Myths and legends were a big part of Medieval Times. People enjoyed telling scary stories about heroes and heroines. Robin Hood was a popular hero in Medieval Times. He appeared in many English stories and ballads. His stories were told from as far back as the 1300s! He stole from the rich, and gave to the poor. His most famous enemy was the Sheriff of Nottingham. He was known as "A right against might."
Robin lived in the woods with his band of followers. Little John was the most commonly known of all of his followers. His name was misleading, though. Little John was supposed to be 210 centimeters tall! That's over seven feet!
Anyway, Robin Hood was usually thought to be fictional, but some people think that he was real! They say his real name was Robert Fitzooth.
Real or not, Robin
Hood really was a right against might.
Also, in Medieval times, the suspicion of the number thirteen was popular. Here's how the legend came to be:
One morning the god Balder told his mother of a horrible dream that he had that had proposed his death. His mother was worried, and made many things from nature promise not to hurt her son. Other gods passed time by throwing things at Balder and watching them bounce off!
Loki, another god, was jealous, and hatched an evil plan. He tricked Balder's mother into telling him that she had not gotten a promise from mistletoe, because she thought it was useless. Loki made a dart out of mistletoe, and attended a party as the 13th guest.
Everyone was hanging
out, throwing things at Baulder. Loki saw that Hoder, Baulder's
brother, was not
participating. He asked him why, and Hoder answered that he was
blind, and he didn't have anything to throw. So Loki gave him
the mistletoe, and guided his hand. The mistletoe sailed through
the air and pierced Baulder's heart. And that is how the legend
of the number 13 came to be.
The biggest part of Medieval folklore was dragons. Medieval people liked to scare each other with dragons. Here are four dragon stories that will knock your socks off!!