MCM: Robin Hood

75

Robin Hood. The legendary medieval hero/outlaw has been in literally a gazillion movies and TV series. Seeing him in Ivanhoe made me wonder — just how many? Well, I almost keeled over creating this list!

According to legend, Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Beyond that, there’s MANY elements that have come and gone, like him being of noble birth, accompanying characters including Maid Marian (who we’ll cover in a future post) and the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the idea that he lived during the (late twelfth-century) reign of Richard the Lionheart. If you want to know if he was real (who knows), check out Wikipedia’s historicity of Robin Hood to stick your toe in these waters.

Let’s run down as many Robin Hoods as I can find images of, not including animated versions!

 

Robert Frazer in Robin Hood (1912)

1912 Robin Hood

 

William Russell in Robin Hood (1913)

1913 Robin Hood

Early Unnecessary Lacing! Which is a trend for Robin Hood.

 

Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922)

1922 Robin Hood

That’s Senior, not Junior!

1922 Robin Hood

 

 

Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Robin-Hood 1938

I’m sorry, but the fingerwave kills it for me.

Errol Flynn The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

He does fill out those tights tho!

Errol Flynn, 1938, The Adventures of Robin Hood

 

Russell Hicks in The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946)

1946 The Bandit of Sherwood Forest

 

Jon Hall in The Prince of Thieves (1948)

1948 The Prince of Thieves

As leggings-y as they get.

1948 The Prince of Thieves

 

John Derek in Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950)

1950 Rogues of Sherwood Forest

Why the dagging on the sleeves?

 

Robert Clarke in Tales of Robin Hood (1951)

1951 Tales of Robin Hood

Right, Robin as ex-crusader.

 

Richard Todd in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Richard Todd, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Yet more dagging!

1952 the Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

 

Harold Warrender in Ivanhoe (1952)

1952 Ivanhoe

The Saxon version?

 

Patrick Troughton in Robin Hood (1953)

1953 Robin Hood

Okay that’s pretty damn cute.

1953 Robin Hood

 

Don Taylor in The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954)

1954 The Men of Sherwood Forest

Why is the leather laced around the neckline?

 

Richard Greene in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-59)

1955-59 The Adventures of Robin Hood

 

Lex Barker in Robin Hood and the Pirates (1960)

1960 Robin Hood and the Pirates

 

Richard Greene in Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest 1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest

 

Don Burnett in The Triumph of Robin Hood (1962)

1962 The Triump of Robin Hood

 

Ronald Lewis in Siege of the Saxons (1963)

1963 Siege of the Saxons

SO MUCH unnecessary lacing!

 

Hans von Borsody in Robin Hood der edle Räuber (1966)

1966 Robin Hood der edle Räuber

 

Barrie Ingham in A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967)

1967 Challenge for Robin Hood

The slouchy boots are also (TM).

1967 Challenge for Robin Hood

 

David Warbeck in Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood (1967)

1967 Wolfshead- The Legend of Robin Hood

 

Spede Pasanen in About Seven Brothers (1968)

1968 About Seven Brothers

This is literally what I feel like Finland looks like. With more Moomins.

 

Donald Harron in The Time Tunnel (1968)

1968 The Time Tunnel

 

Carlos Quiney in Robin Hood, el arquero invencible (1970)

1970 Robin Hood, el arquero invencible

 

Ernie in Sesame Street (1970)

1970 Sesame Street

Including all the important portrayals!

 

Kermit The Frog in The Muppet Show (1970)

1970 The Muppet Show

See what I mean?

 

Giuliano Gemma in Long Live Robin Hood (1971)

1971 Long live Robin Hood

Why is he wearing a lime green t-shirt?

 

Hugh Paddick in Up the Chastity Belt (1971)

1971 Up the Chastity Belt

 

Boris Khmelnitsky in The Arrows of Robin Hood (1975)

1975 The Arrows of Robin Hood

 

Martin Potter in The Legend of Robin Hood (1975)

1975 The Legend of Robin Hood

 

Richard Gautier in When Things Were Rotten (1975)

1975 When Things Were Rotten (1975)

When was lycra invented? | Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

 

Sean Connery in Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin and Marian (1976) starring Sean Connery

I just have so many questions about this film.

