Posted April 25, 2013 by Colin O'Boyle in Movies & Video

25 Riddles For Geeks


Riddle me this, fellow geeks.

You don’t have to wear a green leotard covered in question marks to love riddles, friends. (And good thing, too: I do not look in good in a leotard.) I love riddles of all shapes and sizes, and I’m sure plenty of people out there love as much as I do. Riddles are important in lots of different cultures, whether they’re the funeral games of Southeast Asia, formalized riddle games like in “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass” or parts of myths and legends, like the riddle of the Sphinx from “Oedipus Rex.” So, I’ve decided to search the web for some of my favorite riddles and post them here. Riddles will be on this page and answers on the page after.

Test your skills and enjoy!

10 Riddles from “The Hobbit”

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1) This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

2) What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?

3) No-legs lay on one-leg, two legs sat near on three legs, four legs got some.

4) 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.’

5) Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking

6) 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 first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.

7) Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.

8) A box without hinges, key or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

9) Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.

10) What have I got in my pocket?

10 Riddles from “The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass”

1) What is a difference between a grandmother and a granary?

2) What has four wheels and flies?

3) No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?

4) I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow.

5) If you break me, I’ll not stop working. If you can touch me, my work is done. If you lose me, you must find me with a ring soon after.

6) We are very little creatures;
all of us with different features.
One of us in glass is set,
one of us you’ll find in jet.
Another you may find in tin,
another is boxed within.
If the fifth you should pursue,
it can never fly from you.

What are we?

7) I have a hundred legs but cannot stand, a long neck but no head; I eat the maid’s life.

8) This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head, has a face.

9) What lives in winter, dies in summer, and grows with its roots upward?

10) What has eyes yet cannot see?

Assorted other Riddles

An extra layer of challenge for you, riddle geeks. Not only must you solve the riddle, you must identify where it comes from. Good luck!

1) First name a person who lives in disguise
who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next tell me what is the last thing to mend
the middle of middle and end of the end?
Last tell me what is a sound often heard
during the search of a hard to find word.
Put them together and answer me this
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?

2) What’s green, hangs on the wall, and whistles?

3) The eight of us go forth and back to protect our king from the foe’s attack.

4) What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?

5) Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Colin O'Boyle

Colin wears many hats (only some of which are fedoras). He's a writer of strange and sundry things, from novellas about smugglers on a flying ship to short stories about the perfect prison of the future. He's also a student, currently pursuing a master's degree in creative writing. In his free time he likes to read (especially anthologies of the Year's Best speculative fiction), play video games (Borderlands 2 and Skyrim are practically an addiction), and he's working on creating a game of his own, a digital card game about Mad SCIENCE!