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    Bardic Lore - Riddles of the Maze
    Posted on Thu, July 18, 2002 by Dogadmin
    MerricB writes "Three riddles collected by Cirrem, the Dreamer-Minstrel, during his travels into the Great Kingdom of the Aerdy. Their meaning is obscure to modern scholars, but may be a vital clue to the final days of the Great Kingdom.

    Author: MerricB

    Bardic Lore - Riddles of the Maze
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    Cirrem, known as the Dreamer-Minstrel, was well known for his travels over the Flanaess. He wrote extensive journals describing these travels, and some fragments of his lore have survived to the present day.

    These three riddles were apparently heard during a visit to the Royal Court of the Overking of the Aerdy.

    Riddle the First

    Sightless eyes, flightless feathers,
    Postures stiff and claws kept keen;
    Why is it that they move swift?
    Keeper halts with key in hand.

    Riddle the Second

    Ladies fair, with eyes for me,
    Ladies fair, with lips so red.
    Ladies fair, their hair unbound,
    Duty calls - I must leave.

    Riddle the Third

    I saw him first in toothless youth
    Then in learning proud,
    The years did pass, and he did change,
    Recorded all, I saw.

    Mastery does not come soon,
    Though talent knows the way.
    Was what I saw the way it is?
    Or what is yet to come?

    The view I saw, may be no more,
    Or may be more than truth.
    Or truth itself is lost in strokes
    That eye and touch deceive.

    Their meaning is now obscure, but may be of use to those reconstructing the final days of the Great Kingdom of the Aerdy.

    Note: Aerdy, Great Kingdom"
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    Re: Bardic Lore - Riddles of the Maze (Score: 1)
    by grodog on Mon, August 19, 2002
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    Hey Merric---

    Should we be posting guesses/solutions to these? :-)


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