Robin and Marian (1976) starring Sean Connery

Like, who thought any of this was a good idea?

 

John Cleese in Time Bandits (1981)

1981 Time Bandits

One of my favorite comedy bits of all time.

1981 Time Bandits

Photo by Ted Blackbrow/Daily Mail/Shutterstock

Which, if you haven’t seen it, you really should:

 

David Robb in Ivanhoe (1982)

1982 Ivanhoe 1982 Ivanhoe

 

Dan Hamilton in Voyagers! (1982)

1982 Voyagers!

That’s some fine poly velvet.

 

George Segal in The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984)

1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood

Nothing with the word “zany” in the title can be any good.

 

Michael Praed and Jason Connery in Robin of Sherwood (1984-86)

1984-86 Michael Praed - Robin of Sherwood

Serious broody Robin.

1984-86 Jason Connery - Robin of Sherwood

Followed by teen heartthrob (and son of Sean Connery) Robin!

1984-86 Jason Connery - Robin of Sherwood

How is the ring armor going to protect against arrows?

 

Wayne Morris in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989-94)

1989-94 Maid Marian and Her Merry Men

 

Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

1991 Robin Hood- Prince of Thieves

The famous receding-hairline mullet.

1991 Robin Hood- Prince of Thieves

All the unfinished linen!

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

I still have a soft spot for Christian Slater, tho.

 

Patrick Bergin in Robin Hood (1991)

1991 Robin Hood

Is that “Celtic” jacquard?

1991 Robin Hood

 

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991)

Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991)
1991 Star Trek- The Next Generation

Oh my god, Levar Burton with the lute!

 

Cary Elwes in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
1993 Robin Hood- Men in Tights

Hey! That’s Dave Chapelle!

 

Soccer in Wishbone (1996)

1996 Wishbone

IMPORTANT CONTENT. (WHY the grommets, Wishbone, WHY?) (Soccer is the name of the pup who played Wishbone!)

 

Matthew Porretta and John Bradley in The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997-98)

1997-98 The New Adventures of Robin Hood

Obviously going for “saucy.”

1997-98 The New Adventures of Robin Hood

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE. Is she wearing cowboy boots??

 

Rik Mayall in Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

1999 Blackadder Back & Forth

Loving the curls!

 

Stuart Wilson in Princess of Thieves (2001)

2001 Princess of Thieves

With Keira Knightley as his daughter.

 

Billy Zane in Charmed (2005)

2005 Charmed

Including it because I’m a Zane fan.

2005 Charmed

 

Jonas Armstrong in Robin Hood (2006-09)

ROBIN HOOD 2007

The series that made Sarah WTF.

Robin Hood (2006-9)

And made Trystan run out of red arrows.

Robin-Hood 2007

 

Barry Killerby in Chucklevision (2007)

2007 Chucklevision

 

Russell Crowe in Robin Hood (2010)

2010 Robin Hood
2010 Robin Hood

Serious Robin is zzzz.

 

Tom Ellis and Sean Maguire in Once Upon a Time (2011-18)

2011-18 Once Upon a Time - Tom Ellis 2011-18 Once Upon a Time - Sean Maguire

 

Tom Riley in Doctor Who (2012)

2014 Doctor Who Doctor Who: Robots of Sherwood

 

Ben Freeman in Robin Hood: The Rebellion (2018)

2018 Robin Hood- The Rebellion

 

Taron Egerton in Robin Hood (2018)

2018 Robin Hood

Is this set in space?

2018 Robin Hood 2018 Robin Hood

 

Edited to add…

 

Alright! I’m sorry!

robin-hood 1973

Robin Hood (1973)

 

Alright, let’s do this. Who’s your favorite screen Robin Hood?

75 Responses

  1. Maureen

    Wow – I knew Robin Hood was a popular subject but had no idea there were SO MANY versions! (Thank you for including Ernie & Kermit, BTW.) So many “interesting” costuming choices, hairstyle choices, casting choices…

    Reply
  2. Kat

    Cary Elwes even if it is a parody; between that, the Princess Bride and Lady Jane (which I should not have been watching at my age), he was my first childhood crush. Although the Taron Egerton version was entertaining in a sort of WTF way.

