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Group No. 123


Letter

H. Tests

Group No.

H700 – H899

Group name

Tests of cleverness II

Description

H700. H700. Riddles of numbers.
 
H701. H701. Riddle: how many seconds in eternity? Anderson FFC XLII 232.
 
H701.1. H701.1. How many seconds in eternity? A bird carries a grain of sand from a mountain each century; when the whole mountain is gone, the first second of eternity has passed. (Cf. D791.1.2, H1583, X950.2, Z61.) *Type 922; BP III 232; *Anderson FFC XLII 232.
 
H702. H702. Riddle: how many stars in the heavens? *Type 922; BP III 231; Anderson FFC XLII 162ff.; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 116 No. 970.
 
H702.1. H702.1. How many stars in the heavens? As many as the grains of sand; if you don’t believe it, count them yourself. *Anderson FFC XLII 166.
 
H702.1.1. H702.1.1. How many stars in the heaven? Two million; if you don‘t believe it, count them yourself. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H702.2. H702.2. How many stars in the heavens? As many as the hairs in the head; if you don’t believe it, count them yourself. *Anderson FFC XLII 167.
 
H702.2.1. H702.2.1. How many stars in the heavens? As many as the hairs in the goatskin (on a donkey). India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H702.3. H702.3. How many stars in the heavens? As many as the points on paper; if you don‘t believe it, count them yourself. *Anderson FFC XLII 167.
 
H703. H703. Riddle: how many hairs are in the head? *Types 922, 926**; BP III 231; Anderson FFC XLII 230.
 
H703.1. H703.1. How many hairs are there in the head? As many as are in the tail of my ass; if you don‘t believe it we will keep pulling out one hair from your beard and one from his tail. Anderson FFC XLII 230.
 
H704. H704. Riddle: how many drops in the sea. (Cf. H696.1.1.)
 
H705. H705. Riddle: how many leaves are on the tree? Anderson FFC XLII 175; West Indies: Flowers 459.
 
H705.1. H705.1. How many leaves are on the tree? As many as there are stems for. *Anderson FFC XLII 176.
 
H705.2. H705.2. How many leaves are on the tree? So and so many; and if you don’t believe it, go count them. *Anderson FFC XLII 176.
 
H705.3. H705.3. How many leaves are on the tree? Counterquestion: how many stars in the sky? (Cf. H702.) Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 116 No. 970.
 
H706. H706. Riddle: how many days have passed since the time of Adam? Anderson FFC XLII 227.
 
H706.1. H706.1. How many days have passed since the time of Adam? The seven days of the week. Anderson FFC XLII 227.
 
H707. H707. Riddle of dates.
 
H707.1. H707.1. When were you born? Its beginning is like its end, its top like its bottom (1691). Trog Am Urds-Brunnen IV 105.
 
H708. H708. Are there more men or women in the world? India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H710. H710. Riddles of value.
 
H711. H711. Riddle: how much am I (the king) worth? Anderson FFC XLII 194; cf. Aarne FFC XXIII 129.
 
H711.1. H711.1. How much am I (the king) worth? Twenty-nine pieces of silver, for Christ was sold for thirty. (Cf. H716.) *Type 922;* Anderson FFC XLII 194; *BP III 232; *Fb “værd”.
 
H712. H712. Riddle: how much is my beard (king‘s) worth? *Type 875; De Vries FFC LXXIII 160; BP II 359.
 
H712.1. H712.1. How much is king’s beard worth? The months July, August, and September. Köhler-Bolte I 456.
 
H712.2. H712.2. How much is king‘s beard worth? A May rain (three rains in summer). De Vries FFC LXXIII 161; Köhler-Bolte I 456.
 
H713. H713. Riddle: how much is a golden plow (throne, crown, palace) worth? *De Vries FFC LXXIII 160ff.; *Anderson FFC XLII 180ff.
 
H713.1. H713.1. How much is a golden plow (throne, crown, palace) worth? A rain in May. *De Vries FFC LXXIII 161ff.; *Anderson FFC XLII 186.
 
H715. H715. Riddle: how much does the sun earn for his daily work? Anderson FFC XLII 226.
 
H715.1. H715.1. How much does the sun earn for his daily work? A day’s wages. Anderson FFC XLII 226.
 
H716. H716. Riddle: how much is a certain crucifix worth? Twenty-nine pieces of silver. (Cf. H711.1.) Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
H720. H720. Metaphorical riddles. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H721. H721. Riddle of the year. **Aarne FFC XXVI 74ff.
 
