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Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood – a man who stole from the rich to give to the poor. There are many different versions of Robin Hood adapted to film, television and literature.
Which one is your favourite?
Hollywood always portrays Robin Hood as a dashing man dressed in green who fought against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. But was Robin Hood a real man? Yes, he was. Some historians say he fought in the Crusades with King Richard I. Other historians say he lived during the reign of King Edward II. This is a difference of more than 100 years! While historians don’t always agree on the dates, they all agree that Robin Hood existed. What about Maid Marian, Robin Hood’s girlfriend? She isn’t mentioned in any of the early ballads of Robin Hood. So, many historians think that she is a fictional character.
You may enjoy watching films or television series about Robin Hood. If so, you will find a story to suit you. The first film on Robin Hood came out in 1908. It was a silent film. Since then, there have been more than 70 films and television series about this famous outlaw. These include animated films for children in which Robin Hood is portrayed by an animal cartoon character like Daffy Duck or a wily fox.
What about books and comics? The first book was called "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood". It was published in 1883 and was written by Howard Pyle. Since then, there have been hundreds of different versions of novels, graphic novels and children’s books.
Fun fact: The name Robin Hood is thought to originally came from the word ‘robbing’ which means to steal and ‘hood’ for a type of cape he used to cover his head and protect his identity. If this story is true, ‘robbing hood’ eventually became Robin Hood over time.
From Errol Flynn to Sean Connery to an animated fox or other anthropomorphic animals, Robin Hood has taken many forms, but his story is always one of the most popular tales of English folklore.
You will learn a lot about Robin Hood, Nottingham and Sherwood Forest in English Now No 117, August-September.
dashing = qui a de l’allure
evil = malfaisant
while = bien que…
to agree = être d’accord
to suit = convenir à
to come out = sortir (pour un film)
an outlaw = un hors-la-loi
to portray = représenter
a character = un personnage
wily = rusé
to steal = voler, dérober
eventually = finir par