    Reply
    • Al Don

      Cary Elwes won a poll a few years back as the best Robin Hood, beating out his more “sober” counterparts.

      Reply
      • Gill

        He made the totally valid point that he at least was a Robin Hood with a genuine English accent.

        I love that film, but Marian and Her Merry Men is wonderful, with a superb cast – Danny John-Jules! Tony Robinson, who also wrote it! And a Robin Hood who is very different in his own special snowflake kind of way.

        I grew up with Richard Greene, of course. (There was also a TV show called “Richard the Lionheart” which had a Robin Hood episode with Ronald Howard as the outlaw. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_the_Lionheart_(TV_series)

        Reply
  3. Roxana

    Loved, loved, loved ‘When Things Were Rotten’.
    How can you not love ‘Robin and Marian’? Sean Connery! Audrey Hepburn! Lines like ‘God was with us on Crusade, it didn’t help.’
    And of course ‘Robin of Sherwood’ with that earworm Clannad theme; ‘Rooobin! The Hooded Man!’

    Reply
    • Kelly

      Errol Flynn really had some great legs didn’t he? I don’t know that he’s my favorite Robin Hood but he has the best legs of the lot.
      Cary is probably the best Robin. Though Alan gives the best performance of anyone in any of these movies. I really only watch his bits.

      Reply
    • Kendra

      “Robin & Marian” – because I’ve only seen those pictures, where I see too much of Sean Connery’s nipples given how dirty he is!

      Reply
      • Al Don

        I highly reccomend you watch the film. My favorite Robin Hood iterations are series, but as far as standalone films go, I’d actually argue it’s the best piece of filmmaking under the banner of Robin Hood films.

        Great cast, directed by Richard Lester – who did the best The Three Musketeers (1973/4), and written by James Goldman, who wrote The Lion in Winter (1968). With that lineup, I’d give it a shot.

        Reply
  4. Mab

    Robin of Sherwood with Michael Praed and Jason Connery is the best version of Robin Hood ever as far as I’m concerned although I’ve a soft spot for both the Patrick Bergin and Carey Elwes versions

    Reply
    • Roxana

      Ditto, on Robin of Sherwood. The show runners showed an admirable knowledge of late 12th c. history.
      And Men in Tights is wonderfully funny.

      Reply
    • Al Don

      You have good taste, and I agree with your choices. (Is that complimenting my own taste? Don’t care.)

      Patrick Bergin’s version I felt was overshadowed by Kevin Costner’s version that same year. But Patrick Bergin was a far better Robin Hood than Costner. Maybe that’s not a great feat given Kevin Costner was miscast (I feel), but Patrick Bergin nailed the puckish rouge routine. Underrated.

      And why oh why didn’t they just cast Cary Elwes instead of Kevin Costner? Elwes is as good a dramatic actor and certainly more charming. He would have been great even as a more serious Robin Hood. We did get a great comedy out of it, but still. Costner’s “box office draw” reasoning doesn’t fly – why not cast Sylvester Stallone if money was the only consideration?

      Reply
      • Pauline Costianes

        Oh God yes! What were they THINKING putting Kansas American Kevin Costner in as Robin Hood? He couldn’t even nail an English accent properly, so they had to go back post-production and have him do his lines with his American accent. Ugh! Although I cannot stand him now due to his shitty behavior, Mel Gibson would’ve been the perfect Robin instead. Him and Alan RIckman – oh yeah!!!

        Reply
  5. Roxana

    Patrick Troughton was of course the Second Doctor, so the 2012 Robin Hood eps. included a clip of Troughton’s Robin in a cipshow viewed by the bewildered Robin as a nice little Easter egg for the longtime fans.
    Robin of Sherwood is of course the source for the now traditional Saracen member of the Merrie Men. Nasir, played by Mark Ryan, was a henchman of the villain in thefirst episode who the show runners decided to keep instead of kill off.

    Reply
      • MoHub

        Troughton’s Robin was the first ever on television. It was a six-part series. Troughton also appeared in character roles in the Richard Greene series—all before he became the second Doctor.

        Reply
  6. Saraquill

    Thanks for reminding me of the Wisbone episode! He comes a close second to Cary Elwes.

