Sacred Texts  Legends and Sagas  Index  BOOK VIII  Previous  Next 


How Sir Tristram fought with Sir Breunor, and at the
last smote off his head.

THEN they took their horses and came together as it had been the
thunder; and Sir Tristram smote Sir Breunor clean from his horse,
and lightly he rose up; and as Sir Tristram came again by him he
thrust his horse throughout both the shoulders, that his horse
hurled here and there and fell dead to the ground.  And ever Sir
Breunor ran after to have slain Sir Tristram, but Sir Tristram
was light and nimble, and voided his horse lightly.  And or ever
Sir Tristram might dress his shield and his sword the other gave
him three or four sad strokes.  Then they rushed together like
two boars, tracing and traversing mightily and wisely as two
noble knights.  For this Sir Breunor was a proved knight, and had
been or then the death of many good knights, that it was pity
that he had so long endured.

Thus they fought, hurling here and there nigh two hours, and
either were wounded sore.  Then at the last Sir Breunor rashed
upon Sir Tristram and took him in his arms, for he trusted much
in his strength.  Then was Sir Tristram called the strongest and
the highest knight of the world; for he was called bigger than
Sir Launcelot, but Sir Launcelot was better breathed.  So anon
Sir Tristram thrust Sir Breunor down grovelling, and then he
unlaced his helm and struck off his head.  And then all they that
longed to the castle came to him, and did him homage and fealty,
praying him that he would abide there still a little while to
fordo that foul custom.  Sir Tristram granted thereto.  The
meanwhile one of the knights of the castle rode unto Sir Galahad,
the haut prince, the which was Sir Breunor's son, which was a
noble knight, and told him what misadventure his father had and
his mother.