A Beginner's Guide to Robin Hood


by Allen W. Wright

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Greetings! Has it been a while since you've read a tale of Robin Hood? Is it possible that you've never read a Robin Hood story?

This page is for you. A lot of the information on my website is very detailed. Here's a quick refresher course on the basics of the outlaw, his friends, foes and other general information.

There are lots of different Robin Hood stories out there. Storytellers continue to add new stories and new characters to the legend. For example, the early stories say Robin Hood was not a nobleman. Now he often is one. Marian and Tuck weren't in the earliest tales. This page summarizes some of the most common elements of the legend, taken from the earliest ballads to the most recent books and films. Many of the stories here contradict each other.

The Recommended Reading and Favourite Films page lists some of the books, films and TV shows I used in drafting this section.

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Character Profiles

  • ROBIN HOOD - The heroic outlaw and skilled archer
  • THE MERRY MEN - Robin Hood's outlaw band
  • LITTLE JOHN - Robin Hood's right-hand man
  • MAID MARIAN - Robin Hood's romantic interest
  • FRIAR TUCK - A religious ally, but also fond of food and beer
  • WILL SCARLET - Sometimes a dandy; other times an angry fighter
  • MUCH THE MILLER'S SON - Part of the Merry Men from the earliest tales
  • ALAN-A-DALE - Robin Hood's minstrel ally
  • THE OTHER MERRY MEN - Lesser ballad characters such as Will Stutely, David of Doncaster and Arthur-a-Bland; also the Muslim characters in modern Robin Hood movies and television shows
  • THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM - Robin Hood's chief nemesis, the corrupt representative of the law
  • GUY OF GISBORNE - Sometimes a vicious bounty hunter; other times a powerful knight
  • OTHER ENEMIES - Includes classic clerical bad guys such as the Abbot of St. Mary's and the Bishop of Hereford
  • KINGS, QUEENS AND PRINCES - The mighty King Richard the Lionheart, his scheming brother Prince John and more members of the royal family

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