Robin Hood (BBC 2006)
|Creator:||Dominic Minghella and Foz Allan|
|Medium:||BBC television series|
|Country of Origin:||UK|
|External Links:||BBC; IMDb; Wikipedia; Wikia|
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For other Robin Hood source texts, see Robin Hood
According to the BBC summary: "Drama series which gives a contemporary feel to the classic Robin Hood legend, focusing on Robin Hood's fight against the evil and corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham." Known for its cartoon villainy and irreverent anachronisms.
This version takes the Earl of Huntingdon origin story for Sir Robin of Locksley, ex-Crusader and King Richard’s loyal man who is later known as Robin Hood (BBC 2006 character) (“Hood”). Robin’s love interest, Lady Marian of Knighton (Marian Fitzwalter or "Maz") disguises herself as a caped Crusader to fight with Sheriff Vaisey – the Night Watchman. Robin is played by Jonas Armstrong, Marian – by Lucy Griffiths.
The Sheriff's sidekick, Sir Guy of Gisborne ("Giz"), is played by the popular Richard Armitage, who features in a lot of fanfiction. Other characters with a fannish following include Much, Robin's former manservant; Allan a Dale, Guy’s unwilling informant and spy in Robin Hood’s camp; and Djaq, young Saracen wonder-healeress.
Fannish ResponseA fan in 2010 wrote:
I love so many things about this show — the complexity of the characters, the moral nuances and shades of gray, the absorbing stories (in spite of their silly elements), the mix of drama and humor, the quirky sensibility … even the creative treatment of history! ... I actually think that Robin Hood was full of moral nuances and shades of gray. Guy isn’t "all bad," and Robin and Marian are not "all good." Robin is very flawed and even dark at times, not just in his fanatical devotion to the King but in his callousness toward those who love him (especially Much). Marian is guilty of some morally questionable acts as well — not only her deceptions toward Guy but her cruel words to her father before he dies, or the fact that in 1×07 (Brothers in Arms) she allows an innocent man to be tortured and executed for something that she did (passing information to Robin). Allan, too, is full of gray areas, and Will has his darker moments. The moral complexities are part of what makes me love this show.' (LadyKate)
The fandom probably peaked during the first two seasons (2006–7); S3 was less popular with fans. Livejournal was a major venue. There's some overlap with other Armitage fandoms such as North and South and Spooks, and Armitage forums such as C19 host discussion and fanfiction.
Major pairings include Guy/Marian as well as the canonical Robin/Marian and Will/Djaq in het, and Guy/Robin, Robin/Much and Guy/Allan in slash. Various threesomes can also be found, including Guy/Marian/Robin, Guy/Marian/Allan and Will/Djaq/Allan.
Marian's death at Guy's hands in the S2 finale was not popular, and one widespread trope is Marian Lives! fix-it AUs. There are also fix-its for the (Almost) Everybody Dies! S3 finale. Kate, Marian's replacement as S3 love interest, wasn't very popular with some sectors of the fandom, and Kate Gets It! is another trope.
Fanfiction (Robin/Marian, Guy/Marian, Robin/OFC, Guy/OFC, and other pairings)
- Fallout by bookishy – Guy/Marian, AU after S2E13 (We Are Robin Hood). Guy and Marian deal with the aftermath of killing the Sheriff. It’s popular among fans, Marian Lives! AU novel (WiP).
- A Place to Call Home by emn1936 – the popular novel-length take on the forced marriage scenario. As in many of this genre, Guy is surprisingly chivalrous about his marital rights
- Fortune's Wheel by an_lagat_glas -- politics-heavy AU novel (WiP). Guy is forced by the Sheriff to rape Marian and then helps her to recover. This is one of the few popular stories in which Guy rapes someone other than a servant, and the act is depicted as a violation of Guy almost as much as Marian
- Know Your Enemy by Unsentimental Fool – one shot Guy/Marian, identity porn with the Night Watchman
- Justice by dreamlittleyo – Guy/Robin, with a darker Robin than usual
- Lies Don't Stop Being Lies Just Because No One Believes Them by paperclipbitch – Guy/Allan
- The Choice Not to Choose by Sandrine Shaw – S2 AU with Guy/Marian/Robin
- Weekend at Vasey's by Elfrieda – frequently recommended crackfic (Guy/Marian/Allan)
- Hope for Healing by WastingYourGum – ensemble adventure with an episode-like feel (WiP)
- The Wolf's Head by corrielle – well-thought-out AU adventure where Guy & Robin swap roles
- Marian Through the Looking Glass by JAGNikJen – an epic Robin/Marian fic
- The Excitement of Attraction by JAGNikJen – Queen Eleanor takes a fancy to Little John.
