Robin Hood is a legend that originates from the county of Nottinghamshire and about a man who lived in Sherwood Forest. We know that Robin Hood was brave. He had a loyal following known as his band of ‘merry men’. They included popular characters such as: Little John (his most loyal friend), Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Will Stutely, Allen-A-Dale, and Maid Marian who is the love interest of this legendary outlaw in English folklore. Maid Marian was in origin a “shepherdess” figure associated with May Day. Her role as Robin Hood’s true love dates to at least the 16th century.
Robin Hood became a popular folk hero which people love because ‘He Took from the Rich to Give to the Poor’. He hated the Sheriff of Nottingham and his followers who enforced the harsh forest laws and was generous to the poor and down-trodden peasants who made him their champion.