Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/Bibliographical Note

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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE


There have been five editions of the Riddles in the last fifty years, and a number of learned articles—those which I have found most useful are cited in the appropriate places.

Tupper, Frederick, Jr. The Riddles of the Exeter Book, Boston, 1910. Pp. cxi, 292. The most elaborate edition, with a long introduction, full notes, and a Glossary.

Wyatt, A. J. Old English Riddles, Boston and London, 1912. Pp. xxxix, 193. Small but with a good Introduction, spare notes, and a Glossary.

Trautmann, Moritz. Die Altenglischen Rätsel. Heidelberg, 1915. Pp. xix, 203. A condensed edition, with notes and Glossary.

Mackie, W. S. The Exeter Book, Part II. London, 1934. E.E.T.S. 194. Pp. 88–151, 190–91, 202–39. Text, with line-for-line translation on facing pages; no notes, no Glossary.

Krapp, George Philip, and Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie. The Exeter Book, New York, 1936. Pp. lxv–lxvii, 180–210, 224–25, 229–43, 321–52, 361 f., 366–82. Introduction, condensed notes, no Glossary.


Note: The editors have numbered the Riddles differently but all agree for Nos. 1–67, except that Tupper has the Quondam First Riddle as 1 and it is necessary to subtract one from his references; and Trautmann treats 1, 2, 3, as 1 and it is necessary to add two to his numbering. Also Trautmann and Krapp–Dobbie make two riddles of 68, 69. Wyatt omits the Latin riddle. Thus in tabular view:

Tupper Wyatt Trautmann Mackie Krapp–Dobbie
69 68 66,67 68 68,69
70
 
69
 
68
 
69
 
70
 
89 88 87 88 89
90 om. 88 89 90 (Latin)
91 89 89 90 91
92 90 90 91 92
93 91 91 92 93
94 92 92 93 94
95 93 93 94 95

With the translations above I have added in parentheses the numbering of the Krapp–Dobbie edition.