What is it that everybody does at the same time?
One way I’m feeling normal,
Another I’m extremely thin,
I could be a punishment,
Or the type who always wins.
I’m free from all impurity,
And you may have divined,
I have a keen edge,
But of course I am refined.
The riddle refers to a variety of meanings of the word fine.
Feeling normal refers to when you feel fine.
Extremely thin refers to a fine thread.
A punishment refers to being charged a fee.
The one who wins refers to an athlete who is physically trained and hardened close to the limit of efficiency.
Free from impurity refers to measuring the fineness of precious metals.
A keen edge refers to a knife with a fine edge.
Refined refers to fine manners or elegance.
Early ages the iron boot tread,
with Europe at her command.
Through time power slipped and fled,
’til the creation of new holy land.
Who am I?
Italy / Rome.
I go around in circles,
But always straight ahead
No matter where I am led.
All about, but cannot be seen,
Can be captured, cannot be held
No throat, but can be heard.
Sounds / noises.
A harvest sown and reaped on the same day
In an unplowed field,
Which increases without growing,
Remains whole though it is eaten
Within and without,
Is useless and yet
The staple of nations.
An eye in a blue face
Saw an eye in a green face.
“That eye is like to this eye”
Said the first eye,
“But in low place,
Not in high place.”
A daisy in the grass. The big eye is the sun.
This is from J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
A leathery snake,
With a stinging bite,
I’ll stay coiled up,
Unless I must fight.
Round she is, yet flat as a board
Altar of the Lupine Lords.
Jewel on black velvet, pearl in the sea
Unchanged but ever changing, eternally.
To be gold is to be good,
To be stone is to be nothing,
To be glass is to be fragile,
To be cold is to be cruel.
What am I?