Riddles by Neil Gaiman’s

Neil Gaiman is not the most well-known author, but he is very popular and has received more awards for writing than most authors. He has an affinity for riddles, including them in many of his works. One of the riddles from his works:

When there is a fire inside you i am still cold.

The answer to this riddle is a mirror.

For more riddles from this man visit Riddles of Gaiman

For some riddles for yourself visit Good Riddles Now’s kids riddles and answers section.

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Riddles and Homer

Most people who go through the American schooling system are somewhat familiar with Homer, the Greek poet. He, like most learned people of his time, loved riddles. In fact, it may have been a riddle that killed him. Homer went to an oracle who told him when he went to Ios he would encounter some boys who would tell him a riddle, marking his death. Some say he tripped and died while trying to solve this riddle:

We have what we did not find; what we did find we left behind.

Some boys who were fishing posed this riddle to him, but the true answer to the riddle is lice. Another famous riddle associated with him is the riddle of the Sphinx, a riddle posed to a character in Homer’s epic the Odyssey:

What is that which in the morning goeth upon four feet; upon two feet in the afternoon; and in the Evening upon three?”

The answer to this common riddle is man.

For more information about Homer and his riddles visit Riddles of Homer.

For some more great riddles visit Good Riddles Now’s good riddles section.

Riddles from Socrates

The father of philosophy, Socrates, was also a man of riddles. The most popular one comes from the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle is asked by a man:

Is anyone wiser than Socrates?

The Oracle answers simply with “no!” This becomes a riddle for Socrates and he must find out why this Oracle said he is the wisest person since he knows that he is not. Eventually he comes to the conclusion that his wisdom comes from the fact that he can admit that he does not always know the answer, unlike other wise men.

For more about Socrates and his riddles visit Riddle of Socrates.

For a few great riddles of your own visit Good Riddles Now’s hard riddles section.

Riddles of Robert Langdon (Dan Brown)

Dan Brown is a great author, one of the greatest of our time and has become wildly popular recently for his novels staring Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor. These books have a lot of great riddles that have been taken from real history and combined into the story in a comprehensive way. One of his riddle from one of his novels Angels and Demons:

From Santi’s Earthly Tomb with Demons Hole,
‘Cross Rome the mystic elements unfold,
The Path of Light is laid, the sacred test,
Let angels guide you on your lofty quest.

The meaning of this riddle dictates Robert Langdon’s movements across Rome and the Vatican in attempting to save the city itself and four of the cardinals who are up to be the next pope. For the answer to the riddle and more on Dan Brown’s riddles visit Riddles of Dan Brown

For some great riddles of your own visit Good Riddles Now’s kids riddles section.

Riddles From Jane Austen

Jane Austen, the great author of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and many other great novels about women and their obsession with marriage, was also a great riddler. She wrote many riddles throughout her career. Most notably, those in her novel ‘Emma’. Here is one of her riddles:

When my first is a task to a young girl of spirit,
And my second confines her to finish the piece,
How hard is her fate! but how great is her merit
If by taking my whole she effects her release!

The answer to this is that the first is hem and the second is lock. Combine these and the whole is ‘hemlock’. 

For more riddles from Jane Austen visit Riddles of Jane Austen

For some more great riddles to solve visit Good Riddles Now.

Riddles Unanswered

Most of the riddles we read about and hear have a definite answer but this isn’t the case for all riddles. For example:

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?

This is a fairly popular riddle and usually we think the answer is 1 because only ‘I’ is going to St. Ives. But actually,  0, 1, 2, 7, 9, 2753, 2800 and 2802 are all possible answers. Riddles like this are ambiguous and allow for several different answers. For more famous ambiguous riddle visit Four Unsolved Riddles.

For more great riddles visit Good Riddles Now.

Riddles From Movies

For some funny riddles visit Good Riddles Now.

Movies and Riddles are often coupled in an effort to create suspense and intelligence. Every time a riddle is reveled in a movie it creates a countdown, if the riddle isn’t solved quickly enough the protagonist will fail and all of their efforts will have been for nothing. An example of this is in National Treasure when Ben Gates must find the treasure and throughout the entire story he is given several riddles that create a sense of urgency as his old partner Ian also tries to get the treasure. This urgency can be felt in the trailer.

Intelligence is the other aspect of these riddles. The character that solves the riddle and eventually triumphs is characterized as the genius of the story, a character trait that has always been very appealing in stories.

Here are some riddles from some of the greatest movies of our time (all of the answers to the riddles listed here and more riddles from the movie can be found at the link):

1. Riddles of National Treasure

The legend writ, the stain affected. The key in Silence undetected. Fifty-five in iron pen, Mr. Matlack can’t offend.

2. Riddles of the Da Vinci Code (the riddles below are all anagrams).

13-3-2-21-1-1-8-5
O, Draconian devil!
Oh, lame saint! 

3. Riddles of Star Wars

I’m looking for a planet described
to me by an old friend. I trust
him. But the system doesn’t show
up on the archive maps.

4. Riddles of Harry Potter (part 1)

Come seek us where our voices sound, 
We cannot sing above the ground, 
And while you’re searching ponder this; 
We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, 
An hour long you’ll have to look, 
And to recover what we took, 
But past an hour, the prospect’s black, 
Too late it’s gone, it won’t come back. 
(egg song) from movie: 
Come seek us where our voices sound, 
We cannot sing above the ground, 
An hour long you’ll have to look, 
To recover what we took.

5. Riddles of Harry Potter (part 2)

The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies…and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not…and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies…

6. Riddles of Batman

If you look at the numbers on my face, you won’t find thirteen any place. 

7. Riddles of the Hobbit

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