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In what ways was the Green Knight's appearance unusual in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

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In the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there are many things about the Green Knight that are noteworthy. Perhaps the most impressive is that after Gawain cuts off the knight's head, the green giant picks it up, reminds Gawain of his promise and departs—much to the amazement of the people assembled in King Arthur's court at Camelot.

The Green Knight is indeed something to behold—very unusual in his appearance. He is large and he is completely green—not only his clothing but his hair as well. The narrator notes that he is...

...an awesome being, in height one of the tallest men in the world.

His neck and body are square and thick, and his arms and legs are very long. The narrator notes that he is...

...withal the handsomest, in spite of his bulk, that ever rode...

The knight is also slender in build, and...

He held himself in hostile fashion and was entirely green.

His hair is not short—it is described as "locks," which indicate some length—actually reaching past his shoulders....

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