From manuscript to manuscript: Two old English runic riddles

Louis Rodrigues

Resum

Riddling is a universal phenomenon with a noble and ancient lineage. The Vedas, the Koran, the Old Testament, classical Greek literature, all abound in examples of riddles and there is none better known than that of the Sphinx concerning the three ages of man. What is striking about some of these riddles is their similarity of theme throughout the world, where they appear at different times but are treated differently. This would suggest either a spontaneous origin based on similar observation or similar processes or else a common origin with dissemination through oral or written transmission.

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