The Great Book of Riddles: 250 Magnificent Riddles, Puzzles and Brain Teasers (The Great Books Series 1)
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I am wonderful help to women, The hope of something to come. I harm No citizen except my slayer. Rooted I stand on a high bed. I am shaggy below. Sometimes the beautiful Peasant's daughter, an eager-armed, Proud woman grabs my body, Rushes my red skin, holds me hard, Claims my head. The curly-haired Woman who catches me fast will feel Our meeting. Her eye will be wet.  Trans. by Craig Williamson, A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs (1982) One riddle, known as Exeter Book riddle 30 is found twice in the Exeter Book (with some textual variation), indicating that the Exeter Book was compiled from more than one pre-existing manuscript collection of Old English riddles.   Considerable scholarly effort has gone into reconstructing what these exemplars may have been like.  Do you have some other favorite book riddles that we have left off the list? Be sure to add them to the comments so we can try and solve them! You can Never Have Too Many Riddles! Complete List of Mind-Blowing Riddles!
James Paz, Nonhuman Voices in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Material Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017), pp. 17-26; http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=631090. Introduction to and audio extracts from the different languages spoken in Britain and Ireland in the early Middle Ages. About the Contributors The riddles we’ve included in this post are on folios 102 verso; 112v; 112v – 113 recto; 113r–v; 125v; 128v; 128v – 129r. Rachel A. Burns, ‘Riddling with Things’Q: I sit here collecting dust, I can wait forever to open me and you will not be disappointed, I can make you laugh, cry, and sad, I contain all the knowledge of the world, let me take you to a faraway land. Q: There are a number of books on a shelf. If one book is the 6th from the left and 4th from the right, how many books are on the shelf? A: There are 9 books on the shelf. Book riddles leave a lasting impression while reading. They make everyone laugh and scratch their head. Sometimes they are easy as pie, and other times they might find you scratching your head. So get ready to embark on a reading adventure as you try and solve these fun book riddles.
Martin Foys, et al. (eds) Old English Poetry in Facsimile Project (Madison, WI: Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, 2019-), with translations from the Old English Poetry Project, Aaron Hostetter (trans.). Elliott van Kirk Dobbie and George Philip Krapp (eds), The Exeter Book, Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records 3 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1936), digitised at https://web.archive.org/web/20181206091232/http://ota.ox.ac.uk/desc/3009 Q: A color is seen on a stoplight, an item you use to eliminate the darkness. What comic book character is it? A: Green Lantern.
Q: What did the robber say when he stole from the bookstore? A: “I had better book it out of here.” Q: Why did the book want to be a detective? A: So it could solve the mystery of the missing bookmark!