Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/8


8 (K-D 50)

A warrior is wondrously     brought into the world
for the use of lords     by two dumb things;
brightly extracted,     which for his hurt
foe bears against foe.     Strong though he is
a woman binds him.     He obeys them well,
serves them quietly,     if maids and men
tend him duly,     feed him fairly.
He exalts them in comfort     for their joy in life,
grimly rewards one     who lets him grow proud.

Probably Fire, the two dumb things (l. 2) being flint and steel.