H721.1. H721.1. Riddle: tree with twelve branches, each with thirty leaves, black and white. Year, month, days and nights. *Chauvin V 195 No. 114; *BP II 355 n. 1.
 
H721.2. H721.2. Riddle: tree with leaves white on one side and black on other. Year made up of nights and days. Chauvin V 192 No. 113.
 
H721.3. H721.3. Riddle: twelve cypresses with thirty boughs each. Years and months. Persian: Carnoy 348.
 
H721.4. H721.4. Riddle: palace consisting of 8760 stones; twelve trees, thirty branches, each with black and white cluster of grapes. Year, months, days, hours. *Chauvin VI 40 No. 207.
 
H722. H722. Riddle of the day and night. (Cf. H721.1, H721.2, H721.4.)
 
H722.1. H722.1. Riddle: white brother, black sister: every morning brother kills sister; every evening sister kills brother; they never die. (Day and night.) Köhler-Bolte I 116; Gascon: Bladé I 9 No. 1.
 
H722.2. H722.2. Riddle: black and white horses chasing each other. (Day and night.) Persian: Carnoy 349.
 
H725. H725. Riddle of the course of the sun.
 
H725.1. H725.1. Riddle: bird nests on top of one cypress in morning, on top of another in evening. (Bird is the sun.) Persian: Carnoy 349.
 
H726. H726. Riddle: who are the real travellers? The son and the moon. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H731. H731. Riddle of king and courtiers.
 
H731.1. H731.1. Riddle: king in red; courtiers in white. (Sun and its rays.) Chauvin VI 39 No. 207 n. 1.
 
H731.2. H731.2. Riddle: king in white; courtiers in white. (Moon and stars.) Chauvin VI 39 No. 207 n. 1.
 
H731.3. H731.3. Riddle: king in red; courtiers in different colors. (Spring and flowers.) Chauvin VI 39 No. 207 n. 1.
 
H734. H734. Riddle: what is the mother who devours her children when they grow up? (Ocean and rivers.) Chauvin V 192 No. 113.
 
H741. H741. Riddle white field, black seed. (Paper with writing.) *Aarne FFC XXVI 35ff.
 
H742. H742. Riddle: two legs, three legs, four legs. (Man, three-legged stool dog.) **Aarne FFC XXVII 24ff.
 
H743. H743. Riddle: four hang, four walk, two show the road, one wags behind. (Cow‘s teats, feet, eyes, tail.) (Other answers: cat, dog, horse, hog, etc.) **Aarne FFC XXVII 60ff.
 
H744. H744. Riddle: six legs, four ears, two faces, etc. (Horse and rider.) **Aarne FFC XXVII 173ff.
 
H746. H746. Riddle: bill white, horns on feet, knob on head (cock). Zachariae 58.
 
H751. H751. Riddle: who of fourfold beard is he, of azure foot and neck so ruddy? Arrow. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H761. H761. Riddle of the Sphinx: what is it that goes on four legs in the morning, on two at midday, and on three in the evening. (Man, who crawls as a child, walks in middle life, and walks with a stick in old age.) **Aarne FFC XXVII 3ff.; **Laistner Rätsel der Sphinx; Gascon: Bladé I 10 No. 1.; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus I 349 n. 1 Köhler-Bolte I 115; Fb “menneske” II 578a.
 
H761.1. H761.1. Riddle: two are better than three (two legs better than man with staff in old age). Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H762. H762. Riddle: what is the creature that is of all countries, that is loved by all the world, and that has no equal? (The sun.) Chauvin V 192 No. 113.
 
H763. H763. Riddle: the father not yet born, the son already at the top of the house. (Flame and smoke.) Köhler-Bolte I 268.
 
H764. H764. Riddle: bird without feathers flies on tree without leaves. (Snow falls on bare tree.) **Aarne FFC XXVIII 1ff.
 
H765. H765. From wooden spring iron bucket makes stones from which water flows. (Metal stick picks stone from eye. If you rub lids with it, tears come.) Jewish: bin Gorion Born Judas III 32, 297f., *Neuman.
 
H767. H767. Allegorical riddles. Irish myth: Cross.
 
H767.1. H767.1. Riddle: what is that thou passest over with haste? (The field of youth; the mountains of youth, etc.) Irish myth: Cross.
 
