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The Origins of Robin Hood

How do myths and legends begin? Is there a kernel of truth at the heart of these stories? Or over time do we fall in love with ideas and romances, and that as a result, we create other worlds to distract ourselves? Continue reading

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The Many Flavors of Robin Hood

JULY / AUG 2015: BY RACHEL KOVACINY

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One of the things I like best about Robin Hood is how many flavors he comes in. Sweet Robin Hood. Dark Robin Hood. Zesty Robin Hood. Whatever you’re craving, there’s a Robin Hood for you! Continue reading

A Laughing Hero: Robin Hood

JAN / FEB 2015: BY MARISSA BAKER

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There’s only one fictional character that I’ve loved equally as a child and an adult. Robin Hood first captured my imagination as a lovable fox in the animated Disney film, and I very nearly wore out our local library’s VHS copy before it earned a well-deserved rest when I discovered The Adventures of Robin Hood staring Errol Flynn.

Since then, I’ve read at least eight different retellings of the Robin Hood legend, with plenty more on my reading list. The number of film and TV versions is so large that Wikipedia’s list of “notable adaptations” is 60-some titles long, and I’ve seen several of them. Robin has been portrayed in a huge variety of ways—as a moody rebel, an almost spiritual figure, a minor character in someone else’s story, a noble outlaw, a political hero, a figurehead for outlaws actually led by Maid Marion, etc. Of all these different views of Robin, though, my favorite is him as a laughing swashbuckler. Continue reading

Robin Hood: Much Thoughts

MARCH / APRIL 2013: BY CAMILLE GAFFNEY

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The early morning chill nipped at Much’s ears as he lay bundled in his tattered burlap sheet. He’d folded it lengthwise the previous evening, hoping the majority of the holes in the upper right hand corner would be covered by duplicating the fabric. He lay restless, cocooned between John’s massive body and the dwindling fire. Allan slept on the other side of John next to the dirt wall. Much pulled his cap down farther over his ears, and tried to ignore the cold. He turned his back to the cooling embers and listened to the quiet rumble of John’s snore. Continue reading

Robin Hood: The People’s Hero

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY CARISSA HORTON

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This man laughs regularly, doesn’t react negatively when he’s bested by a friend in a game, defends a maiden’s honor, and wears green. Or, at least, he’s rumored to wear green! Sound familiar? You would be right in guessing Robin Hood! Yes, that heroic thief of women’s hearts and tax collector’s gold, Robin Hood. Depending on the version you watch, Robin could be blonde or brunette, light eyes or dark, tall and muscular or slim and lithe. He could be portrayed by Errol Flynn or Kevin Costner or even Russell Crowe or (dare I say it) a fox. And there’s no telling exactly what his wardrobe will be! Continue reading