Exeter Book of Riddles Answers

Answers from the Exeter Book of Riddles



1. 1-3 — Storm

4 — Bell

5 — Shield

6 — Sun

7 — Swan

8 — Nightingale, or Mockingbird possibly

9 — Cuckoo

10 — Barnacle Goose

11 — Wine

12 — Ox becoming Leather

13 — Chickens

14 — Horn

15 — Vixen (possibly Badger)

16 — Anchor

17 — Beehive [see blog post: usually given as “Fortified Town” or “Ballista”]

18 — Wine-Jar (Amphora)

19 — Nobleman Riding (with Hawk)

20 — Sword

21 — Plough

22 — Charles’ Wain (a constellation, often identified with the Big Dipper)

23 — Bow [and Arrow]

24 — Magpie

25 — Onion (but shame on you)

26 — Book (possibly Bible)

27 — Mead

28 — Beer or Ale

29 — Sun and Moon

30 — Wood

31 — Bagpipe

32 — Ship

33 — Iceberg

34 — Rake

35 — Coat of Mail

36 — Ship (?)

37 — Bellows

38 — Calf

39 — Night and Day (?)

40 — Nature

41 — fragmentary (maybe Writing?)

42 — Cock and Hen

43 — Soul and Body

44 — Key

45 — Dough

46 — “Lot and his Family”

47 — Bookworm

48 — Chalice

49 — Bookcase

50 — Fire

51 — A Hand Writing

52 — Flail

53 — Battering-Ram

54 — Butter Churn

55 — Cross, most likely (though not at all indirect)

56 — Loom

57 — Music (or Poetry possibly) (often given as “Swallows”)

58 — [Riding-]Well

59 — Rosary (?)

60 — Reed Pen

61 — Shirt

62 — Poker

63 — Cup

64 — Nobleman Riding

65 — Onion

66 — Nature

67 — fragmentary (possibly Bible?)

68 — Ice (ASPR 68 & 69)

69 — Pipe (ASPR 70)

70 — ????? (ASPR gives my 69 & 70 as one riddle)

71 — unknown, fragmentary (Is that really a beet at the end there?)

72 — Calf

73 — Spear

74 — Water(?)

75 — Peeing (ASPR 75 & 76))

76 — Oyster (ASPR 77)

77 — too fragmentary to guess (ASPR 78)

78 — ???? (ASPR 79)

79 — War-Horn (ASPR 80)

80 — Weathercock (ASPR 81)

81 — too fragmenary to guess (ASPR 82)

82 — Metal or Ore (ASPR 83)

83 — Water (?) (ASPR 84)

84 — Fish in River (ASPR 85)

85 — “One-Eyed Seller of Garlic” (ASPR 86)

86 — Bellows(?) (ASPR 87)

87 — Antler, Inkhorn (ASPR 88)

88 — too fragmentary to guess (ASPR 89)

89 — Latin riddle – Solution uncertain (ASPR 90) [Christ, sans doute :) ]

90 — Key? (ASPR 91)

91 — Wood(?), the Covers of a Book (?) (ASPR 92)

92 — Inkhorn (ASPR 93)

93 — too fragmentary to guess (ASPR 94)

94 — Riddle (?) (ASPR 95)