Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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p. vii

Part One

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Introduction

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pp. 3-52

The Old English riddles are a metaphoric and metamorphic celebration of life in the eye of the Anglo-Saxon. Metaphoric because each riddlic creature takes on the guise of another: the nightingale is an evening poet, mead is a wrestler, the sword a celibate thane, the silver wine-cup a seductress. ...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 53-56

Part Two

The Riddles

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pp. 59-154

Part Three

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Notes and Commentary

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pp. 157-220

The Commentary contains a discussion of individual riddles, their probable and possible solutions, their sources and analogues if any, their literary play, and the critical and cultural contexts in which they may usefully be viewed. In sketching both medieval and postmedieval literary treatments of riddle ...

Bibliography for Notes and Commentary

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pp. 221-224

Index of Solutions

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pp. 225-230

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Acknowledgments

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p. 231

Research on portions of the book was funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Swarthmore College. Thanks go to my friends at Swarthmore and elsewhere who read portions of the book and offered suggestions--Charles Balestri, Mark Booth, John Hinchey, Marie Nelson ...