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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo - J.R.R. Tolkien
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo
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This book presents a collection of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Pearl" are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400. — "Sir Gawain and the... show more
This book presents a collection of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Pearl" are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400. — "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" 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 which 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.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780345277602 (0345277600)
ASIN: 345277600
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 214
Edition language: English
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
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4.0 The Struggle Against Nature
This middle English poem is said by some to be the greatest poem of Middle English literature, however it does have to compete with The Canterbury Tales for that title, something that I am not going to go into since I have not have the chance to read Chaucer's work at this stage. However while the e...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
bookshelves: radio-4, poetry, summer-2011 Read from July 07 to 10, 2011 This is a program explaining the poem and manuscript art blurb - 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' is one of the landmarks of medieval English literature and we know of it because a small manuscript survived from the 14th ce...
ElvenStar
ElvenStar rated it
4.0 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo
Didn't care for the Pearl much; too religious for my taste. But the other two were really nice. The appendix is quite useful and informative. You'd do well to read it before the actual poems. All in all, a great work from Tolkien, as always.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
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This is a program explaining the poem and manuscript art - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fbkb/Pearl/blurb - 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' is one of the landmarks of medieval English literature and we know of it because a small manuscript survived from the 14th century. Now catalogued ...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
This slim volume, put together by Christopher Tolkien, collects three translations done by J.R.R. of 14th-century British poems, together with writings by Tolkien Sr. on the poetry.'Gawain and the Green Knight' is the classic, and not surprisingly, the best. Originally written in an alliterative sty...
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