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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo Summary
J. R. R. Tolkien

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo Summary

Plot Summary

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a compilation of three Medieval English poems translated by the famous twentieth century author and philologist J. R. R. Tolkien. All of the poems are translated from Middle English, the English language as spoken between 1066 and around 1470, a language on which Tolkien remains a great historical expert.

The first poem and the longest is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The story is something of a 'spinoff' from the standard Arthurian tales that populated the Medieval (and modern) periods. The poem begins in the Arthurian Court, with Arthur and Guinevere presiding over a Christmas-tide festival. Sir Gawain is sitting with the queen and other notables when a massive knight, covered in green garb, rushes into the court. He then challenges any knight of the round table to strike him on the condition that he may return the favor in one year...

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