A collection of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour. Read by Terry Jones. The unabridged version length is 4.5 hours, and can be purchased here.
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.
Read modernized versions of translations:
Gawain by A. S. Kline in PDF or azw3, mobi, ePub (zip file).
Pearl by Bill Stanton.
The Tale of Sir Orfeo
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