CDs and Such

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

My present project is a recording of my own translation of the whole of the 14th century ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’. No complete recording has been made before.

I have already made the first recording of the entire text in its Middle English dialect.

The story takes 3 hours to tell in all its magnificence.

Listen to an extract

In my translation and my presentation of the original text I shall be demonstrating a simple musically-based solution to the rhythmic nature of the alliterative verse.

Tolkien, who was one of the editors of the text, does get quite close in his own translation; but I shall more faithfully represent the true diction, quantity and rhythm of the lines than does he, Marie Borroff, Brian Stone, Keith Harrison or that most recent pretender, Simon Armitage.

There will be a single CD of extracts from both the translation and the original text.