Key words£ºoutlaw, Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood
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Genre£ºlegend Topic£ºRobin Hood Words: 300
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There were nearly a hundred of these outlaws,
and their leader was a bold fellow called Robin Hood.

Who was Robin Hood?

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Author£ºUnknown Source£ºwww.archive.org  
Nation£ºEngland Date£º2008-10-6


(Robin shoots with Sir Guy by Louis Rhead)
 

In the rude days of King Richard and King John there were many great woods in England. The most famous of these was Sherwood Forest, where the king often went to hunt deer. In this forest there lived a band of daring men called outlaws.

They had done something that was against the laws of the land, and had been forced to hide themselves in the woods to save their lives. There they spent their time in roaming about among the trees, in hunting the king's deer, and in robbing rich travelers that came that way.

There were nearly a hundred of these outlaws, and their leader was a bold fellow called Robin Hood. They were dressed in suits of green, and armed with bows and arrows; and sometimes they carried long wooden lances and broad-swords, which they knew how to handle well. Whenever they had taken anything, it was brought and laid at the feet of Robin Hood, whom they called their king. He then divided it fairly among them, giving to each man his just share.

Robin never allowed his men to harm anybody but the rich men who lived in great houses and did no work. He was always kind to the poor, and he often sent help to them; and for that reason the common people looked upon him as their friend.

Long after he was dead, men liked to talk about his deeds. Some praised him, and some blamed him. He was, indeed, a rude, lawless fellow; but at that time, people did not think of right and wrong as they do now.

A great many songs were made up about Robin Hood, and these songs were sung in the cottages and huts all over the land for hundreds of years afterward.

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(Robin Hood memorial statue in Nottingham)

*Robin Hood: He is a legendary hero of English folklore. He was a good-hearted outlaw living in England's Sherwood Forest and "robs from the rich and gives to the poor."


Discussion£º

1. Where did Robin Hood and his merry men live?

2. Why did the common people look upon Robin Hood as their friend?

3. Who were likely to be robbed by Robin Hood?

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