    Reply
  7. M.E. Lawrence

    DEFINITELY Soccer/Wishbone! Question: Why does Flynn–quite a good R.H.–have all those little studs sewn on his jerkin or whatever it is? The sun does come out in England, occasionally, and would flash on them, and perhaps reveal his presence to the bad guys.

    Reply
    • EllaNyx

      The sparkly bits are only on his clothes before he becomes an outlaw, when he’s still a noble/knight.

      Reply
  8. mjsamuelson

    Have to admit, all the live action Robins fall way short of Disney’s version, voiced by Brian Bedford, but if I had to choose….Errol Flynn in spite of the fingerwaves, and Sean McGuire on Once Upon a Time. But I’m also of the generation that watched Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner a thousand times and regularly threatens to cut out hearts with a spoon.

    Reply
  9. Gray

    Doesn’t Maid Marian wear a leather bikini while she shots arrows in Kevin Costner’s dreadful version? And you guys are worried about cowboy boots! I suppose you’ll cover it all delightfully when you do Maid Marian.
    Doncha hate all the fake dagging? Where they’ve set little tabs into the straight hem of the sleeve not cut into the fabric.
    I’m no Robbin Hood fan, but I do hate it when they leave out King John and the very reason Sir Robbin became an outlaw in the 1st place.

    Reply
    • Boxermom

      I think you’re thinking of Keira Knightly in King Arthur (2004) with the leather bikini. That’s the only thing I remember about that movie. On the bright side, it’s a great cure for insomnia, LOL. :)

      Reply
    • Kendra

      Yeah, I think that’s King Arthur, not Robin Hood!

      And WHAT is with the dagging?? Was that a thing?? I can picture it on those long medieval sleeves, but otherwise… (my fuzziness about medieval fashion isn’t helping).

      Reply
  10. mmcquown

    Wow! I thought I had a good collection of RH, but Ultimately, my fave is the Russell Crowe version, AKA How the Aussies Saved England ( more than half the cast is non-British) I like the Robin-Marian relationship the best. Also, it’s one of the few that come close to a reasonably accurate picture of Richard and decent battle scenes. Also, it’s more of an origin story of the legend than some of the others. The only other characters that have more film are Dracula and Sherlock Holmes (hint, hint).

    Reply
  11. Kathleen Hoover

    Though there is a great love in my heart for almost all Robins, Richard Greene was my first love. I can still sing the theme song and all the lyrics!

    Hey, are we including other time-settings in this? What about “Robin and the Seven Hoods”?

    Reply
    • Tanya Stewart

      The theme music started cranking in my head the moment Richard Greene came up on the list. I watched Greene’s “Robin Hood,” along with “Knights of the Round Table,” on a Chicago-area local station as a child in the early 60s.

      Reply
    • Gill

      Not to mention the use of the tune for “Dennis More” in a Python episode – Your lupins or your life!

      Reply
  12. Andrew.

    Animated I know, but if you want Robin Hood in space, it would be hard to do worse than Rocket Robin Hood. A 1960s Saturday morning TV cartoon from Canada.

    Probably the biggest influence on the costuming of Robbin Hood, (at least up to the 1980s), are the illustrations that Howard Pyle drew for his 1883 book The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire.

    Reply
    • Tanya Stewart

      I grew up with Howard Pyle’s books and illustrations when I was a child—his work inspired me to become an illustrator as an adult.

      Reply
  13. florenceandtheai

    Now and forever, Robin the Fox. I’ve always had a soft spot for Sir Hiss. Cary comes a close second, and Kevin in third largely because of Alan Rickman.

    Reply
  14. Eleanor

    Robin of Sherwood, always. And I did love Robin and Marian. I do have a soft spot for the Disney version since I cosplayed him for a masquerade competition (along with 4 other Robins — we won Best in Show!).

    Reply
  15. Gray

    The only thing I knew Martin Potter was in was (and I love it) Fellini’s Satyricon. But I see he turns up in Nickolas and Alexandra and The Borgias!
    I kinda like his Robin Hood green homespun t-shaped tunic. It’s different at least.

