Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood
Story, Tale, Legend, Folktale, Myth,
Fable, Learning, Teaching
There were nearly a hundred of these outlaws,
and their leader was a bold fellow called Robin
Who was Robin Hood?
shoots with Sir Guy by Louis Rhead)
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
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.
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.
memorial statue in Nottingham)
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."
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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