Canto VI: The Departure of Gawain
In what feels like an historic moment, the long-worked on Canto VI – following from the fifth Canto of Tolkien’s unfinished poem The Fall of Arthur – is finally complete.
It’s been almost a year since I first started work on this project (and here’s hoping I won’t take as long to complete the other planned cantos).
If this is the first time you’re reading about this little project of mine, head over to the first post to learn how it all started.
As I’ve said many times, I’m in no way attempting to do the impossible and write at the same level of Tolkien. But hopefully, I have captured some of the style of writing and a feel of the Old English metre (which is not strictly adhered to).
I’ve done some reshuffling and re-structuring on how I plan to continue the poem. In fact, two more Cantos will follow in order to complete the Arthurian cycle. Continue reading “Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ – Canto VI Finished!”
Gawain reaches the shores of Romeril
A new update from this project. The following verses continue from where I left off in update 3, here.
At this point in the story, Arthur finds himself hesitating in initiating the attack on Romeril. Thus, Gawain seizes control of a ship and sails towards the coast – hoping to win the beach with a handful of men.
The following verses also attempt to introduce the rather wonderful concept Tolkien was also aiming at including in his poem: that Gawain’s inhuman strength – aided by his shield – reached its peak at noon: giving him superior prowess in battle.
But more writing about this will follow … As always, enjoy 🙂 Continue reading “Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ – Update 4”
A few more verses…
Continuing right where I left off during the last update, here’s some further writing. Nothing major, just a couple of new verses on Mordred’s response at Arthur’s arrival to Britain’s coasts.
Please enjoy 🙂
Continue reading “Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ – Update 3”
The Writing Continues Fervently
You may or may not remember (for which I wouldn’t blame you), that I had in mind a little project that would attempt to conclude Tolkien’s unfinished poem The Fall of Arthur.
You may also recall how much I love this poem and that I had posted an extract way back at the end of August last year (The Writing Begins), hoping to complete the poem in a further 4 cantos (approximately 200 lines each).
Tolkien’s poem ends at Canto V (‘Of the setting of the sun at Romeril’); this project thereby attempts to reconstruct Cantos VI to IX. Weirdly enough, my first update picked up from Canto VII, titled: ‘Arthur lands in Romeril’.
This time, I’m posting an extract from the beginning of Canto VI: ‘The Departure of Gawain’.
As I’ve said before, the verses are more in freestyle form rather than the Old English metre I had originally attempted. I’ve decided to focus more on the rhythm and the sense of every line.
Furthermore, I am in no way attempting to write on the same level as Professor Tolkien – that is rather impossible to do.
Continue reading “Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ ~ Update 2”
The Fall of Arthur might not appeal to every reader interested in the stories and realms from Middle-earth. The poem, considering its subject matter and unfinished state, might put off some people attempting to tackle this slightly academic book.
The reason for this post is for me to try and convince you in giving it a go!
Continue reading “Approaching Tolkien: The Fall of Arthur”