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MA in Classics Tufts University

High School Latin Teacher


Here are some riddles I translated into simple(ish) Latin. Some you'll recognize from The Hobbit.

Ioca Facilia:

Iōcum I

Id est arca sine cardinibus, sine clāve, sine tectulō,

Sed praemium aureum intrā iacet.

Iōcum II

Hoc omnia ēst

Avēs, bēstiās, arborēs, flōrēs.

Ferrum rubrum pingit,

Capillum album pingit

Saxa dura rumpit in arenam

Regēs interficit, oppida delet

Montēs altōs terit.

Iōcum III

Id nōn potest vidērī, nōn potest tangī

Id nōn potest audīrī, nōn potest olērī

Id post stellās et sub montibus vīvit

Et cavōs implet.

Ioca Difficilia:

Iōcum I

Habet montēs nīvis ē caelō rubrō cadentēs.

Subter, iacet dracō cibī cupidus

Inter plūrēs summōs, orientēs ē hūmō ūmidō.

Vītam rapit; vītam dat, frangit et fremit.

Iōcum II

Ululat sine vōce

Volat sine alīs

Mordet sine dentibus

Pulsat sine manibus

Iōcum III

Vīvit sine spiritū

Tam frīgidus quam mōrs.

Numquam aridus est, semper bibit;

Loricam ferream gerit, sed numquam crepit.

Iōcum IV

Fiō ē lignō, fiō ē saxō.

Habeō ignem in meō corde.

Meum dominum defendō sīcut scūtum

Contrā Neptūnum, Iūppiter, et Zephyrum

Contrā bēstiās et avēs.

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