|Robin Hood memorial in Nottingham. Photo by Olaf1541. He looks kind of like Link, doesn’t he?|
The Man, The Myth, The Legend . . .
References to Robin Hood first appear in the late 14th century, but weren’t written down until the 1500s. May Day celebrations figured into the growth of the Robin Hood legend, as the character was portrayed in plays and games. As times changed, so too did the nature of the stories: While firmly a yeoman—that is, a commoner—Robin Hood fought against governmental injustice during the feudal era, while in more peaceful times he became a swashbuckler with a heart of gold. In his earliest incarnations, however, he was imbued with the dominant, idealized attributes of the day, like loyalty, piousness, and generosity, and was decidedly not a rebel or an outlaw. Characters were latter added, some like Maid Marian and Friar Tuck much later, though Little John, Much the Miller’s Son and Will Scarlett seem to be Robin’s oldest companions.
(Digression: I hate it when the news media here in the United States tries to compare politicians to Robin Hood. Newsflash: In the Robin Hood legends, he steals from tax collectors. So let’s cut out the ridiculous stuff like this. Also, Monty Python’s Robin Hood send-up “Dennis Moore” is awesome and should be watched immediately. Digression over).
Regardless, no one is sure about his true origins, or if he was based on an actual person. As with the legends of King Arthur, the truth about Robin Hood will forever be a mystery. This perhaps explains why the character is so popular: Successive generations of storytellers have been able to put their own spin on him while retaining the universal themes that have helped the stories retain their relevance for nearly a millennium. That, or the tights.
|“Ladies . . .”|
|He’s got, you know, an armadillo in his trousers.|
Regarding Ms. Marx herself, she’s had a varied and interesting career in comics, games, television, photography, and animation. For instance, did you know that she created the cartoon Jem?! Or writes comic books? Has written episodes of TV shows like Babylon 5? In other words, she has lived the life that most of us pop culture geeks dream of.
Conquests of the Longbow, released in 1991, uses Sierra’s SCI1 interface and features 256-color VGA graphics with the point-and-click interface first used by the company in King’s Quest V. From what I remember, excellent graphics and a point-and-click interface are all that Longbow shares with the aforementioned game. If I have to defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham with a pie to the face, heads will roll. I’m not sure whose, but roll they shall!
|“Roll . . . they shall?”|
You all know my final score prediction (100), so I’d better not see anybody guess that. Numbers 0-99 are fair game, though, so don’t ever let it be said that I’m not generous. Want to know who else is generous?
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