Gawayne and the Green Knight (Lewis Translation Version 2)

The Gawain Poet
Translated by Charlton Miner Lewis (1866 - 1923)

Published in 1903, Gawayne and the Green Knight is a modern-language retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a 14th-century verse romance following a young knight of the Round Table. During Christmas celebrations, a mysterious, entirely green knight presents a challenge to King Arthur's court: that any may strike the stranger a single blow with his green axe, provided he assent to receiving the same a year later. Gawayne accepts the challenge, and its unexpected outcome leads to a great test of his courage and knighthood. A significant addition to this version is the Lady Elfinhart, whose back-story and romance with Gawayne are tightly interwoven with the plot. (Summary by Jerome Lawsen)

Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Canto I - The Green Knight Jerome Lawsen
Play 02 02 - Canto II - Elfinhart Jerome Lawsen
Play 03 03 - Canto III - Gawayne Jerome Lawsen
Play 04 04 - Canto IV - Conclusion Jerome Lawsen