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-'''Gawain''' is [[King Arthur]]'s nephew and a [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight]] of the [[Round Table (Camelot)|Round Table]] who appears very early in the [[Arthurian legend]]'s development. Gawain is often portrayed as a formidable but [[brash]] warrior, fiercely loyal to his king and family. He is a friend to young knights, a defender of the poor, and a consummate [[ladies' man]]. In some works, his strength waxes and wanes with the sun; in the most common form of this motif, his might triples by noon, but fades as the sun sets. His knowledge of herbs makes him a great healer, and he is credited with at least three children: Florence, Lovell, and [[Gingalain]], the last of which is also called [[Libeaus Desconus]] or [[Le Bel Inconnu]], the Fair Unknown. + 
 +The '''Round Table''' is [[King Arthur]]'s famed [[table (furniture)|table]] in the [[Arthurian legend]], around which he and his [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight]]s congregate. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status. The table was first described in 1155 by [[Wace]], who relied on previous depictions of Arthur's fabulous retinue. The symbolism of the Round Table developed over time; by the close of the 12th century it had come to represent the [[chivalric order]] associated with Arthur's court.
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The Round Table is King Arthur's famed table in the Arthurian legend, around which he and his Knights congregate. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status. The table was first described in 1155 by Wace, who relied on previous depictions of Arthur's fabulous retinue. The symbolism of the Round Table developed over time; by the close of the 12th century it had come to represent the chivalric order associated with Arthur's court.



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