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Little John: Facts and Information About the Legendary Robin Hood Outlaw

Here are some facts about Little John.

  • Little John is a legendary outlaw, and friend of Robin Hood.
  • He was Robin Hood’s second-in-command, and a member of his Merry Men.
  • In most stories, Little John is very tall and fights with a quarterstaff. The name ‘Little’ is a joke.
  • Sometimes, in some of the Robin hood tales, Little John’s name used to be John Little.
  • Little John appears in some of the earliest versions of the Robin Hood stories. He is mentioned by both Andrew of Wyntoun and Walter Bower, writing in the 15th century.
  • In a 17th century Robin hood ballad Robin Hood and Little John fight with quarterstaves on a bridge, and this is now the most popular version to explain how the two outlaws meet.
  • Some people believe that Little John is buried in St Michael’s Church graveyard in Hathersage, Derbyshire. Others say that he is buried at Thorpe Salvin in Cheshire.
  • Some Irish legends suggest that Little John once visited Dublin in the 1100s after Robin Hood’s death.
  • Clive Mantle played the character of Little John in the Robin of Sherwood TV series.
  • In the Dick King-Smith book Dragon Boy, it is implied that the main character, John Little, will grow up to be Little John.
  • Some historians have suggested that the real Little John was a man called Reynolde Greenleaf from Beverley in Yorkshire.
  • Other historians think he was originally called John Nailer or John Naylor.
  • Local traditions suggest that Little John’s Cottage once stood on Peafield Lane, between Edwinstowe and Mansfield Woodhouse.
  • In the Robin Hood stories Little John is incredibly strong, brave and an excellent archer.
  • In the 1973 Disney animation Robin Hood, Little John is a bear, voiced by Phil Harris.
  • In Sherwood Forest there is a statue of Robin Hood fighting Little John on a bridge.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles are a collection of historical records recounting the history of the Anglo-Saxons. They were mostly written in the 9th century, during the reign of King Alfred the Great. They cover different subjects, including farming and agriculture, the economy, laws of the time, and  wars and… Continue Reading

Stone Age: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Stone Age. The Stone Age began about 3.7 million years ago, and lasted until about 2000 BC. This long period was one in which stone was widely used to make tools or utensils. Archaeologists divide the Stone Age into three periods: Paleolithic, Mesolithic and then Neolithic. About 99 percent… Continue Reading

Star Carr: Facts About the Mesolithic Settlement

Here are some facts about Star Carr. Star Carr is an important Mesolithic archaeological site in the county of Yorkshire, England. It is located in the Vale of Pickering, about 8km south of the seaside resort of Scarborough. The site was discovered in 1947 by John Moore. Moore was an amateur archaeologist who noticed some… Continue Reading

The Shang Dynasty: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Shang Dynasty. The Shang dynasty, also known as the Yin dynasty, ruled in China from about 1600 BC to 1100 BC. It was the first dynasty to be documented centuries later, and for which there is archaeological evidence. Chinese tradition says that the Shang Dynasty was founded by a… Continue Reading

SS Great Britain: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the SS Great Britain. The SS Great Britain was a 19th century passenger ship, and the first steamship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. She is moored as a museum ship in Bristol, in southwest England. She was the first ship to combine screw propulsion with an iron hull. The… Continue Reading

The New Forest: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the New Forest. The New Forest is an area of undeveloped woodland and pasture in southern England. It covers an area of about 560 square km in the counties of Hampshire and Wiltshire. The area became one of England’s 10 National Parks in 2005. It attracts about 15 million visitors… Continue Reading