Nova Mob, 4th may: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Terry Frost on The Green Knight (2021 film)

Lucy Sussex on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Arthurian legend)

Combined Zoom and face-to-face meeting. 

Lucy and Terry will be speaking on location from the Kensington Town Hall.

Terry Frost won the 2021 William Atheling, Jr. Award for Criticism or Review, for his reviews in Terry Talks Movies. His YouTube channel of film reviews has more than 1.2 million hits and has a patreon option.

Lucy Sussex is an Honorary Fellow at Federation and La Trobe Universities and has taught at Clarion West,  been shortlisted (as editor) for the World Fantasy Award, is currently on the Hugo ballot within the context of McIntyre & Nette’s Dangerous Visions… , and has won various sf awards including the Ian Gunn Memorial Award for services to sf fandom.

Lucy and Terry are Nova Mob members.

Thanks to Lucy for organising this topic and speakers.

It’s worth watching the movie before the Mob meeting.

“As of November 2021, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film had an approval rating of 89% based on 278 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10. The site’s critics’ consensus reads, “The Green Knight honors and deconstructs its source material in equal measure, producing an absorbing adventure that casts a fantastical spell.”[35] As of November 2021, on Metacritic, it had a weighted average score of 85 out of 100 based on 49 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”. [From wikipedia]

“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century chivalric romance in Middle English. The author is unknown; the title was given centuries later. It is one of the best-known Arthurian stories, with its plot combining two types of folk motifs: the beheading game, and the exchange of winnings. Written in stanzas of alliterative verse, each of which ends in a rhyming bob and wheel;[1] it draws on Welsh, Irish, and English stories, as well as the French chivalric tradition. It is an important example of a chivalric romance, which typically involves a hero who goes on a quest which tests his prowess. It remains popular in modern English renderings from J. R. R. TolkienSimon Armitage, and others, as well as through film and stage adaptations. 

“The story describes how Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur‘s Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious “Green Knight” who dares any knight to strike him with his axe if he will take a return blow in a year and a day. Gawain accepts and beheads him, at which the Green Knight stands, picks up his head, and reminds Gawain of the appointed time. In his struggles to keep his bargain, Gawain demonstrates chivalry and loyalty until his honour is called into question by a test involving the lord and the lady of the castle at which he is a guest. The poem survives in one manuscriptCotton Nero A.x., which also includes three religious narrative poemsPearlCleanness, and Patience. All are thought to have been written by the same author, dubbed the “Pearl Poet” or “Gawain Poet,” since all four are written in a North West Midlands dialect of Middle English.[2][3] [From Wikipedia]

Those seeking to read this poem in the original Middle English (North West Midlands dialect) are asked to click here.

In Person: Kensington Town Hall

You are invited to a Nova Mob gathering at: Wednesday 4 May 8.00pm – 9.30 pm or so, first floor Conference Room

Kensington Town Hall 30 – 34 Bellair St, Kensington Melbourne VIC 3031

Simultaneously with a Zoom meeting. 

COVID-19 protocols apply. Please don’t attend if you feel unwell, or if you are not fully vaccinated.

By Zoom – as transmitted from the Kensington Town Hall

Wednesday 4 May

8.00pm – 9.30 pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time
7.30pm – 9.00pm Adelaide time
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Meeting ID: 417 758 3193