Feb 6 2013, 6:27pm
Here's another Riddles (so it begins) Book Spoiler found in Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit… for a moment of Tolkien-zen.
It's time for some MORE BS... my precioussss...
From Riddles in the Dark: The Hobbit
… "Riddles were all he [Gollum] could think of. Asking them, and sometimes guessing them, had been the only game he had ever played with other funny creatures…."
… "…Very well," said Bilbo, who was anxious to agree, until he found out more about the creature, whether he was quite alone, whether he was fierce or hungry….
… "…You ask first," he said, because he had not had time so think of a riddle.
… So gollum hissed:
What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
… "Easy!" said Bilbo. "Mountain, I suppose."
… "Does it guess easy? It must have a competition with us, my preciouss! If precious asks, and it doesn't answer, we eats it, my preciousss. If it asks us, and we doesn't answer, then we does what it wants, eh? We shows it the way out, yes!"
… "All right!" said Bilbo, not daring to disagree, and nearly bursting his brain to think of riddles that could save him from being eaten.
Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.
…That was all he could think of to ask—the idea of eating was rather on his mind…
… "…Teeth! teeth! my preciousss; but we has only six!" Then he asked his second:
Voiceless it cries,
… "Half a moment!" cried Bilbo, who was still thinking uncomfortably about eating. Fortunately he had once heard something rather like this before, and get his wits back he thought of the answer. "Wind, wind of course," he said…
… … without even scratching his head or putting on his thinking cap.
A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid,
he asked to gain time, until he could think of a really hard one… …But it proved a nasty poser for Gollum. He hissed to himself, and still he did not answer; he whispered and spluttered.
… After some while Bilbo became impatient. "Well, what is it?" he said…
… "…Give us a chance; let it give us a chance, my preciouss—ss—ss."
… "Well," said Bilbo, after giving him a long chance, "what about your guess?"
… But suddenly Gollum remembered thieving from nests long ago, and sitting under the river bank teaching his grandmother, teaching his grandmother to suck—"Eggses!" he hissed. "Eggses it is!" Then he asked…
…This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal…
… …Poor Bilbo sat in the dark thinking … …He had a feeling that the answer was quite different and that he ought to know it, but he could not think of it. He began to get frightened, and that is bad for thinking,
[out of order-but used in film] After a while Gollum began to hiss with pleasure to himself: "Is it nice, my preciousss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable?" He began to peer at Bilbo out of the darkness.
… "Half a moment," said the hobbit shivering. "I gave you a good long chance just now."
[back in order] Gollum began to get out of his boat. He flapped into the water and paddled to the bank; Bilbo could see his eyes coming towards him. His tongue seemed to stick in his mouth; he wanted to shout out: "Give me more time! Give me time!" But all that came out with a sudden squeal was:
… Bilbo was saved by pure luck. For that of course was the answer.
… Gollum was disappointed once more; and now he was getting angry, and also tired of the game. It had made him very hungry indeed… …He sat down in the dark by Bilbo. That made the hobbit most dreadfully uncomfortable and scattered his wits.
… "It's got to ask uss a quesstion, my preciouss, yes, yess, yesss. Jusst one more quesstion to guess, yes, yess," said Gollum.
… But Bilbo simply could not think of any question with that nasty wet cold thing sitting next to him… …He scratched himself, he pinched himself; still he could not think of anything.
… "Ask us! ask us!" said Gollum.
… Bilbo… …felt in his pocket with his other hand. There he found the ring he had picked up in the passage and forgotten about.
… "What have I got in my pocket?" he said aloud. He was talking to himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully upset."
… "Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. 'It isn't fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?"
… Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask stuck to his question. "What have I got in my pocket?" he said louder.
… "S-s-s-s-s… …It must give us three guesseses, my precious, three guesseses."
… "Very well! Guess away!" said Bilbo.
… "Handses!" said Gollum.
… "Wrong," said Bilbo, who had luckily just taken his hand out again. "Guess again!"
… "S-s-s-s-s," said Gollum more upset than ever. He thought of all the things he kept in his own pockets: fish-bones, goblins' teeth, wet shells, a bit of bat-wing, a sharp stone to sharpen his fangs on, and other nasty things. He tried to think what other people kept in their pockets.
… "Knife!" he said at last.
… "Wrong!" said Bilbo, who had lost his some time ago. "Last guess!"
… Now Gollum was in a much worse state than when Bilbo had asked him the egg-question. He hissed and spluttered and rocked himself backwards and forwards, and slapped his feet on the floor, and wriggled and squirmed; but still he did not dare to waste his last guess.
… "Come on!" said Bilbo. "I am waiting!" He tried to sound bold and cheerful…
… "…Time's up!" he said.
… "String, or nothing!" shrieked Gollum, which was not quite fair—working in two guesses at once.
… "Both wrong," cried Bilbo very much relieved; and he jumped at once to his feet, put his back to the nearest wall, and held out his little sword. He knew, of course, that the riddle-game was sacred and of immense antiquity, and even wicked creatures were afraid to cheat when they played at it. But he felt he could not trust this slimy thing to keep any promise at a pinch. Any excuse would do for him to slide out of it. And after all that last question had not been a genuine riddle according to the ancient laws.
… But… …Gollum did not at once attack him. He could see the sword in Bilbo's hand. He sat still, shivering and whispering. At last Bilbo could wait no longer.
… "Well?" he said. "What about your promise? I want to go. You must show me the way."
… "Did we say so, precious? Show the nassty little Baggins the way out, yes, yes. But what has it got in its pocketses, eh? Not string, precious, but not nothing. Oh no! gollum!"
… "Never you mind," said Bilbo. "A promise is a promise…."
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(This post was edited by grammaboodawg on Feb 6 2013, 6:28pm)