- Some Honey of His Own by JAGNikJen – Much finally finds a love of his own.
- Robin Hood: The Road to Redemption by Sarah Cartwright -- Guy/OFC in political arranged marriage. Robin has vowed to avenge Marian's death. Guy wants for revenge for what he's lost.
- The Return of the King by muchbeddled – Marian/Robin S3 AU. Marian survived and is married to Robin. Gisborne wants revenge. King Richard finally returned to England.
- A Life Less Ordinary by lotusflower85 – Robin/Marian S3 AU, quite popular among fans. Marian is mortally wounded by Guy but she survives her and later returns to England.
- We Are Robin Hood by Lady Marianne – Robin/Marian S3 AU. Marian doesn't try to kill the Sheriff and is never taken to the Holy Land. Robin and the gang travel to Acre to save the King, but not everything ends as they plan.
- Travelers Returned by LadyKate and Tango – Guy/Marian, Robin/Marian, Robin/OFC S3 AU. Everyone thinks Marian of Knighton died in the Holy Land, but she is alive, and headed to England. Marian returns to Nottingham to find herself embroiled in political intrigue, torn between her relationship with Robin and Guy. It’s a great novel, and it’s popular among fans.
- Quintessence Of Life: Mysteries of The Past by Amaranthe Athenais – Guy/Marian, Robin/Marian, Robin/OFC AU starting from S2E10 (Walkabout), part one of the long epic (trilogy). The novel has an exclusive and original plot that is largely focused on the triangle Robin/King Richard/Guy (no slash, just the triangle about the mysterious relationships of the past), and Marian is not killed by Guy in a jealous rage. It’s a great novel, and it’s popular among fans.
- Quintessence Of Life: Mysteries Unveiled by Amaranthe Athenais – Guy/Marian, Guy/Meg, Robin/Marian, Robin/OFC AU starting from S2E10 (Walkabout), part two of the long epic (trilogy). The novel has an exclusive and original plot that is largely focused on the triangle Robin/King Richard/Guy (no slash, just the triangle about the mysterious relationships of the past). Marian is not killed by Guy in a jealous rage: someone else is mortally wounded by Vaisey. It’s a great novel, and it’s popular among fans.
- God Gave Me You by funnygirl00 – It’s set in the end of S1, Guy/Meg, Robin/Marian fiction. Guy and Meg met when Marian rejected him at the altar, and affections blossom swiftly.
- For more examples, see Robin Hood (BBC 2006 character), Guy of Gisborne, Robin/Marian, Guy/Marian
- Fans are encouraged to add more examples
- Travel Well by Jesuit24 – retrospective in Robin's PoV, framed in S3 finale
- Robin Hood& Marian great video by snowbrow85's channel – an epic video about Robin and Marian and their struggle to be together
- I Am Robin Hood by Legendary Dreamer – an epic video of Robin Hood and his adventures
- Guy of Gisborne (Robin Hood) by elvirasweeney's channel – an epic fan video of Robin Hood and his adventures
- Robin Hood (BBC) at ff.net (~3000 stories)
- Robin Hood (BBC 2006) at AO3 (~500 stories)
- The Robin Hood Fan Fiction Archive (~120 stories)
- Tales of Sherwood at C19 (members only)
Forums & Communities
- rh-archive – fanfiction & recs
- rh-press – newsletter
- bigbanghood – The Robin Hood Big Bang Challenge 2009
- rhbigbang – Robin Hood Big Bang 2010 & 2011
- rh-drabblefest – Robin Hood Drabble Fest
- hoodland – team challenge community
- robinsociety – Robin Hood
- maz-heads – Marian of Knighton
- lordgisborne – Guy of Gisborne
- good-wth-wood – Will Scarlett
- treatallanright – Allan a Dale
- treatljohnright – Little John
- treatmuchright – Much
- udontknowdjaq – Djaq
- writekateright – Kate
- treatguardsrite – Sheriff of Nottingham, castle guards
- isabella-giz – Isabella of Gisborne
- scarlett_fanfic – Will Scarlett
- bbc-robinmarian – Robin/Marian
- guyxmarian – Guy/Marian
- robinxisabella – Robin/Isabella
- robinkate – Robin/Kate
- will_djaq – Will/Djaq
- team_leather – Guy/Marian/Allan
- ...and more at newbieguide & rh_lj_guide
- me + richard armitage: Fan Showcase: LadyKate63 (accessed 29 May 2013)