All Things Devours

This thing all things devours,
Birds, beasts, trees, and flowers.
Gnaws iron bites steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down

Time. Iron, steel, stone and virtually any substance will be worn down given enough time.

(From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit)

Posted in Riddles


16 Comments on "All Things Devours"

darelle says
February 5, 2015 @ 05:04


Andrew says
March 19, 2015 @ 08:05

It’s easy, TIME devours everything……

alice says
September 28, 2016 @ 10:53

i felt stupid after i knew the answer

Mei says
November 23, 2016 @ 17:12

time. time is the answer

Keith Alan Castillo says
December 3, 2016 @ 09:24

entropy I think also works

misty says
February 4, 2017 @ 21:48


Jane says
July 17, 2017 @ 11:55

We had this riddle in school I am in year 5, my teacher gives us a riddle each day with early morning work. At first I thought it was fire because fire can destroy stone into powdery meal, when I found out that it was really time I felt really stupid for not knowing it the first time. If I actually used my BRAIN then I would have got it correct!

Logan says
June 17, 2018 @ 21:47

I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned the fact this is from The Hobbit.

Dan says
June 19, 2018 @ 10:04

@Logan Uh, it says “From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit” in the answer.

Miki says
August 28, 2018 @ 19:53

I believe that water would also be possible. There is not a substance that hasn’t utilized water in its raw forming state or during its processing. Kings can be slain by water in many ways. Both iron and steel deminish and fade under waters influence,carves paths through mountains and water conditions by flooding or tainted water ruin towns. I get that it my be a stretch but could fit too in my eyes.

Bree says
October 14, 2020 @ 00:00

Ok. R they just doing this on purpose, or what?

Elliott says
December 10, 2020 @ 11:10

time, i knew it from the hobbit

chalyse says
February 28, 2021 @ 16:21

Time. Iron, steel, stone and virtually any substance will be worn down given enough time.

Jak says
August 6, 2021 @ 12:47

I feel dumb now.

Arwen says
October 18, 2021 @ 16:01

Time… DUH!

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