J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'The introduction to Gawain is a little masterpiece.'
Times Higher Educational Supplement
'This magnificent Arthurian tale of love, sex, honour, social
tact, personal integrity and folk-magic is one of the greatest and
most approachable narrative poems in the language. Tolkien's
version makes it come triumphantly alive, a moving and consoling