Allusion on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight!


During my research of the movie the Hobbit,I begin talking about what I had planned to do for my allusion with a friend. Her interest in finding out what I meant by an allusion lead us to the topic of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. J.R. R. Tolkien, if you must know is the author of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings books, and all of which are brilliant pieces of literature. We know that they are great and interesting because J.R. R. Tolkien writes them. Interesting enough, we discussed the topic and other things that allude to such subliminal messages used by Tolkien. Then somehow, we were on the topic of Green horses. This topic lead us to the subject of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Tolkien and also Revelations the pale green horse. I am familiar with this text of Sir Gawain because of the recent English literature course. As many know, Tolkien is also known for being a literature professor and a linguist. He translated Gawain and the green knight from French. It deals with the realm of Camelot and the issues of Christianity mixing with traditional pagan gods and ideas. The green knight is, I think, supposed to be the Green Man or the god of the forest but we will discover later in this paper. Celtic mythology has different versions of him than in others. Tolkien was also really big into historical literature and did lots of other translations. So As we ended the topic, I found myself wanting to do my allusion on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. During Christmas at King Arthur’s court. the knights and court gather to celebrate in a feast known as all saints day. During the feast, King Arthur wanted to witness or hear something amazing, “glorious.” During this time, a mysterious man with “green skin” comes into the hall on a green horse desiring to challenge someone, or anyone. The green knight states that he’s arrive to test the honor of the legendary knights of the round table, and he suggest they play his a game. In this game, he will allow one to yield a fatal blow, and this one blow preferably from the hands of one of the king’s knight.  This however, will only be done if the knight agrees to meet him a year from today( meaning the day he challenged him) to receive a blow in return. Afraid of such an appeal and gazing upon a green monster looking man and horse, no one emerged from the audience to take on this challenge.

            The Green Knight maliciously mocks them and actually challenges King Arthur himself to take up the challenge. Nevertheless, before Arthur can even wallop a blow, his nephew, Sir Gawain, spoke out and said that “it’s dishonorable for the king to have to participate in such a ridiculous game.” So Gawain volunteers himself,  he is so brave. Then bringing down the axe on the green knight head Gawain slams down, and chopped his head off. Instead of dying, the green Knight picks up his own head, turns it to face the people, and tells Gawain to meet him at the green Chapel in a year and a day after, and he finally leaves out of the hall.The relevance of this is all in Revelations 6:8, “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth” ( thought as we discussed this topic in class about the word pale, “meaning green” I had to jump on this topic.In the greek text, as discussed in class the word “chloros” is present. “Chloros” means GREEN and it is the same as seen in the word chlorophyll, which is the green color of plants ( This is obviously the color of the horse and its rider. As mentioned by Ken Raggio,  the Old Testament allusion to the fourth horse in the bible is stated, “grisled and bay”( . However, “grisled” happens to be a texture (spotted or splotched) and not a color. The Hebrew word that is translated “bay” is stated by Raggio as not used anywhere else in the Bible. It is an vague term that could mean “strong or courageous.”  The act of Gawain if not noted should be seen as courageous, his willpower to give his life for King Arthur which shows his strong demeanor and selfless act of being generous. Much of Gawain focuses on exile, a mans punishment for his active will to sin. Gawain had a choice to complete the blow to the head and committed to it, and knowing his punishment towards the end. As noted earlier, the importance of the green knight leaving his sword with Gawain, could be seen as the sword of death, something that symbolizes an awaiting trial period that when the mystical creature comes back will erect its destruction and agony on its victim.Assuming that this sword holds the hellish expectation of a brutal death awaiting Gawain. In the (, it mentions that in revelations it explains the times in which provide a vision to the impending death, “a killing is timed to coincide with a ‘disclosure’ of god.” This is something that the green knight gives to Gawain as a revelation of what is to happen in his near future. This assumption could be seen as hell, in revelations we read of what is to follow this horse, and indeed it is prophetic. The most important fact is a horse was given power over the ¼ of the earth and it was to kill by the sword, famine, and death. Mind you, King Arthur was the authority in those parts, who deviously convinced his people whom he had control over that he was just as clueless as them but could easily control them. This story has many multiple levels and the fact that this Arthurian parable, the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an example, on how the green knight represents the Christian beliefs on the nature religion(


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