That Shrewd and Knavish Sprite Called Robin Goodfellow

The Ballads of Robin Goodfellow

by Allen W. Wright.

Ballad woodcut - of Robin Goodfellow (or the Devil -- images were often used for multiple purposes)

A creature of legend

In the 17th century, Robin Goodfellow was one of the most popular faeries in literature. Several ballads were in print. Shakespeare said Robin Goodfellow was one of the many names for Puck, the trickster faerie and sometimes devil.

I have included two of those ballads, taken from 19th century ballad collections. In addition, I've added an Irish folktale of the pooka or puca.

List of Tales

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