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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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An alliterative poem from the north‐west midlands, dating from the second half of the 14th cent., the only manuscript of which is the famous Cotton Nero A. X which is also the sole ...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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2005

...by the description of the arrival of the Green Knight at the beginning of this poem. [ Anne Hudson ] Tolkien, J. R. R. and Gordon, E. V. (1968) (eds.), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (rev. N. Davis ,...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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2005
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... Gawain and the Green Knight , late 14th-century alliterative Arthurian romance. Its anonymous English author—whose work survives in a single manuscript (Cotton Nero A10)—fused two source motifs from Celtic legend to create a dazzling literary fairy tale. Sir Gawain , challenged to a Beheading Game by the supernatural Green Knight, travels into the northern wilderness to keep his pledge, finding hospitality at the castle of Sir Bertilak and temptation from Bertilak's wife. The magical elements and threefold repetitions of a folktale are combined with vivid...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Suzanne Rahn

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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2015
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102 words

... Gawain and the Green Knight Late 14th-century alliterative Arthurian romance. Its anonymous English author—whose work survives in a single manuscript (Cotton Nero A10)—fused two source motifs from Celtic legend to create a dazzling literary fairy tale. Sir Gawain , challenged to a Beheading Game by the supernatural Green Knight, travels into the northern wilderness to keep his pledge, finding hospitality at the castle of Sir Bertilak and temptation from Bertilak’s wife. The magical elements and threefold repetitions of a folktale are combined with vivid...

Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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561 words

...Gawain exchanges the kisses with his host for the animals slain in the hunt; but on the third evening he keeps the girdle (thus breaking his bargain), to protect him in the imminent meeting with the green knight. Fitt 4: Gawain is directed to the green knight's chapel where he kneels to receive his blow. Twice the knight feints at him, and the third time he makes a cut in Gawain's neck. Then he explains that he is Bertilak, and that his existence as the green knight has been caused by the...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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Literature
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2,975 words
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...scene, with the mounted Green Knight holding his severed head before the royal dais (94v.); the sleeping Sir Gawain, visited by a lady in a wide-sleeved gown who strokes his beard with her left hand (129); Sir Gawain arriving at the Green Chapel, confronting the Green Knight (129v.); Sir Gawain returned to Arthur and Guinevere at Camelot (130). These illustrations represent an enthusiastic, if not scrupulous, reading of the poem and are fitted around the written text (rather than forming part of its original design). Critics have long pondered the gulf in...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  

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Late 14th-century alliterative Arthurian romance. Its anonymous English author—whose work survives in a single manuscript (Cotton Nero A10)—fused two source motifs from Celtic legend to create a ...
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  

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An alliterative poem from the north‐west midlands, dating from the second half of the 14th cent., the only manuscript of which is the famous Cotton Nero A. X which is also the sole manuscript of ...
Gawain MS

Gawain MS  

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BL Cotton MS Nero A. X, the only surviving Middle English MS consisting solely of alliterative verse. It contains unique copies of four poems: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ...
Gringolet

Gringolet  

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Gawain's horse, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, etc. Speght, in his 1598 edition of Chaucer, gives it as the name of Wade's infamous boat.
Green Knight/Sir Bertilak de Hautdesert

Green Knight/Sir Bertilak de Hautdesert  

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(Birtwistle: Gawain). Bass. Challenges the members of Arthur's court to bestow a blow on his neck with an axe, on condition that he can return the compliment a year later. Is decapitated by Gawain, ...

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