H768. H768. What house gives no hostages, cannot be burned, and cannot be harried? (The fairy stronghold [sídh] of brugh na Boinne.) Irish myth: Cross.
 
H770. H770. Riddles of explanation. Jewish: Neuman.
 
H771. H771. Riddle: why is the hair gray before the beard? (It is twenty years older.) *Wesselski Arlotto II 270 No. 222.
 
H772. H772. Riddle: why are there more days than nights? (The moon turns some nights into days.) Chauvin V 38 No. 365.
 
H773. H773. Riddle: why are there more living than dead? (There are some of the dead of whom we still speak.) Chauvin V 38 No. 365.
 
H774. H774. Riddle: why are there more women than men? (Some women make women [i.e., weaklings] of their husbands.) Chauvin V 38 No. 365.
 
H790. H790. Riddles based on unusual circumstances. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H791. H791. Riddle: a fish was my father; a man was my mother. (Man eats magic fish and becomes pregnant; a girl is taken from his knee.) *Type 705; *Fb “fisk” I 297; Norse: Christiansen Norske Eventyr 96.
 
H792. H792. Riddle of the unborn. I am unborn; my horse is unborn; I carry my mother on my hands. (A boy who has been taken from his dead mother‘s body digs up the body of his mother and makes gloves of her skin. He rides on a colt which has been taken from a dead mare’s body.) *Type 851; BP I 196; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 112 No. 927*B; Africa (Swahili): Werner African 356.
 
H793. H793. Riddle: seven tongues in a head. (A horse‘s head in which a bird’s nest is found with seven birds in it.) *Type 927; Köhler-Bolte I 46; *Fb “hestehoved”.
 
H795. H795. Relationship riddles arising from unusual marriages of relatives. *Köhler-Bolte I 218; Hertz Abhandlungen 416; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H797. H797. Riddle: what does God do? Anderson FFC XLII 200.
 
H797.1. H797.1. What does God do? He brings low the proud and exalts the lowly (said by shepherd masking as bishop to king, who has exchanged places with him). (Cf. H562.) Anderson FFC XLII 207.
 
H797.2. H797.2. What does God do? God is astonished that I sit on a horse and the king on an ass (see H797.1.). Anderson FFC XLII 209.
 
H802. H802. Riddle: one killed none and yet killed twelve. (Horse is poisoned; raven eats of him and dies; twelve robbers eat raven and die.) *Type 851; BP I 188ff.; *Fb “hest” I 598b, “ravn” III 23a; India: Thompson-Balys; Africa (Gold Coast): Barker and Sinclair 172 No. 34; Jamaica: Beckwith MAFLS XVII 284 No. 116.
 
H803. H803. Riddle: deaths from sleepiness, anger, and greed. Elephant sleeps before snake‘s hole. Snake bites elephant and kills it. Jackal eats hole in elephant and is caught inside. Snake can’t get out of its hole. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H804. H804. Riddle: from the eater came forth meat and from the strong sweetness. (Swarm of bees and honey in lion‘s carcass.) Jewish: Judges 14:14.
 
H805. H805. Riddle of the murdered lover. With what thinks, I drink; what sees, I carry; with what eats I walk. (Queen has cup made from skull of her murdered lover; ring with one of his eyes; she carries two of his teeth in her boots.) *Type 851; *BP I 196, II 361; Köhler-Bolte I 350, 372; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H806. H806. Riddle: drink this wine which a bird took to nest. (Stork took bunch of grapes to nest; boy makes wine from them.) Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 112 No. 927B*.
 
H807. H807. Formerly I was daughter, now I am mother; I have a son who was the husband of my mother. (Girl has nursed her imprisoned father through a crack in the prison wall.) Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 111 No. 927*A.
 
H810. H810. Riddles based on the Bible or legend. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H811. H811. Riddle: who first spun and when? (Eve.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114.
 
H812. H812. Riddle: what were the clothes of Adam and Eve? (Their hair.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114.
 
H813. H813. Riddle: who, having neither father nor mother, are dead? (Adam and Eve.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114.
 
H814. H814. Riddle: who, having had father and mother, is not dead? (Elias.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114; Jewish: Neuman.
 
H815. H815. Riddle: who, having had father and mother, is not dead like other mortals? (Lot’s wife.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114; Scala Celi No. 821.
 
H817. H817. Riddle: who has had, here below, two names? (Jacob-Israel.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114.
 
