Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Profile for Pamela Drouin > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Pamela Drouin
Top Reviewer Ranking: 8,792,843
Helpful Votes: 18

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Pamela Drouin (USA)

Page: 1
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Translations, 22 Nov. 2004
I must clarify that "A Reader" is incorrect in stating that King Orfeo's daughter is kidnapped, rather it was his wife. "Sir Orfeo" is based on the classical myth of Orpheus and Euridice, where the characters are renamed by the anonymous poet as Orfeo and Heurodis. This Breton Lay has a decidedly happier ending than the classic version. This lay is heavily Christianized, but the Celtic elements also present render it a complex and sophisticated poem, difficult to pin down in a single interpretation. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is perhaps the best Middle English work, but "Sir Orfeo" is a close second. I am pleased with Tolkein's translation, which is faithful to the Auchinleck Manuscript (as far as I can tell, it doesn't say in my copy of the book which MS it is based on).

Page: 1