Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia

Gawaine’s Shield

Shield of Caerleon

According to Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight, Gawaine had an image of the Virgin Mary painted on the inside of his shield to inspire him in battle. Possibly he had taken the idea from his royal uncle’s shield, Pridwen.

The design of his shield varied in different versions of the legend, but it commonly featured the image of a gold pentangle, a five-pointed star, symbolizing his virtues and chivalry.

Gawaine’s brothers – Agravain, Gaheris, Gareth, and Mordred, are sometimes mentioned as having their own shields. The designs of these shields can differ, but they often incorporate familial symbols or images associated with their individual characteristics.

Gawaine’s sons – Gingalain and Florence – are also mentioned as having their own shields. The design often incorporate symbols associated with their lineage and knightly virtues.