Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / Pearl / Sir Orfeo

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / Pearl / Sir Orfeo

by J. R. R. Tolkien (Translator), Anonymous
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Mass market paperback, 165 pages
List Price: $8.99 Sale Price: $7.64

Tolkien's translation of this Arthurian tale is wonderful. It can be used as a read-aloud for elementary ages, and can spur discussions on faithfulness and honor.

Its author is unknown, a poet lost in the tides of time and language. It is a tale as lush and dark as England's medieval forests. And its language and verse are the rough-hewn and beautiful descendants of antiquity, courtly and wise in their story, sweeping and powerful in their adventures.

It is romance interlaced with scenes of the hunt and temptations of the flesh; it is a fairy tale of giant warriors in armor and King Arthur's most noble knight; and it is a rousing adventure of epic enchantment and the destiny of human desires.

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  • Text-only copy of Tolkien's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at Luminarium
    (Note: Of the three copies linked to, the first two are the same translation and somewhat difficult to read; the third, modern translation is fairly easy to read, however.)
  • Text-only copy of an old-English version at University of Toronto
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Summary: A green knight shows up to King Arthur's court at Christmas, and sets Sir Gawain on a lonely adventure to test his mettle.

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