Detail of an illustration by N.C. Wyeth, for Paul Creswicks' Robin Hood. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons
"In this our spacious Isle, I thinke there is not one,
But he hath heard some talke of him [Robin Hood] and little John;
And to the end of time, the Tales shall n'er de done..."
In the 15th century, as common people gathered in inns and taverns, or anywhere a minstrel might appear, ballads began to sung about a popular folk hero. His popularity grew and many more ballads were anonymously composed. He rivaled King Arthur for the position of greatest English hero. His name was Robin Hood, leader of an outlaw band, the greatest archer in the land of the longbow.
From the early ballads, to plays, then to prose retellings of the ballad stories, to novels, to comic books, Robin Hood has appeared in them all. With the advent of movies, then television, Robin Hood became a well-known figure on both the large and small screens. He continues today to be perennially popular.