Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
Everyone knows about Robin Hood and his merry men. What we donít know who was Robin Hood? Did he really exist? How much is legend and how much is history?
He Did Exist
All the research points to someone or multiple someoneís being the Robin Hood of our Legends. How do we know that? Historians have traced the mention of Robin Hood through various documents and have discovered much evidence that has paved the wave for even more theories. The issue is that you have to understand legends.
First of all, all legends have a grain of truth in them. Something is factual about them. Many times, historians and scientists have been proven wrong when they denounce legends. The panda was a legend. Troy was a legend. Since their Ďdiscoveriesí, we can pandas in many zoos and Troy can be seen. Whether or not the Trojan horse is historical, weíll never really know until we find pieces of it. But Troy did exist. See what I mean? All legends start from truth.
In the case of Robin Hood, there were many outlaws during the reign of King John that did what legend attributes to the legendary Robin Hood. They stole only from the rich and gave to their fellow poor. There has even been evidence found of been with similar names that could easily have changed a few letters and called themselves Robin Hood. This is where legends take another turn.
As I said, legends all come from truth. From there, man embellishes them, and the legends grow to unbelievable proportions. Was there a real man that took on the name of Robin Hood? There could have been. As with many legends, there could also have been several men who did these acts. The poets might have just combined names and acts to create one character that exemplified them all. That would have been easier instead of trying to remember which outlaw did what.
The acts of Robin Hood are based on truth though not necessarily retold correctly. The man of Robin Hood is based on one or more people though we canít narrow down who. Was there a Robin Hood? Yes, there was just as there really was a St. Claus who has turned into the legend of the man who slides down chimneys around the world all in one night.