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This riddle was posed to Feyre Archeron by Amarantha when they were Under the Mountain.


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When Feyre went Under the Mountain to declare her love for Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court of Prythian, the self-proclaimed High Queen told her that she could free him if Feyre successfully fulfilled three trials or otherwise solved a riddle proposed by her, which was the following:

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…

Before each of the trials, she asked Feyre if she knew the answer to her riddle but she always answered negatively. At the end of the third trial, after realizing that Tamlin had a heart literally made of stone, Feyre stabbed him with a dagger of ash wood as Amarantha wanted. Still, Amarantha was enraged, attacked her, and began to break all the bones of her body.

As she tortured her, she told her that she would stop if Feyre proclaimed that she did not love Tamlin, something that she refused to do and it was in that instant that she realized what the answer to the riddle was, love, and when she told the High Queen, under the terms of their previous agreement, Tamlin's magic came back to him and he was able to kill Amarantha and free the rest of the Prythian residents from her slavery.[1]


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