Robin Hood 
is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who, according to
legend;" Was a highly skilled archer and swordsman
". Traditionally depicted as being dressed in Lincoln green
, he is often portrayed as "Robbing from the rich and giving to the
" alongside his band of Merry Men 
. Robin Hood became a popular folk
figure in the late-medieval period.
Ballads and Tales
The first clear reference to "Rhymes of Robin Hood
" is from the c. 1377 and the poem;" Piers Plowman
", but the earliest surviving copies of the narrative ballads that tell his
story date to the second half of 15th century (i.e. the 1400s), or the first decade of the 16th century (1500s).
The basic similarity then, of Rama 
and Robin, as archer heroes exiled to the
forest, may reflect an ancient Proto-Indo-European 
The story of Robin Hood has many parallels around the world in myth, folklore and mythology. One of the most strikingly similar stories is the
, the sacred tale of the adventures of the Hindu lord Rama, an avatar
(human incarnation) of the god Krishna. ( All books can be found by clicking this link
Rama was a crown prince who was wrongly exiled to the forest for fourteen years. He was a skilled archer who won his wife's hand by proving his skill
with the bow. His beautiful wife Sita  and his loyal brother Lakshmana
 accompanied him into the forest in exile, where they lived by hunting game.
Sita was abducted by a monster and Rama was aided in rescuing her by a monkey named Hanuman
, a servant of the monkey king. In return, Rama helped the deposed king of the
monkeys reclaim his throne from a usurper brother. [.....]
From this synopsis, we can see the structural parallels with the Robin Hood story. Robin, the outlaw archer, banished to the forest, like Rama, is
accompanied by his wife Marian (from the early 16th century at least) and his loyal lieutenant (and, in a 17th century version, cousin) Little John.
In many of the later romances, Marian is abducted by the sheriff or his men and must be rescued.
An equally compelling candidate for a Robin prototype within the Germanic pantheon is Woden's rival (or sometimes son) Ull (also known as Hollin,
Holler, Oller, Uller or Vulder). He is the Norse god of archery, and the personification of Winter. According to some versions of the Norse myths,
each summer, Ull must descend to Hel so that Odin, in his role of Summer King, can govern the weather. Ull is sometimes portrayed as the husband of
the giantess Skadi, another personification of Summer; elsewhere he is one of the lovers of Frigga, the goddess of love and beauty.
A serpent came crawling (but) it destroyed no one
when Woden took nine twigs of glory,
(and) then struck the adder so that it flew into nine (pieces).
There archived apple and poison
that it never would re-enter the house
Robin Hood, as a Year God, thus takes on attributes of both Odin and Ull, playing both the Summer King and the Winter King, and wins the love of the
Summer Queen, or Queen of the May, Marian.
Some other Stuff - S.O.S
In the middle of the 16th century, Sir William St Clair, grandson of the chapel builder, allowed gypsies to live in a part of Rosslyn Castle, but also
intervened to save a gypsy from the gallows on Borough Moor. After this, it became the custom for gypsies to gather in Roslin Glen every May and June
to perform plays. (The St Clairs of Caithness also protected gypsies in their lands.)
Significantly the plays that they performed were those telling the tales of Robin Hood - which were also then, like the gypsies, banned by law,
because of their pagan and subversive undertones. (The two towers of Rosslyn Castle in which the gypsies lived were called 'Robin Hood' and 'Little
Temple of Mysteries