|tanithryudo (tanithryudo) wrote,|
@ 2004-02-02 09:31:00
YvtW: Sphinx Riddles
In prep. for the sphinx scenes in YvtW, I'm going to need some good riddles to draw on...
This site has 2 good ones on the top, though I might reword them a bit...
"At night I arrive, un-fetched.
By day I am lost, but not stolen.
What am I?"
"I am always to be, yet never was.
None ever saw me, nor ever will.
I am the confidence of all who live and breathe,
And the despair of all under mortal time.
What am I?"
Who makes me, has no need of me.
Who buys me, has no use for me.
Who uses me, can neither see or feel me.
Whilst the pharoah was engaged in sitting
He spied the dead carrying the living.
What did he see?
Whoever makes me, tells me not.
Whoever takes me, knows me not.
Whoever knows me, wants me not.
I am all about, but cannot be seen.
I can be captured, but cannot be held.
I have no throat, but can be heard.
Until I am measured, I am not known.
Yet many miss me, when I have flown.
I go around in circles, but always straight ahead.
I never complain, no matter where I am led.
Each morn I lie at your feet.
All day I follow you, no matter how you flee.
Yet I nearly perish, 'neath the midday sun.
I am seen in the water.
I am seen in the sky.
I am in the rainbow, the jay, and lapis lazuli.
I build up temples; I tear down mountains.
I make some blind, and help others see.
XII. (Tolkien riddle)
A box without hinges, key, or lid
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
Once I was water, full of scaly fish;
But, by a new decision, Fate has changed
My nature: having suffered fiery pangs,
I now gleam white, like ashes or bright snow.
I welcome the day with a show of light,
I steathily came here in the night.
I bathe the earthy stuff at dawn,
But by the noon, alas! I'm gone.
Large as a mountain, small as a pea,
Endlessly swimming in a waterless sea.
The more of me you take,
The more of me you leave behind.
When one does not know what I am, then I am something;
When one knows what I am, then I am nothing.
What is so fragile that to speak its name is to break it?
What is it which swallows what is before it and what is behind it
As well as anyone who is watching?
Two people share a full barrel of wine. They have a dipper to transfer the wine, and a somewhat smaller second barrel for the other share.
How can they share it evenly?