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What does Gawain's do after he leaves home and finally meets the Green Knight at the chapel in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

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When Gawain leaves King Arthur's court to meet the Green Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, he travels for a great length of time, finding himself in North Wales and beyond. He asks any he meets for word of the Green Knight.

And they all said no, never in their lives
had they seen someone who was such a shade
as green.

Gawain moves on, traveling through strange country. On his journey, he must fight dragons, wolves, bears, boars, bulls and even trolls on occasion. Many times it is the grace of God that he is not killed.

Only constant courage and the care of his God
could save him sometimes from certain death.
For if warfare was hard, winter was worse...
He lay down half-dead, drenched in his armor,
too many times to bear...

Gawain travels on, until Christmas Eve—he lifts up a prayer to Mary. Gawain worries about where he will spend the evening.

"I beseech thee, Lord
and Mary, the mildest, dearest of mothers:
Help me to some haven where mass can be heard,
and matins tomorrow.

At that very moment, Gawain's prayer is answered, for he discovers a castle where he hopes he will be able to ask for...

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