Over the weekend I spent an hour in the world of a modern day knight. This is Bill, who used to ride motorbikes, but now rides horses, in competitions mainly, but also has a passion for medieval history. His authentic chainmail costume was really heavy!
It’s more or less accepted opinion that no man could ever play Aragorn as well as Viggo Mortensen did, and I am very inclined to agree. But I am also of the opinion that Mads Mikkelsen could’ve definitely filled the role just as well.
I think that one of the loveliest things I’ve ever encountered between the covers of a book must be John Steinbeck’s dedication, to his sister, of The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, his modern English adaptation of Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur. I’ve posted before about Steinbeck’s introduction to the same work, which contains some extremely smart and nuanced observations about childhood reading. The dedication, in contrast, I love simply for its depth of feeling, which does credit both to Steinbeck and (indirectly) to Malory.
“It sometimes happens in sadness and pity that faithful service is not appreciated, so my fair and loyal sister remained unrecognized as squire. — Wherefore this day I make amends within my power and raise her to knighthood and give her praise.”