Letter To Bilbo Baggins

This world would be a much merrier place if more of us cared about food and our home the way you did about eating potatoes and living in the Shire. You were a curious young Hobbit, that was eager for news of the outside world and in your life time you did go on some exciting adventures. You became a wealthy bachelor and you acquired a reputation for respectability that your neighbors admired.

You were known for being a burglar and you stumbled upon a small ring, not thinking much about it, you put it in your back pocket.  You were not aware that this lost trinket was the One Ring, (One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them), forged by Sauron many years ago.  You then encountered Gollum, who had been in possession of the Ring for over five hundred years.  You entered into a contest of knowledge and reasoning, with Gollum where each of you took a turn asking a question and the first one who couldn’t come up with the right answer became the loser.  If you won then Gollum would have to show you the way out and if you lost, then you would become Gollum’s dinner.

Gollum Riddle 1:
What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
[A mountain]
Bilbo Riddle 1:
Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.
Gollum Riddle 2:
Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.
Bilbo Riddle 2:
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 low place, Not in high place.”
[The sun]
Gollum Riddle 3:
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 out first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.
Bilbo Riddle 3:
A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
[An egg]
Gollum Riddle 4:
Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.
Bilbo Riddle 4:
No-legs lay on one-leg,
two-legs sat near on three-legs,
four-legs got some.
[Fish on a table,
man on a stool,
cat gets the scraps]
Gollum Riddle 5:
This thing all things devours;
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats mountain down.
Bilbo Riddle 5:
What have I got in my pocket?
This was a real sneaky question as you did have the Ring in your pocket, but then you hid it behind your back.  Gollum was not satisfied with your final riddle, and while he was mourning the loss of his Ring that you found, you vanished.  I enjoyed your riddle game and I just need to ask you if you would have let Gollum eat you if you had lost the contest.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt #227 “Letters to Characters”.

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