Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/34
|I know a thing with a single foot
doing deeds of might. It travels not
nor rides much, nor can it fly
through the clear air; nor does ship carry it,
a boat with nailed planks. It is nevertheless
useful to its master at many times.
It has a heavy tail and a small head
and a long tongue. It has no tooth;
part is of iron. It goes through a hollow.
It swallows no water, it eats nothing,
it desires no fodder. Often notwithstanding
it bears water aloft. It boasts not of life
or of gifts from its chief. It obeys nonetheless
its master’s word. In its name there are
three real runes. Rād is the first.
|Ic wat anfete ellen dreogan|
wiht on wonge wide ne fereð
ne fela rideð ne fleogan mæg
þurh scirne dæg ne hie scip fereð
naca nægledbord nyt bið hwæþre
hyre monegum tidum
hafað hefigne steort heafod lytel
tungan lange toð nænigne
Isernes dæl eorðgræf pæþeð
wætan ne swelgeþ ne wiht Iteþ
foþres ne gitsað fereð oft swa þeah
lagoflod on lyfte life ne gielpeð
hlafordes gifum hyreð swa þeana
þeodne sinum þry sind In naman
ryhte runstafas þara is rād .