Can You Solve This 5 Famous Riddles In History?

From the time of Ancient Sumerians, riddles have been a source of not only fun but also knowledge. Throughout the ages, riddles were a sort of a mental exercise that never become obsolete. Even today, people enjoy solving them. In this article, we are going to show you some of the most legendary riddles in human history. The answers will be posted below, at the end of the list.

#1 Ancient Sumerian Riddle

Sumerians were an ancient civilization that has existed nearly 4,000 years ago. These people ruled the lands of modern-day Iraq, boasting an advanced civilization that excelled in arts, military prowess, and politics. They also left us the oldest riddle in the world, and it goes:

“There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?”

#2 Sophocles – The Sphynx Riddle

Written in the fifth century BC, Sophocles’ Oedipus The King is one of the most celebrated works of literature in history. In the book, poor Oedipus who fulfills his destiny even as he’s trying to avoid it, meets the Sphynx and is tasked with answering its riddle. It goes:

 “What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?”

#3 Eighteen Century English Riddle

This riddle is a part of English folklore and it started as a nursery rhyme. Eventually, it started being used like a riddle among the Brits. The riddle also “appears” in the movie Die Hard 3 in which the villain asks Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson to solve it in 30 seconds or a bomb will explode. The riddle goes:

“As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?”

#4 The Hobbit – Golum’s Riddle

Written by J. R. R. Tolkien, the book “Hobbit” also includes a riddle. The main protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, finds himself riddle-solving for his life to escape from the underground lair of the evil Gollum. Gollum asks him this:

“This thing all things devours;
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats mountain down.”

#5 Jane Austen: Emma’s riddle

In Jane Austen’s novel “Emma” (1815), the title character outwits a mercenary suitor when she successfully solves his riddle. When trying to solve this, think about the two characters and the situation that they’re in. It goes:

“My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings,
Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease.
Another view of man, my second brings,
Behold him there, the monarch of the seas!”

THE ANSWERS:

Now that you have thought a bit about all this, the time has come for us to present you with the answers:

  1. School
  2. Human (man and woman both counts)
  3. One (only the one who sings the verse goes there, the rest are back from St. Ives)
  4. Time
  5. Courtship (the first part, which “displays the wealth and pomp of kings,” represents the “court” part of the word, and the second part, “the monarch of the seas,” is the “ship.”)

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