    Reply
  16. Karin

    Definitely a big soft spot for the Disney version – that was classic weekend afternoon TV here, and defo my first Robin Hood. Still love it and have the DVD. Another yay for Sir Hiss!
    Prince of Thieves hit during my teens, so yes, I was one of those people who had it on VHS and wore the tape out – except at the time I only ever watched it in German. Years and years later, my adoration for Kevin Costner abated but in a fit of nostalgia, I bought the DVD and watched it in English the first time. Gah… the embarrassement! I threw that DVD out very, very quickly. The only good thing about it really is Alan Rickman!
    And who had supplanted my affections? I admit, Errol Flynn. Once we got TNT here and I started watching old Hollywood movies in English, I lapped all those Flynn swashbucklers up. Who wants KC after that lol. I still think this one is great, despite everything. It’s just the sort of archetypal Robin Hood film to me. And of course the score is fantastic – I even have that on LP.
    I’ve seen Men in Tights, but too long ago – should probably give it a rewatch. I loved it then, not least because I got all of the PoT-spoofery, and that had me in stitches.

    Reply
  17. Sam Marchiony

    For me, Cary Elwes wins, with second place going to Messrs. Ellis and Maguire. OUAT was a dumpster fire of a show at times, but Robin was a DILF and a sweetheart.

    Reply
  18. Al Don

    I recently watched the 1922 Robin Hood. The whole movie is available on YouTube for free with what I believe is the original score. Great swashbuckler though not what you might expect. The entire first half is dedicated to how the Earl of Huntingdon becomes Robin Hood, and only after is there some Robin Hood-ing. Impressive art direction – the sets are gargantuan (disregarding authenticity). The final fight between Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne is savage compared to Errol Flynn’s and Basil Rathbone’s iconic but perfectly safe back-and-forth. In the 1922 version, it is clearly two men trying to murder each other; mostly fist-fighting and (spoilers? Robin wins) ends with Robin, sporting a sinister grin, strangling Gisbourne to death.

    My favorite version remains Robin of Sherwood (1984-6). I also love the Martin Potter, Sean Connery, Patrick Bergin, and Cary Elwes versions as well. I think Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) has a number of merits but is hamstrung by Kevin Costner’s California Robin Hood. He just stuck out like a sore thumb. Now, yes they’re all speaking the wrong language, but if you’re not going for authenticity then aim for consistency.

    I was quite underwhelmed by Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (2010). In behind-the-scenes interviews Ridley Scott explicitly said he wanted to make a movie about what Robin Hood would be like if he were a real person. So… Roger Godberd then? Why not just make a movie about Roger Godberd? You’d get to discuss one of England’s most important but overlooked conflicts. No? You’d rather do a convoluted version of Martin Guerre? Oookay.

    I had no expectations for Robin Hood (2019) and managed to be disappointed anyway. I saw Robin Hood get a “draft notice” (!) for “The Third Crusade” (!), said “Oh, piss off!” and NOPED out of it. A few movie producers, who’ve probably gone through more coke than twice my body weight, actually shelled out $100 million for that matted ass hair sandwich.

    Reply
    • M.E.

      I’m not sure Douglas Fairbanks was much of an actor, but he was entertaining as hell. And Alan Hale plays Little John! Hale was everybody’s loyal sidekick for decades; I just saw him in “Stella Dallas,” where he was a sidekick-type of boyfriend. Perhaps we need a feature on Hale and other hearty-best-friend types.

      Reply
  19. ThoraSTooth

    We are archers in my family. Errol Flynn’s version gets a lot of respect for the extraordinary step they took of getting a phenomenal, famous traditional archer, Howard Hill, to do all the trick shots. Also, “you speak treason”/”fluently” is priceless.

    “Robin and Marian” is my favorite version of the story. That simple explanation, “he was my King,” carries the whole film.

    The Richard Green “Adventures of Robin Hood” TV show for most singable theme song. My four-year-old once entered a bardic competition and sang that song; every judge was charmed.

    Patrick Bergin version for the sexually liberated Uma Thurman and the hilarous line “my bow needs re-grommeting.”

    Disney version because my kid loved it.

    Honorable mentions to Cary Elwes, John Cleese, and Patrick Stewart.

    Martin Potter version (which I haven’t seen) looks like it has some good textiles. I aspire to seeing Douglas Fairbanks and Michael Praed versions some day.

