“Robin Hood's Delight”


Robin Hood, Little John, and Will Scarlock are met in the forest by three keepers. They fight. The keepers get the better of it. Robin asks to blow his horn but is refused. Robin invites them to compete at drinking sack instead. They become friends.


For background on the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117].

Fully half the Robin Hood ballads in the Child collection (numbers (121 -- the earliest and most basic example of the type), 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 130, 131, 132, (133), (134), (135), (136), (137), (150)) share all or part of the theme of a stranger meeting and defeating Robin, and being invited to join his band. Most of these are late, but it makes one wonder if Robin ever won a battle. - RBW


  1. Child 136, "Robin Hood's Delight" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 135, comments only
  3. BBI, RZN20, "There's some will talk of Lords and Knights"
  4. Roud #3986
  5. BI, C136


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1663
Keywords: Robinhood fight drink