The ninety six Anglo Saxon riddles in the eleventh century Exeter Book are poems of great charm, zest, and subtlety Ranging from natural phenomena such as icebergs and storms at sea to animal and bird life, from the Christian concept of the creation to prosaic domestic objects such as a rake and a pair of bellows , and from weaponry to the peaceful pursuits of music anThe ninety six Anglo Saxon riddles in the eleventh century Exeter Book are poems of great charm, zest, and subtlety Ranging from natural phenomena such as icebergs and storms at sea to animal and bird life, from the Christian concept of the creation to prosaic domestic objects such as a rake and a pair of bellows , and from weaponry to the peaceful pursuits of music and writing, they are full of sharp observation, earthy humour and, above all, a sense of wonder The main text of this volume contains Kevin Crossley Holland s newly revised translations of seventy five fascinating and discursive riddles all those not very badly damaged or impenetrably obscure while a further sixteen are translated in the notes These translations are very widely anthologised in Britain and the USA Sir Arthur Bliss and William Mathias set some of them to music, Ralph Steadman has illustrated them and Michael Fairfax has incorporated them in his Riddle Sculpture.
The Exeter Book Riddles The ninety six Anglo Saxon riddles in the eleventh century Exeter Book are poems of great charm zest and subtlety Ranging from natural phenomena such as icebergs and storms at sea to animal and bird
I m a strange creature, for I satisfy women,a service to the neighbours No one suffersat my hands except for my slayer.I grow very tall, erect in a bed,I m hairy underneath From time to timea beautiful girl, the brave daughterof some churl dares to hold me,grips my russet skin, robs me of my headand puts me in the pantry At once that girlwith plaited hair who has confined meremembers our meeting Her eye moistens.It is good to know that even in those ancient times that in between fighting each ot [...]
Anglo saxon riddle poems Some easy to work out the solution, some damn near impossible to the modern mind.Beautifully translated and full of rich imagery.
Il libro dei Riddles of Exeter La parola inglese riddle significa indovinello Io preferisco tradurla con enigma perch il termine ha un non so che di complesso, oscuro e misterioso Complessit , oscurit e mistero sono elementi che vengono da lontano, dalle origini del tempo, allorquando inizi l affascinante storia delle parole e dei nomi la Creazione Fu allora che nacque la storia degli inganni, in quel giardino dell Eden dove gli uomini, perpetrata la disubbidienza e perduta l innocenza, vennero [...]
This is a collection of Old English riddles, from around the time of Beowulf They are each one page poems, rather than simply a couple of lines, like you might think of a riddle e.g what s black and white and read all over The riddles are interesting because the first time you read each riddle, it is describing some nebulous monster The monster may have impossible, contradictory, or magical properties Then you read the solution provided in the notes and reread the riddle, and see the other meani [...]
Beautifully translated and he was kind enough to sign my copy with ic wiht geseah.
My head is forged with the hammer,hurt with sharp tools, smoothed by files I take in my mouth what is set before me when girded with rings I am forced to strike, hard against hard, pierced from behind, must draw forth what protects at midnight the heart s delight of my own lord Sometimes I turn backwards my beak, when, protector of treasure, my lord wishes to hold the leavings of those he had driven from life by battle craft for his own desire Key Me the wet ground, exceeding cold, first brought [...]
I was greatly helped by Kevin Crossley Holland s introduction to this edition and was particularly interested in the parallel that he notes between riddle and instruction Crossley Holland writes, The word riddle derives from the Old English r dan, to advise, to counsel, to guide, to explain And in a wide sense a riddle does teach it presents the old in new ways To men sitting at the mead bench, listening to the professional poet or taking the harp and themselves improvising, the riddle redefined [...]
Wow Talk about a serious mindbender If you think you re good at puzzles and riddles, then you need to read The Exeter Book of Riddles translated by Kevin Crossley Holland This took me a long time to read because I tried to figure out all the riddles, which were nearly impossible.
Some of these are hilarious.