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Sir Gromer Somer Jour
Arthurian Literary Character

Nothing is known of Sir Gromer's background, although he appears to have been a landowner from the north of England, perhaps even Scotland. He has a prominent role in the famous story of 'Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady'. Having captured the unarmed King Arthur in Inglewood Forest in Cumberland, Gromer refused to release him until he was given the answer to the question, "What do women desire most".  After some adventures with Gromer's sister, Lady Ragnelle, Sir Gawain eventually obtained the answer and the King was freed. Gawain then married Lady Ragnelle. Later, Gromer was bewitched into an unrecognisable peasant. He travelled to King Arthur's Court and challenged the knights there to exchange blows with him. He then struck Sir Gawain, but persuaded him to postpone the return strike for some time. The two then went off on a number of adventures which culminated in the overthrow of the pagan King of the Isle of Man and his giant warriors. Gromer then requested that Sir Gawain behead him. He reluctantly agreed, enabling Gromer to be released from his bewitchment and returned to his brother-in-law. He eventually became a Knight of the Round Table and joined Sir Mordred's conspiracy to catch Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere in flagrante delicto. When they were successful, Sir Gromer was, unfortunately, killed by Lancelot outside the Queen's bedchamber.

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