Here it is, the Moyshelé Rosencrantz website, collecting articles and other material by and about
the author of Moyshelé Rosencrantz, Maker of Riddles. You'll find a wealth of articles on Moyshelé's
blog, covering material from his grandfather's two-year trek (by foot) from Russia to Israel in 1927-1929, a number of Moyshelé's
singable translations of the great French singer-songwriter Georges Brassens, his recordings of some of his favourite songs in Yiddish, and
his adventures in adoption land, not to mention regular book reviews.
Old English Riddles & Scops
Among other subjects, we deal on this site with Old English Literature in general, as transmitted
by the tribal scops and the monks which followed them (see introduction),
but also with riddles themselves, as they are manifested in any
culture, and especially with literary riddles, as in the following
delightful example from Maker of Riddles:
I'm awoken at twilight to work until bedtime,
Drops of my sweat slowly dripping down.
A steady worker, my size wanes,
Dwindling down with my decomposing spine -
Blow on my face, free me from my fate!
illustration by Philippe Tauzin
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A bit about Old English riddles...
The riddle to the left is taken from
Maker of Riddles, a book of modern day riddles in the Old
English style. It is inspired by the example of the Exeter Book,
an Old English manuscript dating back to the 10th century.
The manuscript itself is one of the few written remnants of a
rich oral tradition brought over by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes
as they invaded Roman Britain with the decline and fall of the
Roman Empire. Passed on by word of mouth over generations of itinerant
bards, or scops, the Anglo-Saxon literature ranges from
epic poems such as Beowulf to these simple, delightful enigmas,
describing everyday objects in a way which purposely leads the