Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
The Green Knight, before engaging in axery (hey, I just invented a word!), utters the immortal line, "Have at thee!" which has actually been in my own personal lexicon for years. I suspect this is just an invention of the translator, but still, it makes me like this crazy-ass story even more.
Oh, and yeah, the Green Knight, get ready for this, is actually the Master. Not since the revelation that Darth Vader was Luke's father has anything so rocked the core of my being, mostly because it's really, really stupid. Apparently, the entire affair was orchestrated by the Master's good friend, Morgan le Faye (seriously), who wanted to test the mettle of Arthur's knights. Because Gawain, with his magic sash, is a big cheater, the test was failed. The Green Knight / Master shames Gawain for his cowardly use of the magical accessory, but then promptly invites our hero over for yet more partying.
Which is to say, Gawain's entire journey was just an excuse to get drunk and make out. I guess there are worse things to fight for.
Author: The Pearl Poet • Year: c. 14th Century • Info:Wikipedia
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