The Turn of the Wheel

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Title: The Turn of the Wheel
Editor(s): Mary Ann B. McKinnon
Date(s): 1992
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Language: English
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The Turn of the Wheel is a gen anthology published in 1992. It contains 216 pages.

flyer from Tree of Life #3, click to read

The zine contains an alternate universe section: "WHAT IF Marguerite of Gisburne's husband had truly died in the Crusades, and Guy were the legitimate older son of Earl David and heir to Huntingdon? How would this affect the lives and personalities of Robert, Guy, Robin of Loxley, and all the other characters in Robin of Sherwood?"

From a 1992 flyer:
In a series of eight linked stories. Todd Parrish. Julie Phipps. Laura Chevening, Joette Rozanski. Anne Motley, and Jacquie Groom explore this possibility, beginning with Guy and Robert's childhood as brothers together at Huntingdon, proceeding through Robert's early visions of Heme and his sensitivity to the peasants and his and Guy's fateful meeting with Loxley and the outlaws in which they are 'invited" to sup with the outlaws, at which time Robert makes a friend for life and Guy an enemy. Finally. Sir Guy conspires with Gulnar to break up his brother's three-year friendship with Loxley by tricking him into betraying Robin, and Robert also finds out that his Uncle Edgar is not quite what he thought him to be. Taking things further along, Robert visits his brother one last time before joining the outlaws for good, but will they grant acceptance to this second Son of Heme when he steps forward to join them immediately after firing the last fire arrow for their fallen leader?


  • In Full Moon by Janet P. Reedman -- Novella. Sixteen years have passed since the death of Robin of Loxley upon the tor. But now Herne grows old, and a new Hunter is needed... Adventure and romance. loves lost and loves found for both Robin and Robert in the world of "Robin of Sherwood."
  • On the Cold Hill's Side by Rebecca Brothers, Pat Dunn, and Diana Smith -- Novella. Starring Nicholas & Varina. The blood-drinking fugnwr gwaed has attacked Lady Harton. All seems lost until a mysterious stranger and his Lady show up to help, and Robin of Loxley listens carefully to Herne about how to use the silver arrow. (includes many original characters, including some fan casted ones, reprinted in The Collected Nicholas and Varina)
  • Mirror of Fire by Valerie Meachum -- Liara the Irish witch has seen a vision of death upon the tor. Can she find the mysterious Hooded Man in time to prevent his fate?
  • Maker of a Legend (a long poem by Linda Frankel)
  • Good Fortune, Good Measure (by Todd Parish -- The crumbling clay image of Robin Hood has left Guy of Gisburne in sad straits. What can he do but run away and hope he is not caught by the king's men? But then things get worse! A humorous tale of misadventure, mismatch, and woe, as a lumbering wagon leaves Guy prisoner of a broken leg in the home of a very reluctant Sarah de Talmont. It is reminiscent of "Taming of the Shrew."

The eight linked stories:

  • Child's Hands by Todd Parish -- Two young brothers find a wounded bird in the highest tower of Huntingdon.
  • Children of the Forest by Julie Phipps -- When Robert de Rainault is caught in the middle of a mud fight between Guy, Robert, and their young playmate Elise, de Rainault's harsh treatment of the peasant girl gives Robert his first taste of injustice in the world.
  • The Vigil by Laura Chevening -- During Guy's vigil for the knighthood, the vision that comes to his thirteen-year-old brother Robert is not quite what the young knight-to-be bargained for.
  • The Greenwood Beckons by Joette Rozanski -- Returning home through Sherwood, Sir Guy and his younger brother Robert are "invited" to sup with the outlaws, leaving lasting impressions on both brothers.
  • Fouling the Waters by Joette Rozanski -- Sir Guy conspires with Gulnar to break up the secret friendship between Robert and Loxley that has dominated his brother's life for the past three years.
  • To Become a Man by Anne Motley -- When sixteen-year-old Robert visits his Uncle Edgar, he finds out that his favorite uncle is not quite what he thought him to be.
  • Conversation by Jacquie Groom -- After freeing the outlaws on the day that Robin of Loxley died upon the·tor, Robert returns to Huntingdon one last time to say good-bye to his brother.
  • Acceptance by Jacquie Groom- - Robin of Loxley lies dead upon the tor. Will the outlaws of Sherwood accept a new Son of Herne to be their leader?

"On Cold Hill's Side"

Comments in 1993 by Rebecca Ann Brothers, one of the authors of "On Cold Hill's Side" --
Re: the RoS story. *ahem* OK, I've gotten a grip and pulled myself together. (I have very mixed feelings about this story, as there were some...'production problems' on it.) Nicholas and Varina are the creation of my co-authors; they're a vampiric couple who've popped into nearly every fandom known to fenkind, and have their own zine. Nicholas is physically modeled on Duncan Regher, and Carina's resemblance to Deaana Troi is purely intentional. I'm glad you liked the story, though. I'd have scrapped the happy ending, but that's what happens when you write with other people. (Yeah, OK, so any character assessment of me would be headed by: Does not work well with others.) [1]

Brothers also comments on some fan casting of this story in 1994:

Now I do like Dayfdd Kildragon in Hellhound, but he doesn't come across as Ray Doyle clone either, at least not to me. Lew Brody, on the other hand, is very like Bodie — and not always with Bodie"s good qualities. Cloning the actor and cloning the character are two very different things: I often do the former, but try never to do the latter. (And I don't believe anyone ever caught onto my "casting" Lewis Collins as a character in a DW story! — probably because he wasn't the least like Bodie. That was "The Eldritch Horror," appearing in BANZINE #2.) The closest I've come to that is in a ROBIN HOOD story, "On The Cold Hill's Side" (in TURN OF THE WHEEL #1), where I did come up with two characters who are a lot like Blake and Avon; hopefully that hasn't annoyed anyone. [2]
The a/u so prevalent in PROS didn't do a lot for me, but I could be hypocritical enough to like it in B7, simply because these folks appeal to me more than Bodie & Doyle. In fact I've already done something along those lines, "On the Cold Hill's Side," in a RoS zine, TORN OF THE WHEEL #1; the Blake/Gareth is a Cadfaelian monk, the Avon/Paul a nobleman beset with vampires. It didn't turn out quite the way I wanted, but that's what happens when you write with other people. [3]


  1. ^ from Rallying Call #9
  2. ^ from Rallying Call #11
  3. ^ from Rallying Call #14