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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    This smart new paperback edition contains the fully-reset text of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour. It features a beautifully decorated text and includes as a bonus the complete version of Tolkien's acclaimed lecture on Sir Gawain.

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400. Sir Gawain is a romance, a fairy-tale for adults, full of life and colour; but it is also much more than this, being at the same time a powerful moral tale that examines religious and social values.

    Pearl is apparently an elegy on the death of a child, a poem pervaded with a sense of great personal loss: but, like Gawain, it is also a sophisticated and moving debate on much less tangible matters.

    Sir Orfeo is a slighter romance, belonging to an earlier and different tradition. It was a special favourite of Tolkien's.

    The three translations represent the complete rhyme and alliterative schemes of the originals and are uniquely accompanied with the complete text of Tolkien's acclaimed 1953 W.P. Ker Memorial Lecture that he delivered on Sir Gawain.

    Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

    Brand: HarperCollins Publishers

    Number of pages: 256 pages

    Binding: Paperback

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