Sir Gawain and the Green Knight belong to the Alliterative Revival and is written in stanzas. It is divided in 4 parts, and the first one has 21 stanzas.
At the beginning, it is briefly explained how Aenas settles in the West Islands (West Europe), Romulus in Rome, Ticius in Tuscany, Langobabard in Lombardy and Felix Brutus in Britain, where there are wars and fights constantly.
The narrator, starts explaining a story about King Arthur and his Court. He says King Arthur was the best King of all, his Court was the best Court of all and his women the prettiest of all. God was only above them. His fame was known worldwide.
It was Christmas time, and they celebrated it for fifteen days. They were about to eat all together in the Hall. Their seats were higher depending on their dignity. The Queen, Guenevere, was sitting at the top with Gawain and Agravain à la dure (Gawain’s brother) on her side. She was the most beautiful women. King Arthur would never start eating until everyone on his Court is been served, but that day, he had a request. He won’t eat until someone tells him a brave story or fight until death.
Suddenly, a sound was heard and a green man, riding a green horse, appeared. Nobody knew who he was, but he was corpulent, very big. His clothes were full of beautiful gems. He had long hair and a beard. His horse was beautiful too. Everybody knew, that he was very powerful. He didn’t have nor armor or sword with him.
The Green Knight came into the hall, still riding his horse with his head held high not looking at anyone. King Arthur invited him to stay and celebrate Christmas with them, but he declined the invitation but asked for something. His purpose wasn’t a fight, he wants someone to give him a blow and in a year and one day, he would give that blow back to that person. The brave knight that does that will receive his worthy ax.
Nobody replied, so the Green Knight starting laughing at the powerful Court... [continues]
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