Losing my father as a child and watching my son die from the plague tragedy is ever present in my life. Therefore, Sir Gawain, your story has a place right in my heart. I know what a burden must reside within, while you seen the emerald knight. But honor you carry so proudly, like my father you act. Insuring the name of Arthur remains unblemished, a man of you word you are. Surely the Lord on High is watching you daily. His hand was upon you when the stranger rode in during your festive celebration. Watching him covered in green head to toe upon a steed of the same you would not let your king risk his life but yours instead would be offered. The Almighty’s hand remained true as you too up his ax and landed it into his flesh. What happened next none could predict. Realizing what you had committed yourself to as you watched the green being carry off his head, you knew what was to come. Those of your table sulking also knew your fate. Partake in all there was you did preparing for your departure. A better case I’d never thought. May your armor emblazoned with the honorable pentangle hold strong and your swift blade hit true. Drink often but take heed of what lies before you if ever it you find.

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Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

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  1. Good Sir Jonson I must agree with you on your observance of the Green Knight. He is absolutely spectacular. I wish i thought of something like that. Though i must disagree on your thoughts of the almighty God being part of it. I mean you must have guessed that i have my doubts on the “higher being” though i like the idea that someone is out there controlling your actions. In my Macbeth I write of three sisters who are witches who predict and make happen what Macbeth will do. But to say that there is one almighty being out there then i must disagree with you sir.

  2. Mr Jonson, I’m glad you find the Almighty to be relable to these “annual” activities as the knight called it. Gawain needs the praise and faith to go forth in his journey. He needs to be respectable of the pentagle and what it stands for. Hopefully no woman looking as I do will be there to distract his chivalric codes. 😉

  3. Jonson, I have agreed that the Almighty has been with Gawain throughout and he will be forgiven of his sin. There is no need for the girdle to be worn. He was deceitful to his host, but has paid the price. And that wretched wife, poor Gawain was swept up into her plan of seduction. But through all this, God the Almighty will forgive.

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