While Arthur and his knights were celebrating Christmas dinner, a knight armed with only an axe and dressed in all green enters and challenges Arthur and his men to a "Christmas Game". The knight offers to exchange swings at each other's heads with an axe.
"And so all I ask of this court is a Christmas game...that he dares to stoutly exchange one stroke for another...and i will abide the first blow bare-necked as I sit" (Lines 65-72).
Sir Gawain asks Arthur for permission to accept the green knight's challenge. King Arthur grants his request. Sir Gawain then took his turn and cut off the green knight's head. The green knight picks up his head, tells Gawain to go to the green chapel-where he will take his turn- then rides off headless.
"Let this game be mine" (Line 124).
"Come to the Green Chapel, I charge you, and take a stroke the same as you given" (Lines 182-183).
Gawain leaves to find the green chapel. While on his journey, he stops at a castle where the Lord lets him stay for a few days. The lady tries to pressure Gawain into taking her gifts but he refuses. She then offers him a silk that will protect him from any man. Gawain takes the gift for reassurance during his future encounter with the Green Night.
"For the man who goes to battle with this green lace...no man under heaven can hurt him" (Lines 232-234)
Sir Gawain reaches his destination. He doesn't see a Green Chapel so he calls out to the Knight. The Green Knight greets him. Gawain bows his head ready to take his turn. As the knight swings, Gawain flinches and the Green Knight stops mid-swing to make for of Sir Gawain.
"You can't be Gawain...who's thought so good, a man who's never been daunted on hill or dale! For look how you flinch for fear before anything's felt!" (Lines 262-264)
Sir Gawain gains his courage to stay still. The Green Knight takes his actual blow, resulting in only a smalll cut on Gawain's neck. Gawain shot up, grabbed his gear and armour and preppared to fight. The Green Night syas he has no reason to fight. He's witheld his end of the contract.
"I owed you a stroke, and I've struck; Consider yourself well payed. And now I release you from all further duties" (Lines 333-334).
The Green Knight reveals to Gawain that he was only testing his knightlyhood. The seductive girl was the Knight's wife. He is happy because Gawain has stuck to his word and didn't fall into his wife's deceiving tricks. The Green Knight, however, was a little disapointed that Gawain wore the green cloth has wife had given him. Gawain apologizes an the Green Knight gives him a gold-embroidered girdle.
"It was I who sent her to test you. I'm convinced you're the finest man that ever walked this earth" (Lines 354-355).
"I cant deny my guilt; My works shine none too fair! Give me your goodwill and henceforth I'll beware" (Lines 377-380).