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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Part 1 (lines 1–490)

Great wonder grew in hallAt his hue most strange to see,For man and gear and allWere green as green could be. (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary The poem opens with a mythological account of Britain’s founding. After the fall of Troy, we are told, various heroes left to build cities. Romulus founded Rome, Ticius founded …

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Part 3 (lines 1126–1997)

Sir, if you be Gawain, it seems a great wonder—A man so well-meaning, and mannerly disposed,And cannot act in company as courtesy bids, (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary Early in the morning, the host and his guests get out of bed and prepare to ride forth from the castle. They attend Mass, eat a small …

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Part 4 (lines 1998–2531)

Summary Gawain lies in bed during the early hours of New Year’s morning, listening to the harsh wind wailing outside the castle. Before the sun comes up, he rises and prepares to depart, putting on his armor and ordering servants to saddle his horse. Despite Gawain’s anxiety, his armor shines as brightly as it did …

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Part 2 (lines 491–1125)

A year passes apace, and proves ever new:First things and final conform but seldom. (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary Part 2 begins with a brief summary of the New Year’s feast in Part 1. The poet calls the Green Knight’s game with Gawain King Arthur’s New Year’s gift, since it provided him with the marvelous …

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Sir Gawain

Though Gawain and Guinevere share the high table at the New Year’s celebration in Arthur’s court, he describes himself as the least of Arthur’s knights in terms of both physical prowess and mental ability. His modest claim to inferiority and his high status at court—he is Arthur’s nephew and one of Camelot’s most famous knights—testify …

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Character List

id=”Sir Gawain”> Sir Gawain –  The story’s protagonist, Arthur’s nephew and one of his most loyal knights. Although he modestly disclaims it, Gawain has the reputation of being a great knight and courtly lover. He prides himself on his observance of the five points of chivalry in every aspect of his life. Gawain is a pinnacle …

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – The Green Knight (also known as Bertilak de Hautdesert and the Host)

The Green Knight is a mysterious, supernatural creature. He rides into Arthur’s court on New Year’s Eve almost as if summoned by the king’s request to hear a marvelous story. His supernatural characteristics, such as his ability to survive decapitation and his green complexion, immediately mark him as a foreboding figure. The Green Knight contrasts …

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