    Reply
  20. Mary

    Disney’s Robin Hood ftw! Then Cary Elwes, then (and I’m kind of embarrassed to say this out loud) Kevin Costner, because of the other great characters and actors in that movie. Same for Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood movie; Robin Hood was boring, but some of the other characters were fun to watch, even though the all around impression was wtf?

    Reply
  21. Nzie

    Wow, I had no idea there were so many. The only one I feel I can recall confidently is the Wishbone one!

    I know we have lots of lacing issues, but I was noticing all the dagging right as I got to your calling it out.. it’s not all of them but at least half I’d say. I bet if we told people to draw Robin Hood, a lot would have that feature! At this point though they all just remind me of Link from Zelda. I think many of them are closer to that video game than the reality. To my non-expert eyes the 1912 one seemed decent from a costuming accuracy standpoint–interesting.

    Reply
  22. Lily Lotus Rose

    This post just made me so happy. I didn’t know how much I needed to see Patrick Stewart dressed up as Robin Hood again until just now…and then the main cast too–oh God, why isn’t Worf in this picture? To answer your question: Kevin Costner is my fave. Yes, I’m aware of all the (probably justified) hate, but that one came out when I was young and I still carry my love for it through to this day. Gotta love: Disney’s version, Cary Elwes, and OF COURSE–Erroll Flynn!! Russell Crowe wasn’t bad, he was just dull in a dull film (and Cate Blanchett’s portrayal as Marion didn’t help things either–NO chemistry). Robin Hood is supposed to be exciting and Crowe & Co. purposefully made it into a snooze fest. Really, the best thing about that movie was Oscar Isaac getting naked and being evil. Yay! And as someone else pointed out, Howard Pyle’s illustrations were influential, especially on the very first screencap. Thanks for this one!!

    Reply
    • Pauline Costianes

      Oscar Isaac NAKED? Oh mah Lord! I’m going to have to find a way to see that film now!!

      Reply
  23. Cláudio Alves

    The dagging probably comes from 19th-century painting and illustrations. So much of our idea of the fantastic pan-Medieval look comes from 19th-century art, how it portrayed the Middle Ages and flattened varied centuries into a unified aesthetic. But of course, it’s not like most of these screen versions are going for historical accuracy. In that regard, embracing the mythical idea of Medieval England feels more appropriate than trying to dress fantasy as historical fact.

    All that being said, one can easily find examples of excessive dagging in Medieval fashion. Illuminations show men wearing tunics with dagged hems, hoods with decorative dagging, and so forth. However, most of those examples come from around the 14th-century, which is not Robin Hood’s era. It’d be like costuming Elizabeth I in a robe à la française.

    Reply
  24. Jamie j LaMoreaux

    yes, how on earth could you have forgotten the true gem “Robin Hood Daffy” I have a background drawing from one of the cells. by Chuck Jones no less!
    as for my favorite Robins: Daffy, Errol Flynn, Richard Green (I grew up watching those!), Cary Elwys Loved “when things were rotten” Mel Brooks clobbered every cliche during the short run that series had. and I stood in line to see Disney’s Robin Hood, which I LOVED!

    I never understood having a Muslim in the “merrie band” it was during the crusades people! the BEST way to get a one way ticket to heaven for a Christian then, even if you raped and pillaged EVERYONE including your family, murdered an entire city and kicked puppies and kitties was to kill a Muslim. just walk up and shank him and voila’, when you die you are JC’s BEST friend and God’s too. yet there’s one, walking around early England happy as a clam spreading benevolence and Arabic wisdom all over everyone. that STILL makes no sense to me.
    and Lastly, Robin and Marian? According to the stories I’ve read that is how he died. knifed by Marian, as he lie dying he shot an arrow into the woods saying “bury me where this arrow lands, let there be no mark of where Robin lies.” and then he died.
    did you also know he was the second leader of the band in the woods? Will O’ the Green was the first leader. after he died Robin took over.

