A new collection of essays by Owen Barfield, The Riddle of the Sphinx, was published by the Barfield Press in November 2023. The book’s name comes from one of the essay titles.
But “the riddle” in this case does not refer to the famous one that Oedipus solved — “What has four legs at dawn, two at noon, and three in the evening?” The answer to that one was, “man”. Or today we might say, “the human being”. Oedipus realized that he crawls as a toddler, stands upright as an adult, and may be supported by a stick in old age.