Sunday Morning! Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Pinky

    Don’t forget that the main colors of the story are green, red, and gold, which are historically the colors of Christmas.Report

  2. Avatar InMD

    Another good essay, thanks for sharing it.

    I do my best not to be a scrooge but deep down I hate Christmas and the Christmas season generally. There’s so much pressure and so much waste. Everyone is on edge hoping for a break or some spiritual satisfaction that’s never actually coming.

    I felt a ping of hope today in the knowledge that we’re passed the solstice. Slowly but surely the days will get longer again, and just a week from now we’ll be firmly on the other side of all the hooplah.

    Maybe my wife is right and I need a pill.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling

    The Green Knight then picks up his severed head in one hand

    “Just a flesh wound.”Report

  4. Avatar Marchmaine

    What a fine weaving of tales in a well crafted essay… Christmas is, of course, the pinnacle overturned creation topsy-turvy and the boundaries of all the dimensions sundered. So, to be sure, Guinevere, to be sure.

    On a non-scholarly literary note, I’ve always felt that the late accretion of Gawain and the Green Knight was an attempt to graft the French medieval tales onto the older stock… as such it is important to account for Gawain who is much older (in terms of legend) than Percival, Lancelot and Galahad and is the Greatest of all the Knights. As such, he needs his medieval questing tale even though he’s never really integrated into the Lancelot tragedy. So there he sits… most puissant in arms, tested in virtue, and mostly ignored in the drama of the fall.Report

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