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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - J. R. R. Tolkien

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

By: J. R. R. Tolkien (Editor), E. V. Gordon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th January 1967
ISBN: 9780198114864
Number Of Pages: 264

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Quite simply the best edition there is! * Nancy P. Stork, Stanford University *

Preface to the Second Editionp. v
Preface to the First Editionp. vii
Introductionp. xi
The Textp. xxviii
Sir Gawayn and 01f7e Grene Kny021dtp. 1
Notesp. 70
Appendixp. 132
Select Bibliographyp. 153
Abbreviationsp. 157
Glossaryp. 159
Index of Namesp. 231
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ISBN: 9780198114864
ISBN-10: 0198114869
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th January 1967
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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J.R.R. Tolkien

About the Author


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

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