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Why didn't Bilbo kill Gollum?


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Answered 2012-01-12 21:31:21

"Pity stayed his hand." Gollum was so pathetic that Bilbo didn't have the heart to harm him, especially as he (Bilbo) was invisible at the time.

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What was the deal between gollum and Bilbo?

Bilbo and Gollum agree to play the riddle game with each other. If Bilbo wins he will be free to go, but if Gollum wins he implies that he will kill and eat Bilbo.


Why does Bilbo kill gollum?

He doesn't kill Gollum, Gollum dies in The Return Of The King by falling into Mount Doom with the one ring.


Does gollum like Bilbo?

Considering that he tries to kill and eat Bilbo in "The Hobbit" and hates Frodo and Sam merely because they are related to Bilbo, I'd say that Gollum doesn't like Bilbo.


What is Bilbo and Gollum's game?

Bilbo and Gollum played riddles. If Gollum won he could eat Bilbo. If Bilbo won Gollum had to show Bilbo the way out of the cave.


What was the point of the competition between Gollum and Bilbo?

Gollum promised to show Bilbo the way out if Bilbo won. And Gollum was going to eat Bilbo if he could.


Why doesn't Bilbo kill Golllum to get away?

Bilbo felt pity for Gollum. Which is just as well because Gollum had a part to play in the adventures of Frodo and Sam.


Why did Bilbo slay golum?

Bilbo never killed Gollum, he spared his life after seeing how pitiful the creature was, he knew Gollum lost the only thing he loved, and Bilbo did not feel the need to kill him for that reason.


How are Bilbo and Gollum dissimilar?

Bilbo is hairy, Gollum is not. Bilbo is sane, Gollum is not. Even though both are controlled by the One Ring, Bilbo is better able to resist it. Bilbo eats his fish cooked, Gollum "preferses" them raw and juicy.


Why didn't Bilbo kill Gollum when he had the chance?

"It was pity that stayed Bilbo's blade." --Gandalf"Pity stayed his hand." Gollum was so pathetic that Bilbo didn't have the heart to harm him, especially as he (Bilbo) was invisible at the time.


What question does Bilbo ask that gollum cannot answer?

Bilbo asks Gollum "What's in my pocket" (the Ring) and Gollum cannot answer.


How did Bilbo win the riddle game with Gollum?

Bilbo said, talking to himself, "what have i got in my pocket?" (it was the Ring). Gollum thought it was a riddle and Bilbo decided to make it one. he gave Gollum three chances to guess and gollum lost after four. then gollum went "to get something" (it was the ring), and Bilbo thought he was abandoned and left with the ring on. Gollum thought Bilbo knew the way out and he wanted to follow him, realizing Bilbo had the ring. Bilbo saw Gollum racing towards the gate and followed him to safety.


What skills does Bilbo show in dealing with Gollum?

Once Gollum found out that he couldn't find his ring and the odd question from Bilbo about ''Whats in my pocket?'' Riddle then he though Bilbo must have the ring so he went back over to Bilbo but he was gone... really he just had the ring on so he was invisable. Gollum thought that Bilbo found the way out of the cave so he went to the Exit of the cave which techniaclly lead Bilbo to the exit so Bilbo got out by using a skill which was the skill he came up with by Gollum.Riddlesanswering riddles so Gollum won't kill him


Why did Bilbo pity Gollum?

Bilbo recognized that Gollum used to be much like him, and that he had the potential to become just like Gollum. He knew the pull the ring had on Gollum.


How does gollum help Bilbo escape in the hobbit book?

Gollum, believing that Bilbo already knows the way out of the cave, leads an invisible Bilbo to the exit. Gollum also believed Bilbo to have his ring (his precious), so he fervently searched for him. However, Bilbo not knowing the way out of the tunnels, indeed found freedom by following Gollum. And indeed Bilbo did have the magic ring and was able to follow Gollum undiscovered because the ring made him invisible.


Why does Bilbo steal the ring from gollum?

Bilbo doesn't really steal it. He found it laying where Gollum lost it.


What does Gollum intend to do to Bilbo and why does Bilbo feel different towards Gollum than the goblins or trolls?

if Bilbo loses the riddles contest Gollum intended to eat him and take back "his precious" or the ring. Bilbo feels pitiful about Gollum whereas the goblins and trolls want him dead


Is gollum on The Hobbit good or bad?

Bad, he tried to kill Bilbo after he discovered he had the One ring


Why did Gollum hurry right past Bilbo?

Bilbo had put on his ring, so he was invisible. Gollum couldn't find him.


How does Gollum unexpectedly helps Bilbo in his escape?

After Bilbo puts on the Ring and turns invisible, Gollum cannot find him, and thinks he has made his way towards the exit. Gollum heads to the exit and Bilbo follows him.


Who did Bilbo meet at the waterfall?

Bilbo meets Gollum at the waterfall.


Why did Bilbo play a riddle game with Gollum?

Because Gollum said that if Bilbo won he would show him the way out of the cave.


How did Bilbo escape from the cave in The Hobbit?

In the Hobbit Bilbo escapes from the cave because Gollum thinks that he found his ring and knew the way out. So Gollum started to go to the exit but Bilbo had put on his ring and followed Gollum to the exit. However Gollum was blocking the exit because he was searching desperetly so Bilbo had to jump over him to escape. Gollum noticed the wind fly past him though but he didn't manage to catch Bilbo


What terms did Bilbo and Gollum agree to in chapter 5?

Bilbo finds himself in a cave after escaping the goblins. The cave is home to a creature who calls himself gollum. Gollum is in a mood because he has lost his precious(the ring in bilbo's pocket). Gollum challenges Bilbo to a riddles contest, if Bilbo loses Gollum gets to stew him in a pot and eat him. If Bilbo wins he gets to leave the cave uneaten. After a few riddles each bilbo realises Gollum is much better than himself, so cheats by asking "what is in my pocket?" When he faails to find the answer bilbo uses the ring to vanish from sight and escape.


What guess has Gollum made?

Gollum guesses that Bilbo has found his magic ring.


Would Gollum have spared Bilbo if he could have caught him?

Depends. If Bilbo had willingly given up the ring, Gollum might have been to distracted with the return of "His Precious" to hurt Bilbo. If Bilbo fought for it though, Gollum would without a doubt have killed him in some gruesome manner.


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