Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo

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Random House LLC, 1980 - Fiction - 165 pages
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SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, PEARL, and SIR ORFEO are masterpieces of a remote and exotic age--the age of chivalry and wizards, knights and holy quests. Yet it is only in the unique artistry and imagination of J.R.R. Tolken that the language, romance, and power of these great stories comes to life for modern readers, in this masterful and compelling new translation.

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Review: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Another epic poem for my Tolkien and Pullman class. The language is lovely, the plot not so great--Gawain is a wimp and there aren't even any real sword-fights. In short, academic discussion of this work in class was enjoyable, but it didn't change my initial opinion of it. Read full review

Review: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfae" translated by JRR Tolkien is, in my opinion, a much better translation of the tale. He broke down all three stories into more manageable pieces and therefore easier to understand. Read full review


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About the author (1980)

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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