'Pearl' tells the story of a man who goes into a graveyard to mourn the death of his baby daughter, whom he has lost like a pearl that slipped through his fingers into the grass. Worn out by his grief, he falls asleep and has a glorious vision of another, symbolically bejewelled, world, in which he meets his daughter again and discovers what has happened to her. In 'Sir Orfeo', a minstrel retells, this time with an English setting, the age-old story of the love of Orpheus for Eurydice, a love so strong that it overcame death. J R R Tolkien's translations of these 14th century poems bring them to life with the vividness that is the hallmark of 'The Lord of the Rings.'



Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien