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Emerald Green Knight PT2 of 2

Emerald Green Knight PT2 of 2


In fairy tales, medieval romances, and many ancient myths, the hero is frequently sent to slay a “dragon” or “serpent” that is endangering the kingdom. Dragons and serpents, according to Eliade, always represent the primordial chaos.
From dragons to mermaids, of fallen angels and giants to demi-gods-we have it all!

The poem has been translated before, notably by J.R.R. Tolkien and W.S. Merwin. Simon Armitage’s new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the Middle English is a masterpiece, but the core is not about fictional characters.
His Sir Gawain belongs in the same company as Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf or Sweeney Astray. There are dragons, and Grendels and Green Knights. But one needs to realize these are not just tales from ole’ but actually one has to engulf oneself into the essence of the plot and imagine the tale an actual reality. Once you do this, it becomes a whole ‘new world’.

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