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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo

J R R Tolkien's translations of three medieval poems

Author

J R R Tolkien

Publisher

George Allen & Unwin, London, 1975
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, 148pp [1].

A collection of three medieval English poems, translated by J R R Tolkien. 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.

Condition

This copy is in very good condition, with just light wear to the board's edges.

ISBN

0048210358

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