40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood

Trista - May 8, 2019

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
Robin Hood stealing from the Sheriff in the Disney movie. B Plus Movie Blog.

6. Hood Probably Kept the Booty For Himself

A historical Robin Hood probably didn’t take the booty he stole and gave it to the poor. He probably kept it for himself, making him feared and dreaded among the local people while simultaneously becoming a subject of fascination. In fact, the people may have become so terrified of this bandit that they resorted to calling him Robin Hood, even if it wasn’t really his name.

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
The sheriff illustrated as an evil wolf. Stuart Studios.

5. His Heroism Was in His Resistance to the Sheriff of Nottingham

So if Robin Hood probably didn’t steal from the rich to give to the poor, why did he become so popular, especially among the peasants and lower strata of Medieval society? Probably because of his resistance to the Sheriff of Nottingham. Everyone hated him, and anyone who was willing to face him would have indeed become a hero to anyone living under his oppression.

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
Kevin Costner went above and beyond to create the intensity of the character in Prince of Thieves. Fan Pop.

4. Robin Hood Actively Courted Danger and Intrigue

If there were a real Robin Hood, he probably would not have been an even-tempered knightly figure. Instead, he probably would have been someone who went around looking for trouble and always trying to start a fight. He probably fought as many innocent people as “bad guys.” Their level of personal virtue wouldn’t have mattered if they were crossing his turf. In other words, he was like a Medieval gang member.

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was full of explosive action scenes. Blogspot.


3. The Quest for the Historical Robin Hood is About a Larger-Than-Life Hero

For some, trying to find the historical Robin Hood is about identifying a particular person about whom the earliest legends tell stories. However, the bigger picture of looking for the real Robin Hood is about understanding the drudgery of Medieval life at the bottom of the hierarchical ladder, for people who were poor and oppressed by heavy taxation, and who needed a hero.

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
A Robin Hood festival in Nottingham. Blogspot.

2. Robin Hood Remains One of England’s Favorite Legendary Figures

Along with the likes of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin, Robin Hood continues to be celebrated in England today. His celebrity is particularly prominent in Nottingham, which has a festival in his honor every year. In Sherwood Forest, the oak where he is believed to have called his Merry Men is protected as a historical site. There are even markers for his and Little John’s supposed graves.

40 Facts About the Real Robin Hood
The Robin Hood statue in Nottingham. Stephanie Webb Photography.

1. The Legends Will Probably Remain Popular For Centuries to Come

Hollywood has taken the legends of Robin Hood and outfitted them for a contemporary audience. In all likelihood, the stories will continue to entertain children and adults for the foreseeable future. They may keep growing and evolving, so much so that 200 years from now, the stories scarcely recognize those that we know today.


Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

“Robin Hood.” Wikipedia.

“History’s Mysteries – The True Story of Robin Hood” (Documentary).