I am given at birth, at baptism, to the tonsured monk, and to the marker of death. I can be forgotten, erased, or changed; yet I can never be effaced. I am often forgotten by all mortal men who walk the earth. Everybody who walks the earth has one, it is the rare man who … More Thirty Second Riddle
I have held the greatest of weapons aloft, the one by which death was conquered, when St. Eustace saw me. I feed wolf, man, and raven. I am not a predator but I often kill the unwary. I may run in a herd or by my lonesome. In deepest cold I even eat bark, though … More Thirty First Riddle
“Want to hear a joke about a rhetorical question?”-Mr. N. Brennan (quoted from memory) “What question?”-Mr. Johnson
I can strike a million men at once, or more, although I come singly. I cannot be felt, seen, heard, smelled, or tasted. I came after the fall of man and am a curse and an inward pain. Loving company banishes me, but my sting may yet be felt in the midst of a thousand … More Twenty Ninth Riddle
I can grace a king or a farmer. My way is earthy and yet can climb high mountains, plumb the depths of the sea, or fly through the air with any human companion. Those who live with me in their hearts will be exalted beyond measure, yet never claim their due in this life or … More Twenty Eighth Riddle
I cannot be touched, caged, heard, smelled, or impeded. I can help man, woman, or child survive under the earth, below the sea, rocking on a boat, alone in the desert, or in the deepest throes of depression. Women have been named for me, the group of me consigned to me forlorn charged first into … More Twenty Seventh Riddle
I am a friend to the martyr, true soldiers, and moral men of peace alike. My opposite is needed for me to shine, without dear I am never really known. No good people doubt my worth. I can exist in male and female, strong and weak, poor and rich, Pagan and Christian, proud and humble. … More Twenty Sixth Riddle
What can save the glutton from a heart attack, an alcholic from delerium tremens, a country from war, a public person from shame, an angry man from hateful speech, and make even a dull man seem wise?
I bring down the wicked, but may bring down the good if misused. Sometimes my requirements are harsh. Some make their living seeking me, some by commiting crimes against me, some purely for their own benefit, and some pretend to seek me but really thwart me. Mercy may restrain me, but I can never be … More Twenty Fourth Riddle
What eludes the foolish one and can prevent frostbite, save crops, prevent bankruptcy, protect a merchant from theft, a young person from abduction, a teacher from humiliation, a thief from detection, and even a man from sin?