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I noticed that puzzling stack exchange didn't have my favorite riddle. It isn't too uncommon so someone else might have heard it (and a quick google search can easily find the answer) but someone out there might enjoy it as much as I do. So here it is:

In a marble hall white as milk,

lined with skin as soft as silk.

Within a fountain crystal-clear,

a golden apple doth appear.

No doors there are to this stronghold,

yet thieves break in to steal its gold.

What is it?

Hint:

"thieves" is a strong word. If a person owns the marble hall then they also own the gold.

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if this is similar enough to be called a duplicate? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 25 '15 at 10:04
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I wouldn't think of this as a duplicate. They have the same answer but are different riddles. $\endgroup$ – SkySpiral7 May 25 '15 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of the clues are similar too... I see your point though, which is why I haven't actually voted to close. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 25 '15 at 16:33
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Is this simply:

An egg

In a marble hall white as milk,

The eggshell

lined with skin as soft as silk.

Whatever the skin inside the shell is called

Within a fountain crystal-clear,

The white of the egg is clear(ish)

a golden apple doth appear.

The yolk

No doors there are to this stronghold,

No doors in an egg

yet thieves break in to steal its gold.

Birds and other predators will prefer to eat the yolk

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  • $\begingroup$ Your last point was insightful: I didn't know some animals did that. The riddle makes more sense to me now. $\endgroup$ – SkySpiral7 May 25 '15 at 14:14

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