Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

A few weeks ago I finished "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," a 14th century medieval epic poem based on Arthurian legend.  For being a classic, and my nearly insatiable appetite for medieval literature, it didn't keep my attention that well.  The basic premise is that the Green Knight, this guy empowered with magic from Morgan Le Fay, is sent to test the integrity of King Aurthur and his knights.  Gawain accepts the challenge and puts his own life on the line.  But, true to chivalrous fashion, he passes with only a slight blemish on his record.

The concept itself is fun; I really liked the "beheading game" aspect of the plot.  The translation was superb--it was in modern English, yet it retained much of the alliteration and rhyming scheme of the original language.

Still, overall it wasn't as good as I had expected it to be.  "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is worth the read if it's your forte, but otherwise, skip it.

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