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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the most intact of the Middle English Romances and for this it is one of the most important pieces that allows the reader to better understand the style and influences of Middle English novelists While the story of a chivalric quest in search of a mystical being allows the reader to delve into the ideologies and ways of thinking of the medieval people it is the authors diction and literary devices that make this work able to be fully appreciated by the reader However since the Middle English text is inaccessible to most people the translation of the piece must be done such that the same emotions and descriptions prevail JRR Tolkien does a marvelous job of this in his translation with the result being a piece that carries the aura of the medieval times in its entire chivalric and romantic splendor Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the epitome of a Middle English Romance because of the vivid descriptions literary devices and medieval diction brought from the original piece to the translation The fluidity of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight created by the authors use of alliteration greatly enhances the readability and allows the reader to better appreciate the medieval language and descriptions The abounding alliteration adds to the already masterful use of the English language that Tolkien employs in his translation Passages filled with alliteration like upon festival so fair ere he first were apprised of some strange story or stirring adventure or some moving marvel that he might believe in and the mightiest on middle-earth in measure of height from his gorge to his girdle so great and so square and his loins and his limbs so long and so huge are the normal rather than the exception making this piece very unique in that the alliteration is used to create flow and harmony throughout the entire piece rather
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