard enough on you :) And thank you, but all credit for my sig goes to the genius Adams...

JennyHallu 02-25-2006 09:48 AM

This one is difficult. It is not original, and it is very, very old.

On Earth this warrior is strangely born
Of two dumb creatures, drawn gleaming
Into the world, bright and useful to men.

It is tended, kept, covered by women--
Strong and savage, it serves well,
A gentle slave to firm masters
Who mind its measure and feed it fairly
With a careful hand.

To these it brings warm blessings;
to those who let it run Wild
It brings a grim reward.

Good luck!

This article, by the way, is very interesting and useful.

AragornII 02-26-2006 08:55 PM

This might sound really weird and in no direction towards the answer, but could it be desire? :confused: It doesn't really fit with the first part, but it might fit the second.

JennyHallu 02-26-2006 09:51 PM

no, that's not the answer, but that's a clever way of interpreting the last stanza.

AragornII 02-27-2006 06:26 PM

Hmmmmm...
 
How about the mind in general? You know, like thoughts?

JennyHallu 02-27-2006 07:27 PM

Nope!

keep thinking...

piosenniel 03-01-2006 10:37 PM

Fire

dumb creatures - 2 sticks rubbed together/or a flint and striker

the first spark of it comes gleaming into the world

in many old cultures it was tended by the women, kept going, banked from day to day

warm blessings to those who use and handle it well

destruction to those who let it get out of hand

JennyHallu 03-02-2006 07:53 AM

Exactly right, pio!!!

Congrats, your thread!

piosenniel 03-03-2006 03:47 AM

I've been reading Jane Austen lately.

This is a charade or word-puzzle from one of her works: "my whole" is the word to be guessed; "my first" is its first syllable, and "my second" its second syllable.

~*~

My first doth affliction denote

Which my second is destin'd to feel.

And my whole is the best antidote

That affliction to soften and heal.

JennyHallu 03-03-2006 08:03 AM

Oh yay! Another literary one!

Must run off and think.

piosenniel 03-16-2006 01:23 PM

Good grief! I've killed this thread! :eek:

Right, then - the answer to the Jane Austen riddle:

My first doth affliction denote ----- Woe

Which my second is destin'd to feel. ----- man


And my whole is the best antidote
That affliction to soften and heal.

Answer ----- Woe + man = Woman


Yes, horridly sexist, perhaps . . . but anyway it's solved.


Someone else please carry on . . .

frodoHarrypotter 05-04-2006 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Saucepan Man
I agree that this thread is sufficiently different from the other to get over the duplication hurdle.

The question is whether it stands the test of being sufficiently Tolkien-related.

On reflection, though, I'll let it stand. We did have a riddle game before where the answers were not necessarily Middle-earth related, and the riddle theme is, I think, a sufficent connection with Tolkien's works.

One condition, though. Please try to make the riddles as similar as possible in style to those used in the riddle game between Bilbo and Gollum. I know that may make it a challenge to set a question but, hey, these games are supposed to be challenging ... :D

and please, no eating the other participants lol

Farael 05-04-2006 06:03 PM

What have I got in my pockets?
 
I soar without wings, I see without eyes.
I've traveled the universe to and fro.
I've conquered the world, yet I've never been anywhere but home.
Who am I?

Diamond18 05-04-2006 11:38 PM

a weak attempt at a guess
 
Imagination?


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