With this Sir Gawain cuts the Green Knight's head cleanly from his body until it rolls on the floor. Everyone around the table kicks the Green Knight's head under the table. The Green Knight then retrieves his head and leaves the court. However, in one year and a day from this moment, Sir Gawain is to repay his debt to the Green Knight. That is so that the Green Knight can behead Sir Gawain in return.
Now the time has arrived; Sir Gawain actually leaves November 1, about two months before his deadline, to find the Green Chapel which belongs to the Green Knight to see him. Sir Gawain encounters many obstacles as he travels to see the Green Knight. He has to endure the cold winter, and moreover, he has to fight all the monstrous creatures that try to attack him on his way. He has to climb many cliffs in the wild country
and has to leave all of his family and friends behind him. He has to fight with serpents, savage wolves, bulls, bears and other creatures.
Now with serpents he wars, now with savage wolves,
Now with wild men of the woods, that watched from the rocks,
Both with bulls and with bears, and with boars besides,
And giants that came gibbering from the jagged steeps.(Norton, 217)
Near slain by the sleet he sleeps in his irons
More nights than enough, among naked rocks,
Where clattering from the crest the cold stream ran
And hung in hard icicles high overhead.
Thus in peril and pain and predicaments dire
He rides across country till Christmas Eve, our knight. (Norton, 217)
I beseech of Thee, Lord,
And Mary, thou mildest mother so dear,
Some harborage where haply I might hear mass
And Thy matins tomorrow--meekly I ask it,
And thereto proffer and pray my pater and ave and creed. (Norton, 218).