Tolkien trivia question and answer #44

Tolkien trivia question and answer #44

Yesterday’s trivia question was one of the riddles from the repartee between Bilbo and Gollum in “The Hobbit”: “Thirty white horses on a red hill, first they champ, then they stamp, then they stand still.” The answer is “teeth” although several people guessed “chestnuts,” which was very confusing to me until I was reminded of the exact phrasing. Bilbo poses the riddle to Gollum:

[The riddle] was rather an old one, too, and Gollum knew the answer as well as you do.

“Chestnuts, chestnuts,” he hissed. “Teeth! teeth! my preciousss; but we has only six!”

“Chestnuts” is not the answer; a “chestnut” is an old, oft-told anecdote or tale or joke as in, “That’s an old chestnut. I’ve heard it a thousand times.” Gollum was calling the riddle an old chestnut.

Anyway, today’s question is again from “The Hobbit”: “What did Bilbo say that was roughly akin to ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’?” Answer tomorrow.

The original blog post on this trivia feature is here.

51:10

Technorati Tags:, ,

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

Archives

Categories

Categories