What does the Green Knight fox mean? Who voices Gawain's mysterious companion?

Leigh McManus May 12, 2021
What does the Green Knight fox mean? Who voices Gawain's mysterious companion?


Who voices the Green Knight fox and what is the animal’s significance? People are curious about the bushy-tailed character after the trailer for the new movie was released yesterday 11 May.

The Green Knight story

The trailer for the movie, starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton, was released yesterday. The David Lowery-directed drama will be in theatres 30 July.

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The Green Knight is based on a 14th century Arthurian poem called Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. NAG describes the plot as an “elaborate test of knightly chivalry,” where Sir Gawain’s first adventure as a knight is regaled.

The original chivalric romance, whose author is unknown, has been adapted by playwrights such as J. R. R. Tolkien and Simon Armitage and has been rendered in the past for the big screen.

“Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s reckless nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront and defeat the eponymous green-skinned stranger,” as Indie Wire put it.

The film was slated for release last May but Covid-19 derailed those plans, creating its new July release date.

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Who voices the Green Knight fox?

When character posters were released on 7 May, the fox was painted as an important figure, commanding a poster of its own.

In the new trailer we also learn that the fox can talk, and appears to be a companion of Dev Patel’s character Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew in the poem.

In the trailer, the fox warns Gawain: “You will find no mercy, no happy end.” As Gawain tries to climb aboard a row boat in a misty forest, the fox stops him in his tracks and says “your doom is at hand.”

It is as yet unclear who voiced the fox character, with the cast list only reflecting the human, and monster, characters. However, actor Patrick Duffy appears credited as Gawain’s friend, which might be a clue as to who voices the Green Knight fox.

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What is the talking fox’s significance?

The original poem plot introduces Bercilak de Hautdesert, the host, and Gawain. They have a story arc that consists of three hunts, three temptations, and three different animals.

After hunting for a deer and then a boar, on the third day de Hautdesert sets out to find a fox.

“This is symbolic of the clever way that Gawain resists temptation. However, Gawain is tricked by Bercilak’s wife into taking the Green girdle. The acceptance of this gift represents Gawain’s fall from perfect chivalry and knighthood, since he lies about it to Bercilak,” according to a study on the original poem.

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Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.