Come in all, both Red and Blue,
and learn how keen your mind.
Show your wisdom on the days of yore,
and to these riddles ten the answers ye find.
Woe to those who Google and text, as it will help you naught,
as the answers are tied in a web of words and logic,
and must be unraveled in kind.
These riddles were all created by me, but I can’t quite say they are all original. A couple of years ago I posted several of them on a website (to remain nameless) where thousands gather to talk about history. Many enjoyed them, and came up with riddles of their own. Those several riddles have since sunken deep into the archives of the website, and can’t be found by doing a Google search. Most of these riddles are brand new though – thought up for this article.
In a week’s time, I will post the answers and explanations for all ten of the riddles. I will check each day to see if anyone has solved one or more of them, and will acknowledge this if it is done before the week has passed. I think these riddles are very difficult for someone with only a moderate interest in History, but one is about History recent enough to be called a Current Events riddle. That is your one hint – enjoy.
1: In this riddle, you must give the name of the would-be conqueror?
He tried to conquer a mighty nation,
but these were no slaves he opposed.
They ground him down with arrow and horse,
but two distant, powerful friends could suppose,
that his last meal was his richest.
2: Who was the warrior?
The battlefield was cut by a red warrior with three blades,
who is said to have alone brought down fourscore,
but his three blades; no matter how skilled the hands that wielded,
were no match for a man with a rifle.
3: Who were the warriors?
Slaves they were, though warriors so bold,
that in time they ruled a small empire,
after fending off the greatest's hold.
Centuries pass, and a future emperor beats them soundly,
but he noted their courage, and they rode with him proudly.
4: Who was the symbolic avenger?
Symbolic avenger of a sickly queen.
When in battle, he was a lit fuse,
so his enemies waited until he sallied onto them –
then they sprung the trap.
5: What were the trolls?
England was assailed by slow but giant Trolls,
who pelted the helpless English below them.
Those warriors tall enough to reach injured the monsters,
but watched in horror while their wounds quickly healed.
Then Buckingham came, with weapons of his own make.
He shouted, "Take these boys! We'll set them on fire!"
6: Who was the great American leader?
A great American leader left the country he loved,
and helped to build another, of which he was equally fond.
In time he helped bring his two great loves together,
but died to the sound of cannons after others broke the bond.
7: What is the beast?
Sinister strangers on the road find a family home,
and insist on lodgings for the night.
Outside, a buzzing sound – a beast of Hellfire has come.
The strangers and family all perish in a flash of light.
8: Who was the woman?
Blades were both her lover’s banes.
One was felled by his own hand,
the other by his purple kin.
In the end she couldn’t bear to live,
but no blade would touch her skin.
9: Who was the princess?
Born a princess, but a savage to her latter folk.
She crossed a great sea to visit her new king and queen,
but met her grave’s end before she could return home,
where every Halloween her image is by millions seen.
10: What is the name of the city?
Atilla himself was daunted by this city’s three walls,
having been called by then by two names.
For centuries it couldn’t be sacked from the outside,
until its defenses were breached by stone balls.
Then its names like its walls became three.