Characters/Pairing: Two female characters from Rohan
Warnings: generalized summary of canon violence and related dark themes.
Book/Source: LotR (and LotR Appendices)
Disclaimer: These are both characters by Tolkien. I have added hardly anything at all...
ETA: check out Zdenka's (Lignota's) excellent solutions in verse in her comment (under the spoiler cut)!
I am no man—nor shrinking maid, either.
Secret under helmet, I rode southwards,
hearth forsaking, battle-death seeking,
rode the path to ruin and a red morning;
I drained that cup to its darkest dregs,
bitter though they were, I found life at the bottom.
Say, what am I called?
A war was fought over my hand,
yet I am woman—and unnamed.
My suitor became my bitterest foe,
yet no one had asked me.
One brother died at the gates,
the other lost in the snow—
my father went fey,
my grief unrecorded.
My cousin succeeded.
Who am I?
A/N: Some Old English riddles are really riddles and even very obscure, others are more like poems about their subject. They are often in the first person and end with variations of "Say what am I called?"