User comments for Gawain (Pronunciation Only)

In my English class, we are currently reading T.H. White's "The Once and Future King." I was assigned Gawain for my character analysis and essay. I found that in many cases, Gawain is pronounced Gah-win (I’m not quite sure of the correct notation for this, but you get the idea). This pronunciation is similar with another Welsh name on this site: Owain. Also, an alternative spelling for the name is Gawaine.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2006
I have always pronounced this GAH-win, as have my Literature professors.
jc  2/10/2007
I've only ever heard it pronounced GAH-win, and I think this sounds much better than ga-WAYN.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2007
As an American, I have generally heard the pronunciations Gow-an and Gwayne (like Dwayne). Rarely is the last syllable accented.
MaidenOfGrace  9/7/2007
Because these epics were told and passed on solely by word-of-mouth, the "correct" pronunciation of Gawain varies. In the original, the author uses two different pronunciations and three different spellings: "Gawan", "Gawayn", and "Gawen". Therefore, the pronunciation can be either.
sidewalkxlines  11/29/2007

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