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Throughout his life, Professor J.R.R. Tolkien held alliterative poetry in particular affection, and over many years he endeavored to perfect translations into current speech of those middle-English poems of which he was most fond.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl, two major and long-neglected poems by an unknown author, derive from the West Midlands, an area of England with which Professor Tolkien felt a strong affinity, and where the alliterative tradition survived strongly in the fourteenth century. Sir Orfeo is a slighter, but no less attractive, poem from a different tradition, and was a special favorite of its translator.
These three translations represent with great skill the complete rhyme and alliterative schemes of the originals. They constitute a triumphant memorial to a life-long love of language and its expression in metre and verse·form. No scholar who reads them with attention will fail to find illumination, and no reader of Professor Tolkien's widely known imaginative works will feel disappointed, or fail to perceive in every page flashes of familiarity. It was, indeed, to the general reader that he wished to interpret these poems, and in doing so to lose neither the narrataive skill nor the heightened poetic expression of the originals.
Translation of this quality creates and recreates a work of great intrinsic value, and Professor Tolkien would rejoice if his part in this process contributes to a more general recognition that Gawain and Pearl is poetry of the highest attainment, coeval with Chaucer's and in no sense inferior.
This book has been prepared for publication by Christopher Tolkien, who is a fellow and tutor in English of New College, Oxford.
Language Notes: Text: English (translation)
Title: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and ...
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: 1975
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Allen & Unwin, London, 1975. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Dustwrapper, pp.149. Three Middle English poems from the 14th century translated into current speech by Tolkien. Wrapper a little creased to edges in places, priceclipped, else clean and sound as indeed are the contents. Fine in VG dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005748
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1975. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First printing of first UK edition. Very Good Minus in a Very Good dust jacket. Book is unmarked and in nice shape but for some rather heavy rubbing to top edge of boards. Price-clipped jacket has a minute (one-sixteenth-inch) tear at top front flap. No chips. 149 pages. Published posthumously. Bookseller Inventory # 41672
Book Description London: George Allen & Unwin 1975 First Edition, First Printing 8vo 149pp ISBN 0-04-821035-8, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. GD+ original green cloth, light edgewear, hinges very slightly strained, former owner's name in ink to ffep, underlining & marginalia in ink throughout the Introduction & Sir Gawain, otherwise a clean copy, in VG+ price-clipped DW, protected in Brodart sleeve. A good working copy. Bookseller Inventory # 00020
Book Description Geoge Allen & Unwin, 1975. 1st edition.. Cloth, dj, F/G+. 149pp, dustjacket spine faded & yellowed to the slightly worn edges, the book itself in fine condition. Tolkien's translations of three Medieval Middle English poems. Tolkien's skill as a translator preserving the rhyme & alliterative schemes of the original works. 400 grams. Bookseller Inventory # 48715
Book Description George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1975. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Good condition green cloth with gilt ntitles to spine, unclipped dustjacket in good condition with top edge and spine a little sunned. An excellent first printed copy of this title. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003889
Book Description Allen & Unwin, Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1975. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. 148 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 103307
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London., 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Impression 1975. Book has a handfu lof foxing spots to the fore edges and very light tape stain transfer to the endpapers from the protective sleeve. Jacket is clipped and there are no inscriptions.149pp. Bookseller Inventory # 017346
Book Description U.S.A.: George Allen & Unwin, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition... collection of Tolkein stories. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16520848200
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110048210358
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, UK, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. 148 pages; Fine/Fine. Beautiful book in like dust jacket, in protective sleeve. The study of Sir Gawain, the finest of all the English medieval romances, was signally advanced by the publication in 1925 of the edition by the late Professors Tolkien and Gordon, but after forty years the time came for revision. The new edition pursues the aim of the first, to present an accurate text pleasantly, with sufficient apparatus to enable the reader to understand the rich but difficult language, and so to reach for himself an informed appreciation for the poem. Bookseller Inventory # 20432