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'''Riddle-game''' was an ancient game of the [[Hobbits]], used as a means of settling disputes. The players continued to ask each other riddles until one failed to provide a correct answer.
 
'''Riddle-game''' was an ancient game of the [[Hobbits]], used as a means of settling disputes. The players continued to ask each other riddles until one failed to provide a correct answer.
  
The most famous version is the one in which [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Gollum]] competed in. If Gollum failed to answer a riddle, he would show Bilbo out of the [[Misty Mountains]]. However, if Bilbo lost, Gollum would eat him. The two echanged several riddles, and Gollum's knowledge of the answers suggested to [[Gandalf]] years later that he had possibly been a hobbit once. At last, strapped for riddles to ask the loathsome creature, Bilbo, touching the ring he had found in the tunnels, asked "What have I got in my pocket?" It wasn't exactly a riddle, but Gollum failed to answer correctly, despite having 3 guesses. Despite his promise, Gollum plotted to use his "Precious" to murder and eat Bilbo, but when he found it missing, he too late guessed the right answer to Bilbo's "riddle".
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==History==
 
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The most famous riddle-game was the one in which [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Gollum]] competed. If Gollum failed to answer a riddle, he would show Bilbo out of the [[Misty Mountains]]. However, if Bilbo lost, Gollum would eat him. The two echanged several riddles, and Gollum's knowledge of the answers suggested to [[Gandalf]] years later that he had possibly been a hobbit once. At last, strapped for riddles to ask the loathsome creature, Bilbo, touching [[The One Ring|the ring]] he had found in the tunnels, asked "What have I got in my pocket?". Gollum failed to answer correctly, despite being given three guesses. Reneging on his promise, Gollum plotted to use his "Precious" to murder and eat Bilbo, but when he found it missing, he too late guessed the right answer to Bilbo's "riddle".<ref>{{H|Riddles}}</ref>
Most adaptations, such as the Rankin/Bass film and BBC's radio program, have Bilbo and Gollum exchanging only two riddles each, though they both contain Bilbo's egg riddle, Gollum's time riddle, and "What have I got in my pocket?".
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Revision as of 17:49, 22 October 2009

Riddle-game was an ancient game of the Hobbits, used as a means of settling disputes. The players continued to ask each other riddles until one failed to provide a correct answer.

History

The most famous riddle-game was the one in which Bilbo Baggins and Gollum competed. If Gollum failed to answer a riddle, he would show Bilbo out of the Misty Mountains. However, if Bilbo lost, Gollum would eat him. The two echanged several riddles, and Gollum's knowledge of the answers suggested to Gandalf years later that he had possibly been a hobbit once. At last, strapped for riddles to ask the loathsome creature, Bilbo, touching the ring he had found in the tunnels, asked "What have I got in my pocket?". Gollum failed to answer correctly, despite being given three guesses. Reneging on his promise, Gollum plotted to use his "Precious" to murder and eat Bilbo, but when he found it missing, he too late guessed the right answer to Bilbo's "riddle".[1]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Riddles in the Dark"