Fictional Outlaw / Folk Hero
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The cheerful robber who lives in Sherwood Forest
Robin Hood is a legendary hero of English folklore. In the old tales, Robin Hood is an expert archer and good-hearted outlaw who lives in England's Sherwood Forest and "robs from the rich and gives to the poor." He loves Maid Marian, leads a band known as the Merry Men (which includes Friar Tuck and the oversized Little John) and torments the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin appears in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe and many other books, stories and movies. Most Robin Hood stories are set in the era of 1100 - 1300 A.D., and in many he is a defender of the real-life King Richard the Lion-Hearted and enemy of the usurper, King John. Much like King Arthur, Robin is a fictional figure who may have been loosely based on a real person or persons.