“Robin Hood Newly Revived”


Robin sees a young man skillfully kill a deer, offers him a place, is answered disdainfully. They fight. Impressed, Robin asks the stranger who he is. He is Robin's sister's son, who has slain his father's steward. Robin makes him next under Little John


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

Cross references


  1. Child 128, "Robin Hood Newly Revived" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 128, comments only
  3. Leach, pp. 380-383, "Robin Hood Newly Revived" (1 text)
  4. BBI, RZN7, "Come listen a while you Gentlemen all"
  5. DT 128, RHNEWREV
  6. Roud #3956
  7. BI, C128


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1777
Keywords: Robinhood fight family