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The Adventures of Robin Hood

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  8,425 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The story of the English folk hero and medieval outlaw Robin Hood who as legend would have it lived in the days of Richard the Lionheart and Prince John and, with his band of merry men, fought injustice and tyranny. This retelling of the stories, first published in 1956, has become an acknowledged classic: a literary mosaic in which Roger Lancelyn Green has brought togethe ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Puffin (first published 1956)
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Nickolas the Kid
Αυτή ακριβώς την έκδοση την είχα διαβάσει στο δημοτικό γύρω στις 50 φορές... Ακόμα θυμάμαι την δομή του βιβλίου και την αυθαίρετη μετάφραση ονομάτων, τύπου Little John = Τζωνάκης και Will Scarlet = Γουίλ ο Κόκκινος!!!!
Pure adventure and a wonderful read with the boys. Green knows how to weave together action scenes and each tale causes the reader to lean in and be a part of the story.. There is a reason this is a classic tale. I highly recommend this book as well as Green's "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table". Here's one of my favorite quotes from this book as Robin first calls forth his merry men in Sherwood Forest:

"Now, my friends, we do not take from these and their kind to enrich ourselves. W
Lanie Sanders
its was alright as far as repeative rescues go. every attack was the same basic thing. Robin wears a custom, tricks the bad guys, then jumps out and says "HAHA!i am robin hood!" Its cute for a kids but i suppose, but not for someone looking for a stimulating read.

i really only finished so i could finally put it on its place of honor on my Robin Hood shelf in my room. (Yes, i have a whole shelf solely for Robin Hood novels. Sue me.) Anyway, i decided to give "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Three
First of all, the Folio Society edition of this book is absolutely gorgeous to see and touch. Secondly, I'm surprised I never read this when I was younger? Somehow, this book escaped my attention. Who knows why.

Essentially, this book is quite similar to Howard Pyle's, with two main differences. The language is more accessible, and Marian is present and has a role (rather than being mentioned in passing only once). There were a few chapters with stories I'd never heard before. Namely, Robin being
Another retelling of the Robin Hood Legend. Roger Lancelyn Green's retelling, a bit more modern having been published in 1956, draws heavily upon the old ballads and plays as well as the works of Alfred Noyes, Tenneyson and Scott.
I found this Robin Hood to more closely resemble the Robin Hood that modern pop culture has given us or I guess this might be the Robin Hood the the modern retellings have gained some inspiration. Green's Robin started out as the Earl of Huntingdon who was selling his l
Roger Lancelyn Green makes an interesting attempt at turning the disparate Robin Hood legends and traditions into one long narrative, threading in stories and sources as diverse as Anthony Munday and Sir Walter Scott, the medieval ballads and pageant plays, and the various other sources. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, with seeming contradictions popping up here and there with little to justify them, but on the whole it does tie you a greater sense of time passage and character develop ...more
Anders Petersen
May 22, 2012 Anders Petersen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Robin Hood followers.
Shelves: adventure
In a time of oppression, where the rich grows richer and the poor grows poorer, one man will challenge the corrupted prince and rebel in the name of God and justice.

The tale of Robin Hood is well known and there have been many variations.
However this book ties together a lot of the old fashion tales of Robin Hood. (and does one hell of a job at it)

The book takes us through the life of Robin Hood, from his birth to his death.
Meanwhile, we are thrown into his merry adventures and introduced to h
Robbie Hall
It's mostly a just a collection of standalone short stories, which I wasn't too fond of as I would have preferred a single cohesive story. However, the stories are pretty entertaining, if a little repetitive.

The following is a list consisting of plot points and the probability that they appear in a chapter (each chapter is essentially a short story).

60% - An archery contest that Robin Hood wins.
60% - A friendly fight with quarterstaves that Robin Hood wins. One or both participants will finish
Lee Broderick
It seems incredible to me that this book, first published in 1956, represents the first time that someone tried to collect all of the various Robin Hood stories and develop them into a coherent whole. As the author noted in his introduction, this is in somewhat extreme contrast with the legends of King Arthur. The result is a collection of short stories which very occasionally seem a little contradictory but which overall do give the sense of a coherent narrative - from the origins of the hero t ...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I honestly went into this book expecting not to like it. You see, I'm obsessed with BBC's TV series Robin Hood, so I expected that I wouldn't like the "real" (or as close to it as one can get) version. But I was pleasantly surprised. I could actually merge the two versions in my mind quite well.

It was quite well written, taken, as much as possible, from old ballads and plays about Robin Hood, I really liked it. Green truly picked the best versions of all the different stories, and I loved how th
Cheyenne Silvers
Okay, yes this was for kiddies, but it was highly entertaining and an easy read for the poor busy senior who had to finish a book in 24 hours. Each chapter was like a mini story, the first few set up how robin was born and how he got his outlaw band set up. The next few were introducing new characters such as friar tuck and little John and allin-a-dale. The next few chapters were individual adventures such as when Robin goes to an archery contest to win a silver arrow.

This was a well written bo
An extremely enjoyable classic that had me laughing out loud, so much so that turning pages was a pleasure. This somehow managed to hold my attention just long enough to pull me into its realm of enchantment.

It's been forever since a book did that to me. In fact, I'm kind of starting to miss it now. :|


Really, Robin? Oh, thank you! Thank you!

