Robin Hood

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Robin Hood

CharactersBackground Essay Author: Valerie B. Johnson


GENERAL INFORMATION

Robin Hood, Robin Hood
Riding through the glen.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood
With his band of men.
Feared by the bad, loved by the good.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood (ITV series, 1955-60).


Speak the name Robin Hood and immediately an audience will conjure images of the green-clad archer of Sherwood Forest, or the noble robber who steals from the rich to give to the poor, or the humble leader of the Merry Men, or the one man who will stand up to injustice and tyranny in the Middle Ages. These images of Robin Hood are common, even universal, yet they are not the result of a single, unified tradition—rather, they are the product of a metatextual tradition, one which surpasses and overrides every individual representation of the character. The character of Robin Hood is thus remarkably elusive, despite—or perhaps due to—centuries of intense cultural investment in the legend's stability.

Robin Hood consequently enjoys a double life that few other traditional figures can match, because in every new retelling of the story there are always two Robin Hoods present: the Robin Hood of popular culture, which is an amalgamation of prior representations and cultural forces, and the Robin Hood of the specific story, which is designed to meet the specific needs

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The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood (Child Ballad No. 132) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
The King's Disguise, and Friendship with Robin Hood (Child Ballad No. 151) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Little John A Begging (Child Ballad No. 142A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
The Noble Fisherman, or, Robin Hood's Preferment (Child Ballad No. 148) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and Queen Katherine (Child Ballad No. 145A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
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Robin Hood and the Beggar, II (Child Ballad No. 134) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Butcher (Child Ballad No. 122A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Butcher (Child Ballad No. 122B) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar (Child Ballad No. 123A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Prince of Aragon (Child Ballad No. 129) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Ranger (Child Ballad No. 131) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Scotchman (Child Ballad No. 130A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Scotchman (Child Ballad No. 130B) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Shepherd (Child Ballad No. 135) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Tanner (Child Ballad No. 126) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood and the Tinker (Child Ballad No. 127) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
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Robin Hood Rescuing Three Squires (Child Ballad No. 140A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood Rescuing Will Stutly (Child Ballad No. 141) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood's Chase (Child Ballad No. 146) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood's Death (Child Ballad No. 120A) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
Robin Hood's Delight (Child Ballad No. 136) - 1882-1889 (Editor)
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