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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Audiobook

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Publisher's Summary

A collection of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour.

©1975 J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (p)1997 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

What the Critics Say

"The introduction to Gawain is a little masterpiece." (Times Higher Educational Supplement)
"This magnificent Arthurian tale of love, sex, honour, social tact, personal integrity and folk-magic is one of the greatest and most approachable narrative poems in the language. Tolkien's version makes it come triumphantly alive, a moving and consoling elegy." (Birmingham Post)

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    "The best translation"
    If you could sum up Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in three words, what would they be?

    Tolkien, Arthurian poetry


    Any additional comments?

    Terry Jones did a brilliant reading and Tolkien 's translation of these poems are the best around.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stef 05-10-17
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    "Interesting stories"

    Tolkien opens the stories by explaining it was written a long time ago for an audience very different to us, the stories are quaint and fun, but not thrilling or gripping by modern standards. Still fun though.

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    James Riley 04-12-17
    James Riley 04-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant, A Delight"

    Tolkien's translation, Jones' narration, and three fascinating poems made for a delightful afternoon of listening.

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    Dragonfly Samurai 04-02-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm game for Sci Fi, Fantasy, Fiction, History. I may even try this venue for learning languages. I have also come to love Great Courses.

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    "Don't worry Arthur. I've got this. (Gawain)"
    What made the experience of listening to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the most enjoyable?

    It was great listening to something of such an ancient date. I may have never listened to this before, but then I saw J.R.R. Tolkien and thought I could give it a try. It's a good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

    The first appearance of the Green Knight.


    What does Terry Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I cannot say.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not. It's a great short story. I don't remember how old it is, but what a great way to get people interested in ancient stories by having a great and well known Author rewrite it.


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    10/24/06
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    "Good stories brilliantly read by Terry Jones"

    Terry Jones gives a brilliant reading and the introductions and poems themselves are very interesting. Although younger Tolkein fans may find some moments in this collection a little bit difficult to get into.
    Being a picky type, I deducted one star for a bit of sloppy presentation here and there. The download has been taken from a CD package and two random rounge 'end of disc' moments have made it to the download. The joy of audio books is getting lost in a story and these few moments break that feeling. But pickyness aside this is a good quality, but not outstanding choice that I would recomend to old and young listeners alike.
    If you enjoy a bit of Tolkien, the tales of King Arthur, Monty Python or a you like a bit of a theological edge to your listening, you will find a lot to enjoy here.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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