- Virginia Johnson
In fall, the woods are filled with trees and squirrels and birds and perhaps outlaws with hearts of gold, if your imagination stretches far enough. In England, long ago there arose a legend of a man who lived in the forest with his band of other outlaws. The story goes they stole from the rich, gave to the poor, and fought for justice. Their legend continues to be told today.
Who's Who in Nottingham
Stories about these characters' beginnings vary, but these versions are very popular.
Robin Hood: also known as Robert of Locksley. He's the leader. Clever and charming, he's also an excellent shot with a bow. Depending on the tale, he is either an ordinary working man or a noble knight come back from the Crusades and loyal to King Richard.
Robin's Merry Men
Alan A Dale: a wandering musician who plays the lute. Robin and his men rescue Alan's sweetheart from marrying a man she did not love.
Will Scarlet: Robin Hood's teenage nephew, he likes to wear fine clothes—often made from red cloth.
Will Stutely: the oldest and wisest of Robin's merry men, he had worked for Robin's father many years prior.
Little John: Little John is a huge man who bested Robin Hood when fighting with quarterstaffs over a stream.
Friar Tuck: he's a man of God who approves of Robin's charity to the poor. He also likes to eat and otherwise have a jolly time.
Maid Marian: the daughter of an English lord, she was engaged to be married to Sir Robert of Locksley, also known as Robin Hood. She helps the Merry Men however she can.
Much the Miller's Son: this young man poached deer on the Sheriff's land and was set to be hanged before he was rescued by the outlaws. He often fights alongside Little John.
The Bad Guys
The Sheriff of Nottingham: he's in charge of keeping law and order in Sherwood. He hates Robin Hood who makes him look like a fool time and again.
Guy of Gisborne: he's the sheriff's man and is charged with hunting down Robin Hood.
Prince John: the younger brother of King Richard "the Lion Heart". The Robin Hood legends usually portray him as trying to prevent his brother from returning to England to claim his throne.
To learn more about Robin and his merry band, check these stories out from the library:
Robin Hood for Young Readers
The Adventures of Robin Hood retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams
Fun and puns and comic strip-style art mark this picture book telling of the Robin Hood legend.
Robin Hood and Little John retold by Barbara Cohen
The exciting story of how Robin Hood met one of his most reliable friends.
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow by Robert D. San Souci
Retells, in easy text, of the Sheriff of Nottingham's plot to hold an archery contest in order to capture the outlaw Robin Hood, but Robin and his band of merry men arrive in disguise with a plan of their own.
Robin Hood for Older Readers
Robin Hood by Paul Creswick. Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
A gloriously illustrated older edition giving much background on the legend of Robin Hood.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire as written and illustrated by Howard Pyle
This retelling has a lot of old-tyme feel to it: "At this there was bustling at the Sheriff's castle, and men ran hither and thither upon this business and upon that, while the forge fires of Nottingham glowed red far into the night like twinkling stars, for all the smiths of the town were busy making or mending armor for the Sheriff's troop of escort."
Song of Robin Hood
"Anne Malcolmson, Grace Castagnetta, and Caldecott medalist Virginia Lee Burton joined forces in 1947 to produce the definitive edition of The Song of Robin Hood. Their triumphant achievement was one of the most distinctive presentations of the legend ever published, and it received a Caldecott Honor."
The Story of Robin Hood retold by Robert Leeson
This more recent retelling of the outlaws' adventures has lots of action, heroism, and villainy.
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, have an extraordinary summer when, after an old toy soldier comes to life, they find themselves transported back to the days of Robin Hood and the famous knight Ivanhoe.
Robin Hood on Video
The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn
This best-known film version of Robin Hood won several Academy Awards. Full of adventure and romance. DVD
These silly videos put animals in the starring roles
Walt Disney's Robin Hood
The animals have their own version of what really happened in Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood and his band of merry men outwit the greedy Prince John and his sniveling partner, Sir Hiss, as they put the tax squeeze on their poor, hardworking loyal subjects. VHS
Wishbone: Paw Prints of Thieves
Joe nearly gets suspended when he helps the school lunch lady donate leftover food to a local shelter.His canine pal Wishbone is reminded of Robin Hood, who risks arrest when he robs from the rich to give to the poor. DVD
Robin Hood on Audio...Relax and Listen on the Road
Lots of classic and new stories that were originally told as part of radio theater long ago. Includes Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Robin Hood, Hansel & Gretel, King Arthur, Rapunzel, Bluebeard, The Enchanted Frog, The Chinese Nightingale, The Youth Who Learned to Shiver and Shake, Andine, and The Twelve Months.
Robin Hood by Neil Philip
The world of Robin Hood and his outlaws comes alive in this evocative reading of a classic tale. Includes special effects and music. Read by Ioan Gruffudd.