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Here is a riddle from the Hobbit.

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.

What am I talking about?

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  • $\begingroup$ I am just curious, but why are there many down-votes? $\endgroup$ – Kritixi Lithos Jun 23 '15 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ You are probably being down-voted because this riddle is fairly well known, and you even said exactly where the riddle is from. Also, you didn't say anything prohibiting using the internet. That's what I would guess, though I just saw this riddle. $\endgroup$ – AJL Jun 23 '15 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ This is from Smeagol $\endgroup$ – Luis Masuelli Jun 23 '15 at 23:13
  • $\begingroup$ A really angry invincible monster with an eating disorder! I think i got it. $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 10 '16 at 9:31
  • $\begingroup$ @AJL why does he need to explicitly say dont cheat? $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jun 25 '16 at 3:50
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TIME

This thing all things devour; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;

All the things consume TIME - birds, beasts, trees , flowers everything devour TIME they age by time, never the same.

Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal;

Once the Mining (referring the dwarfs mine place) place that could earn and keep itself busy would stop one day - TIME can change anything.

Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountain down.

the kings and towns which are once wealthy will have to be abandoned and they are destroyed not even mountains are left over time they have to change - TIME matters Most. No matter what comes on its way , it will never stop, everybody has to surrender under one that is "TIME".

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