This website builds on work from The Riddle Ages blog, which was active from 2013-2020. The aim of that blog was to provide Modern English translations of all the Old English riddles found in the late 10th-century Exeter Book, along with commentaries on interesting aspects of each riddle.

The website you’re visiting was funded by the AHRC “Group Identity and the Early Medieval Riddle Tradition” project. The website’s aim is to provide translations of the entire early medieval riddle tradition — including the 7th- and 8th-century Latin riddles that inspired the Old English riddles.

You can find original texts, their translations, and commentaries by clicking through the “Riddle Collections” tab at the top of the page.

Keep an eye on the home page for announcements, as we work our way through the new content.

How to Cite this Website:

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  • The Riddle Ages: Early Medieval Riddles, Translations and Commentaries, ed. by Megan Cavell, with Matthias Ammon, Neville Mogford, Jennifer Neville, Alexandra Reider and Victoria Symons (2013; redeveloped 2020), https://theriddleages.com.

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