We have recently been reading the early tales of Robin Hood, most notably Robin Hood and the Monk. I found this ballad very interesting mainly because it deals with a Robin that, though familiar to the tales and memories of my childhood, is slightly less than the man I had hoped to find.
Robin is not faithful to his word when he bets Little John that he can beat him in a test of marksmanship. Robin raises the sum proffered by Little John as one might expect from a boastful Hero. This type of boast is seen with Beowulf when he speaks of his intention to beat the Grendel. Robin then changes his mind when he loses and declares that he will not pay. Continue Reading