Riddles have been passed down through oral and written tradition since the earliest recorded times. Every major culture has riddles unique to them, but they all have the same goal: stumping listeners and testing the quick wits of the subject. From ancient koans designed by Buddha to the riddles Bilbo and Sméagol traded in J.R.R. Tolkein’s tale The Hobbit, riddles have long been a significant cultural aspect.
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Chantelle took to the written word like a fish takes to water. That is to say, she found herself immersed in literature from before she was born. She’s been known to tell her friends all about how she can still remember the passages she heard her mother read to her when she was in the womb - Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and a bit of Hunter S. Thompson thrown in to balance it out. Whether she’s whipping up pithy one-liners to tease your brain or busy working on her second novel (the first one is available on Amazon under a pen name she refuses to disclose), Chantelle has continued to keep her feet wet with words, as it were. You’re sure to get a kick out of her giggle-worthy explanations and outrageous hints, and still come away feeling like you’ve just expanded your knowledge base.
The root of the word “riddle” is the same as “read.” The Old English word ræ̅dan means “to interpret" or "to guess.” A riddle is comprised of a puzzle, a hidden meaning, and a concrete answer. Riddles were used in literature to add tension to the text and to pass down cultural traditions. The oldest recorded riddle is from ancient Mesopotamia. One old Sumerian riddle goes like this: “There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?” Can you guess the answer? It’s not that riddle solvers are more intelligent than those who struggle with them; it’s all in the way the brain processes information. Some riddles are trick questions, and it takes critical thinking to see through them, while others are subjective and open to interpretation.
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