History Literature / SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight

9th Feb '16 6:49:24 AM Redmess
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* CoversAlwaysLie: The paperback cover for Tolkien's edition to ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight'' features the eponymous Green Knight as a giant grass monster, a far cry from the description of the Knight in the book, who has merely green skin and green armor and clothes, instead of being covered head to toe in long green fur.
2nd Jan '16 3:06:49 PM Give1Take2
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* CantArgueWithElves: The Green Knight/Lord Bertilak is an almost perfect representation of the chivalric code, including his fearlessness in battle. Of course, it's easy to be fearless when he can just pick up his severed head and reattach it later. Nevertheless, he never hesitates to mock King Arthur and his knights for their "cowardice" in fearing death. No one ever calls him out on it.


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* CourtlyLove: Lady Bertilak and Sir Gawain develop this kind of relationship. Lady Bertilak keeps trying to take it further, but Sir Gawain demurs... up to a point.


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* TheFairFolk: The Green Knight is all but stated to be this. His castle being green even in winter and the ways in which he (and his wife) tests Sir Gawain is also very typical fair folk behavior.


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* NeverLiveItDown: Gawain's fate if he doesn't answer the Green Knight's challenge on the appointed date.


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* NobodyCallsMeChicken: How the Green Knight prompts King Arthur to accept his challenge, which is what prompts Sir Gawain to accept on his behalf.
3rd May '15 6:17:06 PM Smurfton
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The test of character by "beheading dare" is found earlier in the [[CelticMythology Irish legendary romance]] ''Bricriu's Feast''. ''Gawain and the Green Knight'' was recounted by Thomas Mallory in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' and has been translated by, among others, Creator/JRRTolkien.

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The test of character by "beheading dare" is found earlier in the [[CelticMythology [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legendary romance]] ''Bricriu's Feast''. ''Gawain and the Green Knight'' was recounted by Thomas Mallory in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' and has been translated by, among others, Creator/JRRTolkien.
25th Dec '14 1:40:57 PM LordGro
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* KnightErrant: Gawain spends an entire year riding around Britain in search of the Green Knight, and during that time has many adventures which are alluded to but not told. {{Trope Namer|s}}: The oldest recorded occurrence of the phrase (as "knygt erraunt") is here.

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* KnightErrant: From the feast of All Hallows to Christmas, Gawain spends an entire year riding rides around Britain in search of the Green Knight, and during that time has many adventures battles with monsters and wild animals which are alluded to but not told. {{Trope Namer|s}}: The oldest recorded occurrence use of the phrase (as "knygt erraunt") is occurs here.
25th Dec '14 9:33:59 AM LordGro
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* KnightErrant: Gawain during his search for the Green Knight. TropeNamer: The oldest recorded use of the phrase (as "knygt erraunt") is here.

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* KnightErrant: Gawain during his spends an entire year riding around Britain in search for of the Green Knight. TropeNamer: Knight, and during that time has many adventures which are alluded to but not told. {{Trope Namer|s}}: The oldest recorded use occurrence of the phrase (as "knygt erraunt") is here.



* UrExample: Of KnightErrant.



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24th Nov '14 8:35:37 AM Patachou
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* ShoutOut: ''Literature/ReynardTheFox'' is referenced in the tale.
30th Jul '14 7:15:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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* HonorBeforeReason: The only thing binding Gawain to the agreement is his sense of honor. This is to be expected in a shame culture, where reputation is everything. He turns out to be reasonable enough to [[IDontWantToDie want to keep a silk belt that will stop him from being expectedly killed]], at least.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The only thing binding Gawain to the agreement is his sense of honor. This is to be expected in a shame culture, where reputation is everything. He turns out to be reasonable enough to [[IDontWantToDie want to keep a silk belt that will stop him from being expectedly killed]], killed, at least.



* IDontWantToDie: Gawain kept a silk belt from Lady Bertilak which she told him would prevent him from dying (despite his agreement with Lord Bertilak implying he should have given it to him), and flinches when the Green Knight is about to execute him.
17th Mar '14 3:23:01 PM VutherA
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* HonorBeforeReason: The only thing binding Gawain to the agreement is his sense of honor. This is to be expected in a shame culture, where reputation is everything.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The only thing binding Gawain to the agreement is his sense of honor. This is to be expected in a shame culture, where reputation is everything. He turns out to be reasonable enough to [[IDontWantToDie want to keep a silk belt that will stop him from being expectedly killed]], at least.



* IDontWantToDie: Gawain flinches when the Green Knight is about to execute him.

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* IDontWantToDie: Gawain kept a silk belt from Lady Bertilak which she told him would prevent him from dying (despite his agreement with Lord Bertilak implying he should have given it to him), and flinches when the Green Knight is about to execute him.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: King Arthur at the start and Gawain near the end.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: King Arthur at the start and Gawain near the end.



* TheVamp: Lady Bertilak keeps trying to tempt Gawain and is the one who gives him the girdle that makes him ultimate fail his test. Gawain claims he has learned never to trust women, that they only lead you to sin, etc. etc. The Green Knight tells him this is ridiculous and that he has to take responsibility for his own failure.

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* TheVamp: Lady Bertilak keeps trying to tempt Gawain and is the one who gives him the girdle that makes him ultimate ultimately fail his test.test (though only by a bit). Gawain claims he has learned never to trust women, that they only lead you to sin, etc. etc. The Green Knight tells him this is ridiculous and that he has to take responsibility for his own failure.
22nd Oct '13 12:16:46 AM 102372
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2nd Aug '13 10:31:57 AM LordGro
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* KnightErrant: TropeNamer: The oldest recorded use of the phrase (as "knygt erraunt") is here.

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* KnightErrant: Gawain during his search for the Green Knight. TropeNamer: The oldest recorded use of the phrase (as "knygt erraunt") is here.
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