“Robin Hood and the Ranger”


Robin is stopped from killing a deer by a forester. They fight. Robin is bested and offers the other a place in his band. He blows his horn to summon his men, the forester joins them, and all celebrate.


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 131, "Robin Hood and the Ranger" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 131, "Robin Hood and the Ranger" (2 versions)
  3. Roud #933
  4. BI, C131


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1777
Keywords: Robinhood fight
Found in: Britain(England(North))