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The myth of Gawain and the Green Knight - Dan Kwartler

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It was Christmas in Camelot and King Arthur was throwing a party. In the midst of the revelry, a towering knight proposed a game. He challenged the warriors present to attack him with his own axe. If they could strike him down, they would win his powerful weapon. However, he would be allowed to return the blow in one year. Dan Kwartler details the myth of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Dan Kwartler
  • Director Sarina Nihei
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Sarina Nihei
  • Animator Sarina Nihei
  • Compositor Sarina Nihei
  • Art Director Sarina Nihei
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Content Associate Abdallah Ewis
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace
Additional Resources for you to Explore
The Cotton Nero A.x. Project is a collaboration between international scholars and the British Library that provides high-quality images of the only known manuscript that contains 14th century poems including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester contains a wealth of information on all aspects of the Arthurian legends and characters including an in-depth history of GawainThe Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is a reference guide to Arthurian works, names, characters, symbols, and places which includes an entire section dedicated to Gawain’s legacy and influence.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Dan Kwartler
  • Director Sarina Nihei
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Sarina Nihei
  • Animator Sarina Nihei
  • Compositor Sarina Nihei
  • Art Director Sarina Nihei
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Content Associate Abdallah Ewis
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace