Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo (unclipped first edition) - Translated by J. R. R. Tolkien
Condition: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1975 first edition. Very good hardback. 148 pages. Some slight shelfwear along the edges (as can be expected by its year), a marginal stain on front of dust jacket. Otherwise the book appears to be in pristine condition without any other signs of wear.
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400. Sir Gawain is a romance, a fairy-tale for adults, full of life and colour; but it is also much more than this, being at the same time a powerful moral tale which examines religious and social values.
Pearl is apparently an elegy on the death of a child, a poem pervaded with a sense of great personal loss: but, like Gawain it is also a sophisticated and moving debate on much less tangible matters.
Sir Orfeo is a slighter romance, belonging to an earlier and different tradition. It was a special favourite of Tolkien's. The three translations represent the complete rhyme and alliterative schemes of the originals." ~ Goodreads.