Here is a list of solutions for the Exeter Book Riddles as numbered in the translation. In many cases, answers are just provisional, and still the subject of some discussion. If multiple possibilities are possible, I’ll give the best or most likely. In some very few instances, my idea of the solution differs from the generally accepted range.

 

[1-3] — Storm (numbered as ASPR, but taken as one poem)

4 — Bell

5 — Shield

6 — Sun

7 — Swan

8 — Nightingale, or Mockingbird possibly

9 — Cuckoo

10 — Barnacle Goose

11 — Wine

12 — Ox becoming Leather

13 — Chickens

14 — Horn

15 — Vixen (possibly Badger)

16 — Anchor

17 — Beehive [see blog post: usually given as “Fortified Town” or “Ballista”]

18 — Wine-Jar (Amphora)

19 — Nobleman Riding (with Hawk)

20 — Sword

21 — Plough

22 — Charles’ Wain (a constellation, often identified with the Big Dipper)

23 — Bow [and Arrow]

24 — Magpie

25 — Onion (but shame on you)

26 — Book (possibly Bible)

27 — Mead

28 — Beer or Ale

29 — Sun and Moon

30 — Wood

31 — Bagpipe

32 — Ship

33 — Iceberg

34 — Rake

35 — Coat of Mail

36 — Ship (?)

37 — Bellows

38 — Calf

39 — Night and Day (?)

40 — Nature

41 — fragmentary (maybe Writing?)

42 — Cock and Hen

43 — Soul and Body

44 — Key

45 — Dough

46 — “Lot and his Family”

47 — Bookworm

48 — Chalice

49 — Bookcase

50 — Fire

51 — A Hand Writing

52 — Flail

53 — Battering-Ram

54 — Butter Churn

55 — Cross, most likely (though not at all indirect)

56 — Loom

57 — Music (or Poetry possibly) (often given as “Swallows”)

58 — [Riding-]Well

59 — Rosary (?)

60 — Reed Pen

61 — Shirt

62 — Poker

63 — Cup

64 — Nobleman Riding

65 — Onion

66 — Nature

67 — fragmentary (possibly Bible?)

68 — Ice (ASPR 68 & 69)

69 — Pipe (ASPR 70)

70 — ????? (ASPR gives my 69 & 70 as one riddle)

71 — unknown, fragmentary (Is that really a beet at the end there?)

72 — Calf

73 — Spear

74 — Water(?)

75 — Peeing (ASPR 75 & 76))

76 — Oyster (ASPR 77)

77 — too fragmentary to guess (ASPR 78)

78 — ???? (ASPR 79)

79 — War-Horn (ASPR 80)

80 — Weathercock (ASPR 81)

81 — too fragmenary to guess (ASPR 82)

82 — Metal or Ore (ASPR 83)

83 — Water (?) (ASPR 84)

84 — Fish in River (ASPR 85)

85 — “One-Eyed Seller of Garlic” (ASPR 86)

86 — Bellows(?) (ASPR 87)

87 — Antler, Inkhorn (ASPR 88)

88 — too fragmentary to guess (ASPR 89)

89 — Latin riddle – Solution uncertain (ASPR 90) [Christ, sans doute :) ]

90 — Key? (ASPR 91)

91 — Wood(?), the Covers of a Book (?) (ASPR 92)

92 — Inkhorn (ASPR 93)

93 — too fragmentary to guess (ASPR 94)

94 — Riddle (?) (ASPR 95)