    Reply
    • Roxana

      The general legend is Robin was bled to death by the abbess of Kirklees. Goldman found a variant where the abbess was Marian and wrote Robin and Marian’.
      A Muslim Saracen would definitely have issues in medieval England but not all Saracens were Muslim. Romances include several christian ‘paynims’ like Sir Palomedes and his brothers. Nasir is the henchman of a sorcerer making his religious commitment decidedly fuzzy, and Robin of Sherwood has a pagan element anyway in its magic. A committed Muslim following Robin home from the crusades is so not on. A Christian Arab of which there were many is a possibility but not terribly likely. And with all respect to the wonderful Morgan Freeman Saracens were NOT sub Saharan Africans. Given the medieval Islamic slave trade there were undoubtedly some black Africans around, and not all would have stayed slaves,, but most of the inhabitants of Outremar were Arab or indigenous middle easterners.

      Reply
      • Pauline Costianes

        Exactly right. The “Moors” if they were supposed to be from the “Maghreb” (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) were not sub-Saharan Africans. They were Berber, with maybe some Arab from further east mixed in. In fact, all the Near East (countries that border the southern and eastern rim of the Mediterranean Sea) had their own indigenous peoples, who after the 7th c, and the spread of Islam by Arabs from what is now Saudi Arabia, the Arabs mixed with local populations like the Spanish did in Central and South America.

        Reply
    • Aleko

      A Muslim in 12th-century England would indeed have encountered outright hostility; you’re not wrong there. But all that stuff about ‘killing a random Muslim got you absolution for all your sins is way, way off beam. Just not true, even if Ridley Scott says it is.

      Reply
      • MoHub

        One of the Richard Greene episodes—The Infidel—dealt in a very realistic way with a Muslim in Medieval England.

        I have the entire Richard Greene collection, and it is brilliant.

        Reply
  25. Elaine Raleigh

    Aww, came in looking for 1997’s Ivanhoe version of Robin Hood, not because he’s necessarily my favorite but because I love that miniseries. I went to try and find a picture, but I can find everything but that character. Did see a whole lot of Ciaran Hinds while searching, so not wasted time at all.

    Only time I’ve really liked a Robin Hood film was Patrick Bergen’s. Otherwise the character is kind of a yawn except as a supporting or comic character.

    Reply
  26. Gretchen

    Love Cary Elwes, love Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn, but totally adore the Errol Flynn version, especially Olivia de Havilland’s wardrobe. Shall we say… Flynn overcomes the finger waves.

    Reply
  27. Popka Superstar

    Douglas Fairbanks 5ever. It kills me when people attribute to Errol Flynn stuff that he started.

    Have to say I am curious about the Patrick Troughton one.

    Reply
    • Al Don

      “It kills me when people attribute to Errol Flynn stuff that he started.”

      Hear, hear! Glad somebody said it.

      Reply
  28. Gill

    Cary Elwes, with the genuine English accent, beats even the fox into second place. Costner? Nah, I only watch the Rickman bits of that. If nothing else, the geography drives me nuts – Dover to Nottingham via Hadrian’s Wall and Wensleydale in ONE day? Just plain silly.

    Reply
  29. Alissa

    Cary Elwes wins for me, such a feel-good comedy! “We are Men in Tights, running around the forest looking for fights!” :)) Have a soft spot for the Errol Flynn movie too, glorious romantic Technicolor. So many Robins, now my head is spinning and I cannot unsee the unnecessary (but lovely) lacing :)

    Reply
  30. Lyndell

    Hi – Lots of ‘interesting costumes’ but I’m feeling the need to correct the naming of the musical instrument – in the photo from the Star Trek version – “Levar Burton with the lute!” it is a mandolin … lutes are larger and have a 45degree angle in the neck and lots more strings. Instrument in the photo is a pear-backed Mandolin (as opposed to the flat-back used in blue-grass music) very southern Italian, they have 8 strings, tuned in pairs, same tuning as a violin, played with a plectrum, lots of tremolo … The strings are metal which is quite period impossible – but I guess it was Star Trek so a mish-mash of eras anyway.

    Reply
  31. Robin

    Kevin Costner. I just like that version … probably the music and Alan Rickman. And he wasn’t prancing around in tights so … :)

    Reply
  32. Rick Cressman

    If I could see it now it would be my Great Uncle William Russell who starred with Gerda Holmes in the 1913 Silent – it was reckoned to be a very good early presentation of Robin Hood produced by Thanhouser Studio

    Reply

Feel the love

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.