I'm still puzzling over that earlier riddle, wondering if it's something akin to the past, history, memory, or the like...
In the meantime, here's another oldie:
A farmer with more ambition than money buys ten fruit trees. He says he's planting the trees in rows of four: Five rows of four, in fact. Can he do this; and, if so, how?
I'd like to try something a bit different, though. I've got a set of related riddles I'd like to toss out this time around, where the final answer to the whole depends on the answers of the earlier being known.
Mattyd, if this violates the spirit of the rules you set, I am willing to forfeit my turn in favor of someone else.
Now, on to the riddles.
Riddle the first:
Of rainbow hue, though often gold,
an ancient story, rarely told.
Formed by wood, made thick and thin,
a hidden secret lies within.
Riddle the second:
Though not a plant, this tiny flower,
lies within its watery bower.
As solo forms, each is small,
yet walls they build exceeding tall.
Riddle the third:
In original making it needed the light,
its final formation is black as the night.
Ancient formation, of wood under sea,
what could this strange mystery be?
Riddle the fourth:
Though held for last, I'm by no means the least,
Great riches I yield unto those in the East.
Strange it does sound, and strange it may be,
my mother, in fact, was named after me!
Overall riddle -
What bond, what thread, what common strings,
link these strange and wondrous things?
What I gather in the first riddle leads me to believe it is amber. It comes in various colors, mainly represented as a golden substance, was known in ancient times, was believed through the ages to hold mysterious powers, was considered valuable, is a solidified form of a sap of a type of conifer, and has been discovered by many to have within its recovered pieces the remains of different bugs that became subsequently imprisoned--- extinct, ancient bugs.
The second riddle leads me to believe coral is involved. Not a plant, but an animal, each part is very small and beautiful; but, gathered together, coral can form some of the most treacherous and sharp reefs known.
The third riddle makes me think of ebony. This wood is prized for its color, its durability, its ability to take a lustre, and its incredible density. It is so dense that it will not float; and it, too, was known by the ancients--- who used it for fine cabinetry and ornamental pieces.
The fourth appears to be pearl. This, too, was highly prized through the ages; and, the East was where many pearls were harvested. Everyone has, of course, heard of "Mother of Pearl" also.
So it seems we have something involving treasure, ornamentals, trade, the East, and possibly a reef--- not to mention the sea. Now you can see why I asked about a map. Lacking that, You do, of course, still hold the key... Now you've got my numbers. (Even if I am way off-base.) Excellent riddle.