Quest:The Riddle-game

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The Riddle-game
Level 36
Type Solo
Starts with Bilbo Baggins
Starts at The Hall of Fire
Start Region Rivendell
Map Ref [29.6S, 3.3W]
Ends with Lindir
Ends at The Hall of Fire
End Region Rivendell
Map Ref [29.6S, 3.3W]
Quest Group Trollshaws
Quest Chain The Riddle-game
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Hello there, friend <race>. I wonder if you can help out an old hobbit who is not as spry as he used to be? Lindir and I are playing a friendly riddle-game. Here is his latest:

'I often hold your hand,
But I have no hands wherewith to hold.
I often sleep in summer,
But I do my best when it grows cold.
I often lose my mate,
But I feel no sorrow, if truth be told.

'If truth be told, I'm quite stumped! Speak to Lindir about it -- it could be he has forgotten an important line or two.'

Background

Bilbo has asked you to help out in a riddle-game he is playing with Lindir:

I often hold your hand,
But I have no hands wherewith to hold.
I often sleep in summer,
But I do my best when it grows cold.
I often lose my mate,
But I feel no sorrow, if truth be told.

Objective 1

Lindir is standing with Bilbo in The Hall of Fire.

Bilbo has asked you to speak with Lindir about the riddle he asked the old hobbit.

Lindir: Lindir smiles. 'I thought for once I would try one of the homely riddles that Bilbo loves so well, rather than an involved mystery of Elf-lore. And so it seems that with his mind in the clouds of Sindarin poetry, our friend here cannot solve old-fashioned riddles of the hobbit-kind.
'But I will give you the hint I gave Bilbo. The answer to this riddle can be found here in The Last Homely House. Just find the answer and bring it here to solve the riddle.'

Objective 2

  • Find an item that solves Lindir's riddle

The answer to Lindir's riddle lies somewhere in Rivendell. Lindir is in the Last Homely House in Rivendell.

Lindir is waiting for you to bring him whatever thing is the answer to his riddle.

Found a pair of work-gloves
  • Bring the gloves to Lindir at the Last Homely House


Lindir: 'Ha! Well done. The answer fits like a glove, does it not?'
Bilbo shakes his head ruefully. 'You have out-foxed me, Lindir! I was rummaging through all my small stock of Elf-lore searching for some poem or tale to fit the verse, but I should have been thinking of more prosaic things, after all. I wonder if you can answer my next little puzzle, though, my friend!'