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Fytte the First, Stanzas 1–2 The narrator describes the founding of Rome, Britain, and other areas in medieval Europe. Aeneas, warrior at the siege... Read More
Fytte the First, Stanzas 3–6 At Christmastime, Arthur is feasting in his home in Camelot; the feast lasts for 15 days. Knights, lords, and ladies a... Read More
Fytte the First, Stanzas 7–9 Before the first course can be served, a stranger enters the hall. He rides in on a horse, but even seated he's one of... Read More
Fytte the First, Stanzas 10–14 The hero is missing certain essential pieces of armor, like a hauberk (mail covering for the neck and shoulders) and a... Read More
Fytte the First, Stanza 15–17 King Arthur says the Green Knight's request is foolish, but he asked for it. He raises the axe and is about to attack ... Read More
Fytte the First, Stanzas 18–21 The Green Knight asks Gawain to promise in a year and a day's time, he'll seek the Knight "wheresoever thou thinkest/I... Read More
Fytte the Second, Stanzas 1–2 Fytte the Second begins by recalling the Green Knight's game at the previous New Year's celebration. But, the narrator... Read More
Fytte the Second, Stanzas 3–7 Gawain stays in the hall till Allhallows day, when Arthur has a feast in Gawain's honor. Gawain announces he'll leave ... Read More
Fytte the Second, Stanzas 8–11 Gawain spurs Gringolet and rides off. The members of Arthur's court lament Gawain's departure on a quest they are sure... Read More
Fytte the Second, Stanzas 12–15 After Gawain prays, he finds a dwelling on a hill, hidden behind huge trees. It's a beautiful castle on a prairie. Gaw... Read More
Fytte the Second, Stanzas 16–19 A chair and an ermine-skinned mantle (cloak) are prepared for Gawain. He feasts on fish and wine (but not meat). The h... Read More
Fytte the Second, Stanzas 20–24 On Christmas morning, Gawain sits in the middle of the table for the feast. He's seated by the Lady of Hautdesert, and... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 1–2 Bertilak wakes up early the next morning, along with the other castle guests who plan to hunt. They eat, attend Mass, ... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 3–7 Gawain is resting but awake in the daylight as the other men hunt. The Lady of Hautdesert enters his room. Gawain, shy... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 8–11 Bertilak piles the many deer and does that he's slain into a quarry, or heap of game. He and his men cut the deer piec... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 12–13 The next morning, the hunting hounds catch the scent of an animal. The hunters follow the hounds to a hill beside a cl... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 14–16 Gawain greets the Lady of Hautdesert politely. She laughs and says he's already forgotten what she taught him yesterda... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 17–19 While Gawain enjoys himself with the ladies of the castle, Bertilak continues to chase the boar on his hunt. The boar ... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 20–22 Bertilak discusses his challenging hunt, and Gawain commends him. They handle the boar's head. Gawain receives the gam... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 23–24 Bertilak and his men hunt a fox in a field. They chase the wily Reynard (a generic name for foxes) through groves and ... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 25–29 Gawain is having nightmares about his impending duel with the Green Knight. He's glad to see the Lady of Hautdesert wh... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 30–32 The Lady of Hautdesert leaves, having gotten all the entertainment she can from Gawain. He dresses and hides the green... Read More
Fytte the Third, Stanzas 33–34 Gawain, Bertilak, and the lords and ladies of the castle have a joyful night, with jokes, games, and laughter. B... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 1–3 New Year's dawns cold and stormy; clouds, snow, and wind make the outdoors forbidding. Gawain wakes early; he hasn't s... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 4–7 The castle drawbridge drops and Gawain rides away. He and the servant go through banks, cliffs, and moors, all shroude... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 8–10 Gawain rides down the path the servant showed him, but sees only rocks and crags—no sign of a chapel. He notices a gra... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 11–14 The Green Knight welcomes Gawain and reminds him of the terms of their agreement. He'll give Gawain one stroke on the ... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 15–18 The Green Knight laughs. He's pleased by Gawain's willingness to fight. He says Gawain has kept up his part of the bar... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 19–20 Gawain will keep the green lace—not for its beautiful materials or craftsmanship, he says, but as a sign of his own fa... Read More
Fytte the Fourth, Stanzas 21–22 Gawain and Gringolet have their share of adventures on the ride back to King Arthur's castle, but the narrator doesn't... Read More
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