Commentary for Riddle 66

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Abstract

Riddle 66 is the second of the three “Creation Riddles” in the Exeter Book (Riddles 40, 66 and 94). Although it’s common to find several riddles with the same answer – or which seem to have the same answer – the creation riddles are unusual because they are all versions of the same riddle, just “edited” a bit. (Or in the case of Riddle 94, a lot.)
All riddles have a trick at their heart: a paradox, an ambiguity, a misdirection; the thing that makes the riddle hard to solve. It’s the thing that makes a riddle a riddle.
Original languageEnglish
TypeCommentary
Media of outputWebsite
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationThe Riddle Ages
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2017

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Keywords

  • Exeter Book
  • Old English
  • Riddles

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