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The fact that this comparison occurs in a riddlic context, as a prelude to a riddle contest of sorts between Solomon and Saturn, makes this passage particularly relevant.
The Indian may have recognized this performative atmosphere and turned a single straightforward question into a riddle contest, knowing that the make-believe world of performance and play allowed him to challenge his social superior.
THE ring is currently in the hands of a Hobbit called Bilbo Baggins, who won it in a riddle contest from the odious Gollum, a reptilian fallen Hobbit.