Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter
From International Robin Hood Bibliography
|Title||Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter|
|A.k.a.||The Birth of Robin Hood|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-21. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-27.
Version: Child 102A
Primary editions of Child 102A
Scholarly editions of Child 102A
Version: Child 102B
Primary editions of Child 102B
Scholarly editions of Child 102B
Primary editions of Child 102C
Scholarly editions of Child 102C
Scholarly and literary collections (Child 102A-C)
- Görbing, F. 'Beispiele von Realisierten Mythen in den Englischen und Schottischen Balladen', Anglia, vol. XXIII (1901), pp. 1-13; see p. 5: this ballad is connected with Hind Etin (Child 41); it is perhaps no coincidence that the outlaw Robin Hood, who shares so many of the features of a wood sprite, here has a father who resembles an elf.
- Moore, John Robert. 'Omission of the Central Action in English Ballads', Modern Philology, vol. XIII (1914), pp. 391-406; see p. 401: "Suspense of identity is used for a variety of purposes. [...] In "Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter" (102, A) the secret that the child is Robin Hood is withheld until the end; but in the Buchan version (102, B) the principal point of interest is exposed in the first stanza, with the infallible instinct of a peddler."
- Stockton, Edwin L. 'Archery in the Ballads', Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries, vol. 5 (1962), pp. 40-44, see p 42.