H821. H821. Riddle: what was the walking tomb with the living tenant? (Jonah and the whale.) Chauvin V 194 No. 114; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H822. H822. Riddle: what is the land that has seen the sun only once? (The bottom of the Red Sea during the passage of the Israelites.) Chauvin V 194 No. 114; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H822.1. H822.1. What is the land that has seen the sun only once? (The land on which the waters were gathered after the creation.) Jewish: Neuman.
 
H823. H823. What is the tree that became flesh? (Moses‘s staff.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114.
 
H824. H824. Riddle: what is that which has drunk water for its sustenance and eaten after its death? (Moses’s staff, which became a serpent.) Chauvin V 194 No. 114.
 
H825. H825. Riddle: the king is surrounded by his nobles; what is this like? (The idol Bel surrounded by the priests of the god.) Chauvin VI 39 No. 207.
 
H826. H826. Riddle: what did Christ do in his 30th year? Answer: entered into his thirty-first. (Cf. H865.) Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
H827. H827. Riddle: what does the king of the world of the Devas do? Punishes the bad people. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H828. H828. What three not born of male and female ate and drank on earth? (Angels who visited Abraham.) Jewish: Neuman.
 
H831. H831. Riddle: what house was full of dead? (Philistines in the building demolished by Samson.) Jewish: Neuman.
 
H832. H832. What was not born, yet life was given to it? (The golden calf.) Jewish: Neuman.
 
H840. H840. Other riddles.
 
H841. H841. Riddle: worth of the animal.
 
H841.1. H841.1. Riddle: what animal is good living but not dead? (Ass.) *Wesselski Arlotto I 215ff. No. 64.
 
H841.2. H841.2. Riddle: what animal is good dead but not living? (Hog.) *Wesselski Arlotto I 215ff. No. 64.
 
H841.3. H841.3. Riddle: what animal is good living and dead? (Cow.) *Wesselski Arlotto I 215ff. No. 64.
 
H841.4. H841.4. Riddle: what animal is not good living or dead? (Wolf.) *Wesselski Arlotto I 215ff. No. 64.
 
H842. H842. Riddle: animal qualities.
 
H842.1. H842.1. What animal which lives in sea-water will drown if taken out of it? (Gním Abraein.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
H842.2. H842.2. What animal which lives in fire will burn if taken out of it? (Tegillus, now called salamander.) (Cf. B768.2.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
H842.3. H842.3. What animal has one voice living and seven voices dead? (Ibis, from whose carcass musical instruments are made.) Jewish: Neuman.
 
H851. H851. Riddle: what are the two fixed, the two moving, the two joined, the two separated by jealousy, the two eternal enemies? (Heaven and earth; sun and moon; night and day; soul and body; life and death.) Chauvin V 195 No. 114.
 
H852. H852. What two trees do not fade until they wither? (Yew and holly.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
H853. H853. What goodness did man find on earth that God did not find? (An overlord.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
H861. H861. Riddle: what are the two combatants without hands or feet or words? (The bull and the buffalo.) Chauvin V 194 No. 114.
 
H862. H862. Riddle: what is that which is neither man nor jinn nor beast nor bird? (Louse and ant.) Chauvin V 194 No. 114.
 
H865. H865. Riddle: what do crows do when they are five years old? (They start their sixth year.) (Cf. H826.) Anderson FFC XLII 236 n. 8.
 
H871. H871. Riddle: what six things are not worth doing? (Sowing salt, mowing pebbles, drinking from an empty jug, making signs to a blind man, wooing at mealtime, playing a harp in a mill.) Anderson FFC XLII 227, *228 n. 1.
 
H871.1. H871.1. Three stupid things for men to do (various answers). Spanish: Childers.
 
H875. H875. Riddle: what is the difference between a poor man and a rich? (Riches.) Anderson FFC XLII 229.
 
H878. H878. Riddle: what is it that one buys who does not want it or use it? (Coffin.) Fb “ligkiste” II 442b.
 
H881. H881. Riddles with “none” as answer. Fb “ingen” II 27.
 
H881.1. H881.1. Riddle: how many dead mice go to a feast? (None.) Fb “ingen” II 27.
 
H882. H882. Riddle: bottom and top of staff. Of the two ends which is the top and which the bottom? Zachariae 58.
 
H883. H883. Riddle: where is the root of the floor? Below. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
H885. H885. Riddles about flax. Taylor English Riddles from Oral Tradition (Berkeley, California, 1951) 250; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
H886. H886. Riddles about naphtha. Jewish: Neuman.

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