Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by Terry Jones
  • 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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.

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- James

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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- Dragonfly Samurai

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited