Category Archives: riddle song

Child 3: The False Knight Upon the Road

Link to the words. Another riddle song.  I’m starting to get tired of riddle songs, though I will admit this one is a bit of a childhood favorite. Once again the devil is disguised as a knight and challenging someone … Continue reading

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Child 2: The Elfin Knight

The lyrics to all of the versions of this ballad can be found here. The “courtship as job interview” theme continues in this ballad, though this time there is more explanation for it in the notes: “A like ballad is … Continue reading

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Child 1: Riddles Wisely Expounded

The first ballad, which can be read here, is a story about a knight challenging a young girl to a game of riddles and offering to marry her if she can answer them right.  In most of the versions, such … Continue reading

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