A Riddle from the Hobbit

Gollum and the Ring

Gollum and the Ring

 

Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters

The Flaxen Horse Riddle

horse tail

 

An iron horse has a flaxen tail. The faster the horse runs, the shorter his tail. What am I?

The Table of Faust

Mr. Faust

Mr. Faust

It has been a long, grueling day, but you are feeling particularly proud of yourself for solving several knotty problems. You duck into a bar for a celebratory drink. As you are finishing your second cocktail, you notice an odd-looking man of indeterminate age staring at you. You stare back and he smiles. “Buy you a drink?” he asks. You chuckle and accept. “Would you like to play a game?” he asks. “What kind of game?”  “A coin game.” He smiles. “Over here.” He leads you to a round table set off in a corner towards the back of the bar. Alongside the table are stacks of quarters. “My nave is Faust,” he says, without offering his hand. “If you beat me in this game I have the power to grant you whatever it is you desire most. But if I beat you, you cannot leave here but must follow me wherever I take you. Do you still want to play?” You take a sip of your drink. “How do we play?” you ask. “This is a perfectly round table.,” he explains. “The quarters are perfectly round. We take turns placing a quarter on the table. The quarter must lay flat. They must touch and they cannot overlap. The first of us who cannot place a quarter on the table loses.” You put down your unfinished drink. “I will play,” you respond.

Explain how you defeat Mr. Faust.

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