Robin Hood might have been based on a real historical figure, or he could be a composite of several. He might not have existed at all. Does it really matter? What Robin Hood represents — fraternity, generosity to the less fortunate, and commitment to a personal moral code — is more important than his historicity. The fictional Robin Hood is as potent a figure as any.
There’s really no authoritative collection of Robin Hood tales, as they originated as medieval ballads, poems, and plays. He’s a stock character. Generations of storytellers have added to his myth over the centuries, and they still do today. Here are some modern retellings of the myth.