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Robin Hood Is A Hero For Everyone

Robin Hood Is A Hero For Everyone

By on May 19, 2021 in Blog |

The news will not please many fans but Robin Hood, the avenger of Sherwood Forrest, is not a historical figure. It probably only existed in the imagination of its creator. But as a hero, the legendary archer is still current and popular. Not only his novels contributed to this, but also numerous films and TV series. The green archer appears as the avenger of the disinherited. The intrepid outlaw steals from the rich and gives his booty to the poor. Like Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, or Russel Crowe have already embodied him on screen and thus continued to write his legend.

The story of Robin Hood is well known. While Richard the Lionheart fights in the Holy Land, his brother Prince John rules England. He is a tyrant who exploits and oppresses the English people. Noble Robin of Locksley returns from a crusade and finds that his property was gone. When he is declared outlawed, he flees to Sherwood Forrest. There he takes command of a group of outlaws. They start raids and distribute their booty to the poor. The outstanding archer keeps escaping from his captors. No matter how hard the Sheriff of Nottingham and his assistant Guy of Gisborne try, they don’t get Robin Hood. When the king returns to England, he rehabilitates the avenger. In the end, he marries his lover Marian.

A Simple But Effective Story

The simple story about the hero who defeated his tormentors, in the end, has delighted people for centuries. In England, Robin Hood rose to become a folk hero. From there, his story spread all over the world. The figure has long since become a synonym for social justice. He tries hard when it comes to combining ethics with success. Those who fight against the rulers like to give themselves the image of the avenger. Even advertising uses the idea of the fictional character to elevate itself. People named streets and even airports after him.

Only one tiny fishing village in England has nothing to do with the fictional Robin Hood. Robin Hood’s Bay is on the British North Sea coast, southeast of the city of Whitby. At the inner end of the sea book of the same name is a place that pays tribute to the hero. Since the 1990s, the area has also gained significant tourist importance. But there is no substantive connection to Robin Hood. There has long been a flourishing Robin Hood research in England.

A Simple But Effective Story
A Simple But Effective Story

Historians and literary scholars sift through all available sources. But the range of the supposedly historical figure is too broad actually to be taken seriously. It ranges from the impoverished aristocrat to a proudly passed farmer to a poor farmer. So far, science has not found the real Robin Hood. Even if the scientists did not find historical Robin Hood, he had numerous role models. That suggests that Robin Hood could have been something of a collective term for various historically documented criminals. In any case, the author connected the story of Robin Hood to the English history of the 13th century. He acts against a historical background. This time was ideal for the formation of the legend about the avenger of the woods.