What Am I riddles are some of the most ancient of all riddles. They often require the use of good logic, and sometimes a flair for the written word. Often they use metaphors, so don't take them too literally. Other times they mean exactly what they say... That's what makes them so fun! Before you are 25 riddles that all ask the same question: What, or who, is the riddle talking about? It can be anything, from an animal to an idea, from a word to an occupation. Consider all options.
I Serve By Being Devoured
My life can be measured in hours. I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe.
What am I?
This was Gollum's final riddle from The Hobbit:
"This thing all things devours;
Bird, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slay king, ruins town,
and beats a mountain down."
I drift forever with the current down these long canals they've made. Tame, yet wild, I run elusive, multitasking to your aid. Before I came the world was a darker place. Colder, sometimes, rougher true. But though I might make living easy, I'm good at killing too.
What am I?
A favorite by Teddy Roosevelt:
"I talk, but I do not speak my mind
I hear words, but I do not listen to thoughts
When I wake, all see me
When I sleep, all hear me
Many heads are on my shoulders
Many hands are at my feet
The strongest steel cannot break my visage
But the softest whisper can destroy me
The quietest whimper can be heard."