Emerald Green Knight Pt 1 of 2
I have taken the core words of some of these poems and traced them to Merovingian bloodlines. The Tribe of Dan was cursed by GOD and when researching these bloodlines you begin to get a feeling of the evil within. There are dragons, fairies (sprites), giants, magicians, and Hercules…the reader could just sit back and enjoy a tale, but I beg thee to question the intentions of the writers.
Approximately 600 years ago, a poet whose name has been lost to history wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. One of the eeriest stories in the Arthurian canon, the poem tells the story of a Christmas bargain struck between Sir Gawain and “a knight of such a kind entirely emerald green.” A mysterious giant warrior who has green skin and red eyes? A version of Green Man? Later the Green Knight appears as one of Arthur’s greatest companions in “King Arthur and King Cornwall”. This challenge is held in a “Green Chapel”, which is actually just a green mound of grass. The Chapel, however, is as difficult to interpret as the Knight himself. Despite its being a chapel, it is seen in Gawain’s eyes as an evil place: foreboding, “the most accursed church”, “the place for the Devil to recite matins”. However, when the mysterious Knight allows Gawain to live, Gawain immediately assumes the role of penitent to a priest or judge, as would be normal in an actual church. The Green Chapel may also be related to tales of fairy hills or knolls of earlier Celtic literature.
Also, not many may know this but in the Quran the figure Al-Khidr is called the “Green Man”. He tests Moses three times by doing seemingly evil acts, which are eventually revealed to be noble deeds to prevent greater evils or reveal great goods. Both the Arthurian Green Knight and Al-Khidr serve as teachers to holy and upright men (Gawain, Moses), who thrice put their faith and obedience to the test. It has been suggested that the character of the Green Knight may be a literary descendant of Al-Khidr, brought to Europe with the Crusaders and blended with Celtic and Arthurian imagery.
Green often in tales of this sort are simply used to embody the supernatural or spiritual world. In British folklore, the devil is mentioned with tones of green which I believe plays into the concept of this poem. Green is also known to have signified witchcraft, devilry and evil for its association with the fairies and spirits of early English folklore and for its association with decay and toxicity.
Because of his strange color, some scholars believe him to be a manifestation of the Green Man figure common in medieval art, or as a representation of nature. The fact that he carries a green holly branch, as well as the comparison of his beard to a bush, has guided many scholars in this direction. The gold entwined in the cloth wrapped around his axe, combined with the green, gives him both a wild and an aristocratic air. Others see him as being an incarnation of the Devil himself. In one interpretation, it is thought that the Green Knight, as the “Lord of Hades”, has come to challenge the noble knights of King Arthur’s court. Sir Gawain, the bravest of the knights, therefore proves himself the equal to Hercules in challenging the Knight, tying the story to ancient Greek mythology.
C.S. Lewis declared the Green Knight “as vivid and concrete as any image in literature” and further described him as:
a living coincidentia oppositorum; half giant, yet wholly a “lovely” knight”; as full of demoniac energy as old Karamazov, yet in his own house, as jolly as a Dickensian Christmas host; now exhibiting a ferocity so gleeful that it is almost genial, and now a geniality so outrageous that it borders on the ferocious; half boy or buffoon in his shouts and laughter and jumpings; yet at the end judging Gawain with the tranquil superiority of an angelic being.
The Green Knight is also compared to the English holiday figure Jack in the green. Jack is part of a May Day holiday tradition in some parts of England, but his connection to the Knight is found mainly in the Derbyshire tradition of Castleton Garland. In this tradition, a kind of Jack in the green known as the Garland King is led through the town on a horse, wearing a bell-shaped garland of flowers that covers his entire upper body, and followed by young girls dressed in white, who dance at various points along the route (formerly the town’s bellringers, who still make the garland, also performed this role). Amongst modern “folkies” and neo-pagans the Jack in the Green has become identified with the mysterious Green Man depicted in mediaeval church carvings and is widely felt to be an embodiment of natural fertility, a spirit of the primeval greenwood and a trickster; by extension he is linked to such mythological characters as Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Robin Hood, the wild man, and the Green Knight, among others such as the folklore behind the legend of Robin Hood. At the end of May a Jack is an essential part of the Pagan Pride parade in Holborn.
The poem has been translated before, notably by J.R.R. Tolkien and W.S. Merwin. Simon Armitage’s new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the Middle English is a masterpiece, but the core is not about fictional characters.
His Sir Gawain belongs in the same company as Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf or Sweeney Astray. There are dragons, and Grendels and Green Knights. But one needs to realize these are not just tales from ole’ but actually one has to engulf oneself into the essence of the plot and imagine the tale an actual reality. Once you do this, it becomes a whole ‘new world’.
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest;
So he winds through the wilds of the world once more,
Gawain on Gringolet, by the grace of God,
under a roof sometimes and sometimes roughing it,
and in valleys and vales had adventures and victories
but time is too tight to tell how they went.
Although these are considered masterpieces, you need be accustom to the fact that the occult runs through the plot in most of these tales. The literal characters are coupled in reality. Myths are more reality than just legend, even though we are told differently.
Actual Manuscript Page of Beowulf
In the last British census, a remarkable number of people identified themselves as pagans, wiccans, druids and pantheists. (Mind you, there was also a large contingent who identified themselves as Jedi Knights)
Pagan and folkloric ceremonies are making something of a comeback in the UK, and various May Day celebrations, both old and new, can be found across the British Isles — such as the Beltane Fire Festival in Scotland, the Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss Festival in Cornwall, and the Parade of the Ooser in Dorset.
Sir Robert Bruce Cotton
MODERN PAGAN MAY FESTIVALS
A TIDBIT: The woodland character, Jack o’ the Green, was played by Tom Cruise in the film Legend.
Satan loves green, hence the whole ‘mother earth’ recycle bit. He wants humanity to worship the earth vs. GOD. There is not doubt in my mind that these writers are taught the Masonic values and core morals of this secret society which warps their reasoning into what we read.
Infused into these legends are the essence of the occult but all one need do is research these writers to find their agenda. Breeding these thoughts into innocent children minds changes their reasoning, eventually giving them reason to doubt our Most High GOD.
Part 2 will reveal the connection to the Dan bloodlines and Hercules, also leading to the Tuatha Dé Danann