It’s the weekend! What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a movie? We’ve been very excited here for the release of the newest Robin Hood film starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx (dir.by Otto Bathurst, Lionsgate, 2018). The film was actually released on the 21st November, but we’ve had to wait until the weekend to get our tickets. Our writer Kathryn is going along to see it as part of themed night with Loughborough company Archery Legends, which sounds very exciting and as part of that, she has decided to look at the history of the legend of Robin Hood!
Since Robin Hood is a story that’s been done time and time again, I figured we could take a look back at the history of the tale. We all know that Robin Hood is said to have roamed Sherwood Forest (which is not far from our Loughborough base!) stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, but his legend has evolved into much more than that. Starting from the early 1900’s, the character of Robin Hood has starred in over 75 films (that I could find anyway, there may be more than that!) ranging from Disney’s Robin Hood (dir. By Wolfgang Reitherman, Walt Disney, 1973) to Robin and the 7 Hoods (dir. By Gordon Douglas, Warner Brothers, 1964), a 1930’s musical gangster film set in Chicago starring Frank Sinatra, which is not a sentence I ever thought I would be writing! But it was in ballads that Robin Hood got his start, ‘some of which date from at least as early as the 14th century’. There is still a lot of dispute as to whether Robin Hood was a real historical figure or simply a character made up by medieval and postmedieval writers as a ‘poetic expression of popular aspirations in the north of England during a turbulent era’ but it goes to show the sheer power of poetry and its ability to create and foster characters that survive for centuries!
If you go to see the new Robin Hood this weekend, let us know what you think! Does it match up to the legendary status of the man in the ballads? Or, have you got your own Robin Hood inspired writing piece? If you do, send them to us and we will feature our favourite on our website next week! firstname.lastname@example.org