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    DescriptionA 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 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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    Title
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Subtitle
    With Pearl and Sir Orfeo
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780261102590
    ISBN 10: 0261102591
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Libri: B-232
    DC22: 821.1
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000, FIC009000
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    22 January 1996
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
    Review quote
    'The introduction to Gawain is a little masterpiece.' Times Higher Educational Supplement 'This magnificent Arthurian tale of love, sex, honour, social tact, personal integrity and folk-magic is one of the greatest and most approachable narrative poems in the language. Tolkien's version makes it come triumphantly alive, a moving and consoling elegy.' Birmingham Post