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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c.1400) [Poem]
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A New Yearís feast at King Arthurís court is interrupted by the appearance of a gigantic Green Knight, resplendent on horseback. He challenges any one of Arthurís men to behead him, provided that if he survives he can return the blow a year later. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge and decapitates the knight Ė but the mysterious warrior cheats death and vanishes, bearing his head with him. The following winter Gawain sets out to find the Knight in the wild Northern lands and to keep his side of the bargain.

One of the great masterpieces of Middle English poetry, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight magically combines elements of fairy tale and heroic sagas with the pageantry, chivalry and courtly love of medieval Romance.

Original title: ?
Original languages: Middle English

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Genre: MythologyRetellingsCeltic and Arthurian
PoetryEpic and Narrative Poetry

This work has been adapted as the following works :
     Gawain and Lady Green (1997) [Novel]
      Author: Anne Eliot Crompton

Edition #1: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Simon Armitage's new version is meticulously responsive and responsible to the tact and sophistication of the original - but responds equally to its own powerfully persuasive ambition to be read as an original new poem. It is as if, six hundred years apart, two northern poets set out on a journey through the same mesmeric landscapes - acoustic, physical and metaphorical - in the course of which the Gawain poet has finally found his true and long-awaited translator.

Language: English

Translated by: Simon Armitage
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (January 4, 2007)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571223275
Pages: 160

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Edition #2: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2006)
Edition Details:

A new verse translation by Brian O'Donoghue

Language: English

Translated by: Brian O'Donoghue
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140424539
Pages: 128

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Edition #3: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2002)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

A splendid new translation of the classic Arthurian tale of enchantment, adventure, and romance, presented alongside the original Middle English text.


Capturing the pace, impact, and richly alliterative language of the original text, W. S. Merwin has imparted a new immediacy to a spellbinding narrative, written centuries ago by a poet whose name is now unknown, lost to time.

Language: English

Edition: verse translation, bilingual (Merwin)
Translated by: W. S. Merwin
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0375709924
Pages: 171

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Edition #4: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Keith Harrison
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1998)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192833340
Pages: 160

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Edition #5: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1975)
Edition Details (IBList user synopsis):

J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, unpublished at the time of his death, was prepared for publication by his son Christopher Tolkien. The translation recreates the archaic language and alliterative meter of the original.

Language: English

Translated by: J. R. R. Tolkien
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Edition #6: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1974)
Edition Details (IBList user synopsis):

Completely revised from Stone's 1959 translation. Also includes two essays on the poem, "The Common Enemy of Man" and "Gawain's 'Eternal Jewel'", notes on a production of the poem as a play in 1971 and background information on the manuscript, the poet, and the symbolism of the pentacle in the poem.

Language: English

Edition: Stone translation (2nd edition)
Translated by: Brian Stone
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1974)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140440925
Pages: 185

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Edition #7: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1970)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Burton Raffel
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451528186
Pages: 144

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1999)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451527400
Pages: 160

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1970)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451628237
Pages: 144

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Edition #8: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1967)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Borroff's translation preserves the formulaic character of the language, reflects the diction of the original poem, and reproduces the metrical variety of the original and its cumulative momentum or "swing".

Language: English

Translated by: Marie Borroff
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1967)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393097544
Pages: 62

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Edition #9: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1959)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Stone translation (1st edition)
Translated by: Brian Stone
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Edition #10: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1898)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Retold in modern prose by Jessie L. Weston

Language: English

Translated by: Jessie L. Weston
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Manifested in:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Mineola, NY
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486431916
Pages: 64

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