Inspired by this riddle, I've created a group of haikus each of which describes a well-known work of literature and its author.

  1. A mighty master
    Of small precious jewellery.
    A tollman eager.

  2. One half oft brings death,
    The other will end the first.
    A tollman's doll.

  3. Wibbly-wobbly balls,
    Turning round and round and round.
    An Arab nation.

  4. For the dozenth time,
    A darkness fills up the sky.
    A weapon trembling.

  5. A most strange story
    Told when the outside is cold.
    A weapon waving.

  6. A magic number
    Of fighting men armed with guns.
    This answer, mother.

  7. A creature or beast
    In a place where such are kept.
    For water, use sink ... ?

Partial answers will be upvoted. I'll accept the answer which solves whichever one of the seven is last to be solved (and therefore, presumably, the most difficult).


3 Answers 3



War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy -
War often brings death; Peace ends war. Toll's Toy is the doll.


Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan -
"wibbly wobbly" = timey wimey; wheels "turning round and round"

  • $\begingroup$ Updated to include #2, probably while you were commenting :) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 5, 2016 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ Yay, good job! You'll get the accepted answer for this :-) $\endgroup$ Oct 5, 2016 at 16:54
  • $\begingroup$ ... or WILL I? hehe $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 20, 2016 at 2:19


Lord of the Rings, Tolkien (Toll Keen)


Twelfth Night, Shakespeare (Shake Spear)


A Winter's Tale, Shakespeare (much less confident than 12th Night, don't think this would be used twice)


Three Musketeers, Dumas (Dew Mass?)


Animal Farm, Orwell (Or Well)

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    $\begingroup$ Good job, all correct so far ("ma", not "mass", for #6 - it's meant to work phonetically). $\endgroup$ Oct 5, 2016 at 16:49

I'll get the first, probably easiest one out of the way, because for now I haven't got any others.

1. Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien (Master of the Jewellery, Toll-Keen)


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