Title: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Author: Roger Lancelyn Green
Published: 2010 (originally 1956)
Roger Lancelyn Green is well known for his writings on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, his fellow Inkling-members. As I happen to love both Lewis’ and Tolkien’s work, I was bound to read some Green sooner or later. My eye fell on this beautiful edition of the Puffin Hardback Classics series, a series of 15 children’s classics. There is another book by Green in this series, Tales of the Green Heroes, that looks very interesting as well!
Of course there isn’t ‘one’ story on Robin Hood. There is a nice introduction by Green wherein he explains what sources he used for his book (originally published in 1956). I think that was a nice addition because it shows a bit of his writing process and the history behind the legend.
The book itself can be best explained as a collection of short stories about Robin Hood and his followers. Each chapter contains one adventure that has a beginning and an ending. All the chapters together also tell the big story, of how Earl Robert became the outlaw Robin Hood and how, eventually, he dies. It doesn’t really feel like a big story, however. Only the last two chapters make it work as a book. It didn’t really bother me, but it does make it more of a children’s book if you know what I mean: short and therefore easy to swallow, but never really exciting because you know Robin is alright at the end of the chapter.
The Adventures of Robin Hood wasn’t mind blowing. It was nice to actually read a modern adaptation of the legend and I think it can become a treasured book when reading it at a somewhat younger age.
Have you read The Adventures of Robin Hood?