Games Fairies Play

In my dissertation, The Games Fairies Play: Otherworld intruders in Medieval Literary Narratives, I argue that otherworld intruders intrude upon mortals and the mortal world in search of game (using every conceivable meaning of game) where they enter into agreements and bargains with mortals in their pursuit of “game.” These bargains are exceedingly carefully, and legally constructed contracts. I examine the games, bargains and contracts between otherworld intruders and mortals in various medieval Celtic and English texts, but particularly in the medieval Welsh mabinogi of Pwyll Pendeuic Dyfed, the Middle English texts of Sir OrfeoThomas of Erceldoune, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I examine these texts in order to show how an understanding of how the story pattern of an otherworld intruder who strikes a bargain with a mortal as part of a game works illuminates and removes some of the difficultie critics have had in understanding my central text, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the role played by Morgan le Fay. The following are posts that relate to my dissertation topic.