Commentary for Riddle 66

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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
Media of outputWebsite
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationThe Riddle Ages
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2017

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  • Exeter Book
  • Old English
  • Riddles


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