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"The friar took Robin on his back" Illustration by Louis Rhead to Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band: Their Famous Exploits in Sherwood Forest
"The friar took Robin on his back" Illustration by Louis Rhead to Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band: Their Famous Exploits in Sherwood Forest

Friar Tuck is a companion to Robin Hood in the legends about that character. He is a common character in modern Robin Hood stories, which depict him as a jovial friar and one of Robin's Merry Men. However, Tuck does not appear in the earliest surviving Robin Hood ballads, and has only one major appearance in the ballad tradition, a late one called "Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar", which survives in two major versions. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ... A friar is a member of a religious mendicant order of men. ... The Merry Men are the group of outlaws who follow Robin Hood, according to English folklore. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar is Child ballad number 123, about Robin Hood. ...


Indeed, a friar with Robin's band in the historical period of Richard the Lion-Hearted would have been impossible, because the period predates friars in England; some of the earliest ballads are set in later historical periods, but none before the arrival of friars.[1] A friar is a member of a religious mendicant order of men. ... Richard I (September 8, 1157 – April 6, 1199) was King of England from 1189 to 1199. ...


The figure of Tuck was more common in the May Games festivals of England and Scotland during the 15th through 17th centuries. He appears as a character in the fragment of a Robin Hood play from 1475, sometimes called Robin Hood and the Knight or Robin Hood and the Sheriff, and a play published in 1560 which tells a story similar to that of the Curtal Friar ballad. It has often been argued that the character entered the tradition through these folk plays, and that he may have originally been partnered with Maid Marian. This article is about the Gaelic holiday. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ... Robin Hood and Maid Marian (poster, ca. ...


What follows is a story composited from different versions of the legend. He was a former monk of Fountains Abbey (or in some cases, St Mary's Abbey in York, which is also the scene of some other Robin Hood tales) who was expelled by his order because of his lack of respect for authority. Because of this, and in spite of his taste for good food and wine, he becomes the chaplain of Robin's band. In Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, he is specificially sought out as part of the tale of Alan-a-Dale: Robin has need of a priest who will marry Allan to his sweetheart in defiance of the bishop.[2] Look up Story in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Legend (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Monk (disambiguation). ... Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire, England, is a ruined Cistercian monastery, founded in 1132. ... The Abbey of St Mary in York lies in what is now the gardens of the Yorkshire Museum. ... York shown within England Coordinates: , Sovereign state Constituent country Region Yorkshire and the Humber Ceremonial county North Yorkshire Admin HQ York City Centre Founded 71 City Status 71 Government  - Type Unitary Authority, City  - Governing body City of York Council  - Leadership: Leader & Executive  - Executive: Liberal Democrat  - MPs: Hugh Bayley (L) John... Monasticism (from Greek: monachos—a solitary person) is the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote ones life to spiritual work. ... This article is about authority as a concept. ... A chaplain in the 45th Infantry Division leads a religious service in an unknown location during World War II. US Navy Chaplain Kenneth Medve conducts Catholic Mass onboard the Ronald Reagan (2006) A chaplain is typically a priest, ordained deacon or other member of the clergy serving a group of... Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853-November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. ... For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ... In the stories of Robin Hood, Alan-a-Dale (also spelled Alan-A-Dale, Allen-a-Dale, Allan-a-Dale and Allin-a-Dale) is a young minstrel who was a member of the Merry Men. ...


In many tales, from "Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar" to Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, his first encounter with Robin results in a battle of wits in which first one and then the other gains the upper hand and forces the other to carry him across a river. This ends in the Friar tossing Robin into the river. Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853-November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. ... For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ... A strategy is a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal, most often winning. Strategy is differentiated from tactics or immediate actions with resources at hand by its nature of being extensively premeditated, and often practically rehearsed. ... For other uses, see River (disambiguation). ...


In some tales he is depicted as a physically fit man and a skilled swordsman and archer with a hot-headed temper. However most commonly Tuck is depicted as a fat, bald and jovial monk with a great love of ale. Sometimes the latter depiction of Tuck is the comic relief of the tale. A swordsman is one skilled in the use of swords. ... Scythian bowmen on gold plaque from Kul oba kurgan, in Crimea, fourth century BC. An archer is someone who practices archery. ... This article is about the emotion. ... Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and other mammals, is increased to a point where it is associated with certain health conditions or increased mortality. ... Bald redirects here; for other uses see Bald (disambiguation). ... Look up Humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Monk (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Ale (disambiguation). ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...


Two royal writs in 1417 refer to Robert Stafford, a Sussex chaplain who had assumed the alias of Frere Tuk. This "Friar Tuck" was still at large in 1429. These are the earliest surviving references to a character by that name. Sussex is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... A chaplain in the 45th Infantry Division leads a religious service in an unknown location during World War II. US Navy Chaplain Kenneth Medve conducts Catholic Mass onboard the Ronald Reagan (2006) A chaplain is typically a priest, ordained deacon or other member of the clergy serving a group of...


"Give it to me" Friar Tuck.


References

  1. ^ Allen W. Wright, The Search for the Real Robin Hood
  2. ^ Michael Patrick Hearn, "Afterword", Howard Pyle The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, p 384 ISBN 0-451-52007-6

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