The Riddles

When Bilbo first meets Gollum in the cave in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He asks Gollum to lead him out of the cave, but Gollum refuses unless they play a game of riddles.

The Box Of Gold

One of the riddles Bilbo tells Gollum is that there is a box with gold inside, but there is no lock, no key, no hinge or lid.

Gullum manages to answer the riddle correctly.

What was the answer to the riddle?

Gollum Riddles

1 Answer 1


The answer to this riddle is an egg.

Gollum didn't fall for that one.

  • I don't understand how an egg can be the right answer? Can you clarify.
    – Reactgular
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 0:07
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    The gold inside an egg is the yolk. There is no key. There is no lock, hinge or lid.
    – wbogacz
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 0:31
  • well, an egg doesn't look anything like a box.
    – Reactgular
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 1:03
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    Basically what wbogacz said. Don't blame me, blame J.R.R. :)
    – Nobby
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 2:57
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    A riddle is as much poetry as it is puzzle. Sometimes imagery is part of the question.
    – wbogacz
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 13:35

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