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).



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"

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