I'll just wait for it like this, then:

Luben Raytchev
When I purchased this book, I expressed surprise at finding that the tale of Robin Hood had been put down to a book, but others seeing no reason for my surprise, considering that EVERYTHING must have originated from text, I doubted my feelings. But it's not the first recount of Robin Hood, of course, and it's not a retelling, really; apart from RLG's book I've never heard of a complete tale of Robin Hood from beginning to end, and the book itself clarifies that there's no definitive source that ...more
For the first time I prefer the movie then the book. I felt like this could have easily been cut down as every chapter tells the same story about Robin Hood's adventures which pretty much ended the same way. In a way this was like a short story collection about Robin Hood and his merry men then a complete story with a beginning and end.
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Cameron C
In the perilous book, the Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green, the reader comes to understand what tight bonds with others and a admirable leader can do for a community. This story takes place in the reign of king Richard the lionhearted in the merry and lush forests of Nauttingham where the legendary Robin Hood enhabits. This story is described through an all knowing omnisent third person view and revolves around the the expert bowman and leader Robin Hood, his bodyguard and frien ...more
Robert, a lord in England, is outlawed for killed the King's deer. He changes his name to Robin Hood, flees to Sherwood Forest, and begins attracting followers.

There are some things in Robin Hood that would be inappropriate for younger readers: 1 use of b****, almost every chapter contains a battle, and blinding with hot irons, hanging, beheading, and shooting (with bows and arrows) are all mentioned several times.
Chapter 18 involves witchcraft, but it is portrayed to be evil.

The book is very g
Michael McHale
It was a sad ending to the adventurous Robin Hood, but made it up with the amazing stories.
D.J. Edwardson
Robin Hood hits dead center when it comes to excellence in fiction. It does not read like mid-twentieth century novel which it is. It feels much, much older. This is presumably due to the fine research which the author did in preparation for its composition. Reading this book one feels transported back to "Merry Old England".

The story itself is a series of episodes which at times do not see strongly connected except for the fact that they further the legend of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws.
An entertaining Robin Hood tale, with all the essential characters. The narrative is basically a collection of rather repetitive Hood adventures. Green does a fine job fleshing out the medieval setting and the themes of justice. We are treated to the lively exploits of Hood and his Merry Men, which include all of the traditional Hood adventures (the archery tournament, the bridge fight with John, the wedding, and the last arrow. Green’s Marian also has more fighting prowess here than in other ta ...more
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After watching the Doctor Who episode called “The Robot of Sherwood” (read my review), I decided I needed to read the novel that had inspired the episode. I’m glad that I did.

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a fun novel. Each chapter sees Robin going on a different adventure, getting into trouble - usually by pissing off tyrants - , and helping people. I won’t say that Robin is 100% the good guy since he supports a King who made a law that no one can hunt deer, but he is
Katie Lorsch
This collection of stories was so much fun! Robin Hood is your classic macho hero with a witty sense of humor. I was pleased to see Maid Marian was able to hold her own with a bow and arrow and staff! These stories were great, and I look forward to reading them with my boys when they're a little older. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because some of the stories were pretty similar in nature. There's plenty of Robin Hood challenging other men to duels, then becoming best friends after ...more
This Puffin Classics version of The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green (Introduced by John Boyne) is great fun, even if it ends on a very sad note. Thank goodness for the Epilogue to cheer up our spirits a bit before we close the book on Robin's adventures. I read this to my children (8 and 11) to complement our middle ages history lesson about Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood. They both gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

From the publisher: "This retelling of the stories, first publishe
A good compilation of Robin Hood stories, all bound together with a thread of pursuit and of the creation of the merry men, but each story can stand alone.

The stories are told with a fair mix of old-speak and common language that wasn't too daunting to read to my 10 year old, and he liked the "authentic" feel of it.

There were parts he laughed out loud at, but also one clunker of a story (Semi spoiler: Robin Hood and Maid Marian don't recognize each other and have an all out swordfight? really no
Dad bought this from the Folio Society. I stole it off him a few years ago and never gave it back. I am such a sucker for Robin stories.
classic Robin
all the characters
loved n known
nice to read
each chapter it's own little story
built together to work
Margaret Martin
My 6-year-old son who loves tales of adventure would probably give this 5 stars. A literary scholar who cherishes definitive, historically-detailed works would probably give this 5 stars. I give it 3 because it's pretty dry and it isn't particularly novel-like in its chapter-by-chapter episodic flow. I'm glad I read this book, as I feel like I've made my way through the most authentic Robin Hood text. And I'm happy my son enjoyed it. But I feel like this was the literary equivalent of taking my ...more
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Every chapter was a short adventure on it's own. It was definitely enjoyable to read but not extremely exciting. I was mostly interested to read on because of its influence in literature. So many stories are based on the stories of Robin Hood and so many references are made to them.
Because every chapter was pretty much a short adventure on its own it was easy to read only one chapter at a time and it was not one of those books I couldn't put down
A wonderful collection of familiar and less familiar Robin Hood tales. Green gives the storytelling and dialogue the feel of older English without making the language a barrier to the younger reader. I particularly like the political flavor added by the references to the Norman/Saxon tensions during the time. I very much like the way the collection ends in a not so happily ever after sense.

I'm really glad that I picked it up, and I'd encourage others who enjoy children’s classics to do the same!
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Roger (Gilbert) Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in 1918 in Norwich, England, Green studied under C. S. Lewis at Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.Litt. degree. He delivered the 1968 Andrew Lang lecture. Green lived in Cheshire ...more
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“Here have I come to die,' he said, 'and where else could I ask to die but in your arms?” 8 likes
“Underneath this little stone
Lies Robert Earl of Huntington;
No other archer was so good -
And people called him Robin Hood.
Such outlaws as he and his men
Will England never see again.”
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