Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (edition)

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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EditorJ.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon (with Norman Davis 2nd ed.)
PublisherOxford University Press
Released23 April 1925
(1967 2nd ed.)
Pages211 (232 2nd ed.)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a 14th century manuscript. In 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon published a scholarly edition of it. It was not a translation, though Tolkien did make one, published later along with his translations of Pearl and Sir Orfeo. The text was substantially corrected in 1936, but with Gordon's death Tolkien left the work unfinished and the second edition was later prepared by Norman Davis and published in 1967.[1]

Back cover (2nd edition)[edit]

The study of Sir Gawain, the finest of all the English medieval romances, was signally advanced by the publication in 1925 of the edition by the late Professors Tolkien and Gordon. This remained the most widely used text of the poem; but after forty years the time came for revision. The new edition pursues the aim of the first – to present an accurate text pleasantly, with sufficient apparatus to enable a reader to understand the rich but difficult language, and so to reach for himself an informed appreciation of the poem. The Text, and the iniquely full glossary, were revised to take account of recent views. The Introduction, Notes, and Linguistic Appendix were largely rewritten; and the book was entirely reset.

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  1. ""Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"", Questia (accessed 22 March 2023)