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Robin Hood

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  2,288 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Also published as Robin Hood & the Men of the Greenwood.

Robin Hood is the best-loved outlaw of all time. In this edition Henry Gilbert tells of the adventures of the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest - Robin himself, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Alan-a-Dale, as well as Maid Marian, good King Richard, and Robin's deadly enemies Guy of Gisborne and the evil Sher
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published 2003 by Wilco Publishing House (first published 1912)
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Andrei Bădică
Jul 28, 2016 Andrei Bădică rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frumoasă carte!
Erica Mukherjee
Jul 28, 2009 Erica Mukherjee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Henry Gilbert’s Robin Hood sulks in the uneasy twilight of world literature. The likes of Sir Gawain, Piers Plowman and Beowulf have had the good fortune to have their tales told in a clear, definitive voice and then retold by scrupulous and concise editors. Robin Hood’s story was told and retold by so many balladeers and then moulded into whatever shape his editors thought would fit the sensibilities of the times. Therefore it is difficult to find Robin Hood in his original alliterative verse a ...more
Răzvan Damachi
May 18, 2010 Răzvan Damachi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, adventure
Robin Hood is the best-loved outlaw of all literature, and one of the best-loved characters altogether. Henry Gilbert's version of the story proves it. The book is interesting to read, since it provides an explicit view over the hard past times in old England, over the people and the lands. Its action brings the suspense which will keep you entertained reading it till the very end, and its characters almost deliver their very feelings to you, as a reader. Robin Hood is finely designed, so that h ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robin-hood, childrens
Want to turn a kid off reading or Robin Hood?

Give him or her this book.

Howard Pyle sticks out his tongue. He still reigns supreme.
Dan Pepper
Aug 18, 2014 Dan Pepper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't be particularly rational or analytic about this book. It's a childhood favorite, that appeared in our house when I was maybe 10 or so in odd edition dated 1935 that lacked an author credit.

Re-reading it as adult, I'm struck by either how much it was perfect for my tastes or, maybe, how much it helped shape my tastes. Mainly, I think, for how much awesome, extraneous stuff it has in it. I'm typing this with my back to a map of Westeros on my wall and I think the sort of intriguing but of
Alex Smith

1. Genre: Traditional Literature

2. Awards: None

3. Grade Level: 5th-6th

4. This story is a timeless classic with many adaptations. I would use this book when we discuss the English medieval period in history class and how this was one of the most popular folk tales to tell during that particular time period. A follow-up activity I would do would be to have my students imagine and describe what their lives would be like if they were one of Robin Hood's men living in Sherwood Forest and them have th
Sumodh Mohanan
Quite interesting to read. Gilbert's language gives a view as if in a visual
Mar 09, 2017 Stanislav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I'd say that this book comes with a certain age for which it holds lots of importance, but when you're a little grown up it seems to be like reading kid's stories. The descriptions that Gilbert gives about the nature and the surroundings are really beautifully written though. The way that the nature appears to you is like a nice dream from which you don't want to wake up. For kids or young teenagers I think would be interesting.
Jan 26, 2017 ADD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Entertaining, but a bit challenging to decipher with through all the thee, thy, thou usage. Of course, Robin, ever our hero, is flawless and the evil characters all easily present themselves as such. No character is complex. But it was a fun, easy read to finish out the day.
Henry Gilbert’s interpretation of the old legends sets in place the twentieth-century image of Robin Hood (essentially a myth of a myth), and creates a character who we might describe as the first modern superhero.

In Gilbert’s account, all the familiar figures are firmly established in our mind – Robin, Marian, Friar Tuck, Alan-a-Dale and Little John on one side, and Guy of Gisburne and the Sheriff of Nottingham on the other. (Actually, his remit is somewhat larger, and he is the Sheriff of Nott
May 08, 2014 Suzan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From my blog

We all know the story of Robin Hood: a man who for one reason or another robs from the rich, and gives to the poor. Now, the problem is that the Robin Hood histories originate from a time before stories were written down. In the oral traditions, the stories were subject to change, for obvious reasons: everyone remembered other things, exaggerated what they found crucial parts, and so on. Therefore, when they were finally written down, several editions existed. Henry Gilbert mixed th
Elinor  Loredan
Jul 22, 2013 Elinor Loredan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Definitely not in the same strain as the happy ending Disney version. It is a violent book, with Robin not in the least hesitant to kill the bad guys. He is a very charming hero, however, though I wish more was given on his background (probably no one really knows it) and I enjoy the noble speech of he and his men. The villains are convincing, with simple descriptions and characterization that do not overdo trying to make them seem ferocious. My favorite part in the book is when Robin meets Litt ...more
Arash Sadeghi
First book I read in 2016.

As a goal, I plan to read all the books in my house before I start reading new books. Basically, a collection of books built up over the years that I never got around to reading yet, or books from my brother's collection.

This was a book I read back in 7th grade, and then I put down, because I got into fantasy (Artemis Fowl, Redwall, Lord of the Rings), and upon re-reading I can see why...

Every chapter is basically the same. Robin Hood meets a guy, he has some hard times
Aug 31, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the classic fairytale kind of book that those really serious people without senses of humour get annoyed with. Each chapter follows the same formula; Robin learns of an injustice, overthrows the wicked lord or baron, one of his comrades dies, repeat. The best part in the novel was in the scene where we are taken to the evil hold and the wicked and oppressive rogues are scheming. It was so comical that I imagined it as a movie, the narrator would say "Meanwhile back at the Evil Hold..... ...more
May 11, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book at a raffle a year ago and decided to read it, perhaps thinking it a liberal fantasy. I figured it would be a nice, cute story about a guy in green who innocuously robs from the rich and gives to the poor. Little did I expect how violent this story is. Robin Hood committed murder, arson and aggravated assault in his form of vigilante justice. Granted, their victims were all pretty bad people. But still, this guy wasn't George McGovern. He was Dexter.

