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Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

Test yourself with these ten riddles from the seventh-century, part of Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, translated by A.M. Juster and published by the University of Toronto Press.

Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, translated and edited by A. M. Juster, was created in the seventh-century by the seventh-century bishop Saint Aldhelm, who is considered to be one of the finest poets of Anglo-Saxon England. His work, Aenigmata, offers one hundred riddles.


“There has always been a kind of riddle that, by reason of wit and beauty, is undeniably a poem. Bishop Aldhelm was a great continuator of the tradition, and A.M. Juster has given us Aldhelm in spirited and accurate verse translations. Among my favourite are the riddles for organ, squid, dove, and mouser, but Juster has handsomely rendered them all.” ~ Richard Wilbur, second United States poet laureate

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