Exeter Riddle 86


Date: Tue 06 Aug 2019
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Original text:

Wiht cwom gongan         þær weras sæton
monige on mæðle,         mode snottre;
hæfde an eage         ond earan twa,
ond II fet,         XII hund heafda,
hrycg ond wombe         ond honda twa,
earmas ond eaxle,         anne sweoran
ond sidan twa.         Saga hwæt ic hatte.


A creature came walking to where men sat
many in a meeting, wise in mind;
it had one eye and two ears,
and two feet, twelve hundred heads,
a back and a belly and two hands,
arms and shoulders, one neck
and two sides. Say what I am called.

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This riddle appears on folios 128v-129r of The Exeter Book.

The above Old English text is based on this edition: Elliott van Kirk Dobbie and George Philip Krapp, eds, The Exeter Book, Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records 3 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1936), page 238.

Note that this edition numbers the text Riddle 82: Craig Williamson, ed., The Old English Riddles of the Exeter Book (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1977), page 115.

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