I had to put this aw
A very enjoyable, approachable read. Gilbert knows his RH legends, and tries to utilize as much of the old legends as possible. He also adds a couple of characters from fearie lore (which is why I've added the "magical realism" tag, because these characters are added as a matter of course). This version was published in 1912, original, and I don't know why they were inserted, but they're certainly useful.

Marian isn't much of a bad-ass in this one. Unfortunately, she falls victim to Guy of Gisbo
Dec 14, 2008 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
288 closely typed pages wouldn't normally be recommended reading for a 6 year old. Sean picked this off my shelf to read to him and we've now finished it. It's quite a different version of the Robin Hood legend from that of Roger L. Green, but it is every bit as compelling. The basic story should be well known to most through the cinema, however, obviously the cinema cannot pack in every incident in Hood's legend, unless one day they want to make a film of severals day's length.

This book would p
Apr 12, 2011 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robin-hood

This version of Robin Hood represents a literary half way point in the story telling history of Robin Hood tales. It isn’t a ballad told in late medieval affected style or even Tudor bombastic style, but neither does it have the fast pace, clipped speech, cinematic quality the later 20th century versions will bring to the table. It takes most of the traditional ballads and puts them in linear, prose form, with a sprinkling of Edwardian-type fantasy, swinging back and forth between the stock, blo
Scott Howard
I Just finished reading ROBIN HOOD to Marshall (age 7). It was written in 1912 by Henry Gilbert and was 348 pages long. We're in Virginia.

It was certainly an enjoyable read and did justice to the Robin Hood legend. It has some stuffy old language, but that's my only complaint. Interestingly, the book had a pretty anti-organized religion bent (and organization in general--class structure, government, etc.). If it had a thematic message, it was that goodness (and evil), righteousness, and justic
Kaitlin Smith
Aug 03, 2011 Kaitlin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more of a "read?" since my edition has no author or date listed. It lists the publisher as "The Goldsmith Publishing Company: Chicago". The one I own has Ket the Trow and Hob O' the Hill as characters...can anyone tell me if this book is that one? Red fabric over cardboard hardcover.
If this is that one...I loved it. I read and reread it until the pages started falling out and I still compare every Robin Hood story I read or see to it. None hold a candle to the breadth of the story, from
Amber Schwarz
Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert
Seventh Grade
Woods, 1938
Summary: Robin Hood is an outlaw; with is merry men, he robs from the rich and gives to the poor. Robin Hood is trying to protect the people from Prince John. Robin Hood defeats Prince John and becomes ruler of the land.
Recommendation: I would not recommend reading this as a class, just because everybody already knows the story behind Robin Hood. For a student to read on their own, I would say this is a great book for that. Very interesting and
Jun 11, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was really good. Tales of derring-do, knights and fair maidens. All along the vein of King Arthur or Ivanhoe. There were so many characters, some mentiooned just to be killed off in the next page, that it took some following in places, but otherwise I enjoyed it. Each chapter is a story or two in itself and just long enough to read straight it one session.
Helidth Ravenholm
The only reason for the two stars is the sort of sweet writing style that Gilbert tries on with this book. I may be a horrible reader, because I know a bit too much about actual Robin Hood myths to actually like this book, but in part, that's Gilbert's own fault. The inconsistencies (no spoilers, so you'll have to figure them out yourself) are a bit too much for an attentive reader to miss.
Veronica Billingsley
My son really enjoyed reading about Robin Hood. He even started sneaking money from my parents because he was so intrigued by the outlaw (he's 3). I also enjoyed it and was surprised at how different it is from the Disney portrayal. Btw, the book we read has no author tied to it so I can't reflect on the variances among tales.
Hannah S
this book took me far longer than the dates shown would imply. I found it very, very hard to get through, partly because of the very old fashioned language, but also because of the very old fashioned style. And there were many times where I was simply bored by it. A shame really. There were parts that were interesting and even quite fun, but sadly, mostly, not so much
Marty Reeder
As far as characters go, it is hard to beat Robin Hood in the hero department. The guy is inevitably cocky (in a good way, of course), and any story centered around him is a good story. That doesn't necessarily mean that the story is great, however. This one seemed to shuffle along in little vignettes, and the ending was atrocious. But, hey, it's Robin Hood. I can't really complain too much.
Jan 23, 2014 Elfa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*snickers* I remember reading this book when I was nine or ten years old. I think I must have read it at least five times by the time I was eleven - I liked the book so much.

I haven't read this book in a while so I'm thinking I should re-read it to remind myself of why I liked it so much when I was a kid. :)
Feb 22, 2016 Andreea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost-interest
Actual Rating : 3.3 / 5

I originally thought that this book would be like the 1938 film with Olivia deHavilland and Errol Flynn, since that was one of the older versions in cinema, but apparently not. I wasn't disappointed with the book, per se, but I didn't particularly enjoy it either. I was hoping that it might be a favourite classic of mine, but unfortunately, not so.
Elijah Spector
Robin Hood fights the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisborne, with the help of trolls. Uh, OK. Read my review!
Barry Bridges
All the classic tales from the life of the greatest bowman that ever lived!
The author uses olde English for the outlaws speech but does his best to explain what words mean, now and again coming out of the story to do so.
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