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This full page painted illustration from the sole surviving English manuscript of the tale depicts the moment when Lady Bertilak first attempts to seduce Gawain. A nude Gawain lies peacefully in a curtained bed while Lady Bertilak caresses him under the chin, a common medieval gesture of romantic intimacy. In the narrative, Gawain feigns sleep when he hears Lady Bertilak break with social convention and enter his curtained chamber.

Lady Bertilak in the illustration smiles coyly at the sleeping knight, who rests bound beneath his bedclothes.

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About the Book As a child, J. Tolkien was enchanted by the strange and magical medieval myths of Northern Europe, works such as the great Arthurian tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. And as an adult, Tolkien became a master scholar teaching and translating the ancient Anglo-Saxon literature, literature which became the foundation of own vision of fantasy writing and extraordinary Middle-Earth legendarium.


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Tolkien's translations and commentary are treasured by teachers and students of ancient English writing but also by everyone interested in understanding the roots of Tolkien's own landmark literary creation. Now, Easton Press is proud to present the great scholar and author's translations of three Middle English masterpieces: J.

Magical medieval poems translated by the father of modern fantasy literature. A supernatural thriller and morality tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the founding narratives of English literature. Believed to be written by the same author as Sir Gawain, Pearl is a visionary elegy in which a grieving father in a dream meets his lost daughter who tries to reconcile him to his loss.

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Sir Orfeo, an even older work, is a classic Celtic romance adapted from the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. All three poems are noted for their extraordinary formal and thematic complexity, but Tolkien's deep scholarship and commanding literary gifts make his translations uniquely successful in recreating in thrilling modern English the original rhythms, rhyming, alliteration, and eerie power of the medieval originals.

Edited by Christopher Tolkien and featuring previously unpublished notes by his father, J.