Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo - Chapter IV, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Summary & Analysis

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Chapter IV, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Summary

New Year draws near, snow covers the land. Sir Gawain cannot sleep as he imagines the next day. He awakens and clothes himself; he also remembers the silk belt the lady gave him. Gringolet, his horse, is ready to ride; Gawain mounts him and says goodbye, crossing the bridge out of the castle. His squire pleads with him not to go forward, since the Green Knight is incredibly strong and impossible to defeat. Another rider points him towards the Green Chapel.

Gawain then spurs Gringolet forward, initially finding a mound and then discovering a barrow that he could enter. The Green Chapel appears to be a grave. When Gawain enters, he finds the barrow overgrown. He then climbs up on the roof of the mound, hearing a noise clattering...

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