Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow | Legend Stories for Kids

Illustrated By: Stella Wei





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In all the land, none was better with a bow and arrow than Robin Hood.  He lived with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest.  That was the King's woods where King John kept his royal deer.

A few years before, King Richard had ruled the land.  This King let the poor come into Sherwood Forest to hunt the deer to feed their families. But the time had come for King Richard and his army to leave England.  And then King John stepped up to the throne.  

"Bad King John," as this king would become known by, did not want anyone to come into Sherwood Forest.  Why should he - when he wanted to be able to hunt the royal deer whenever he wanted?  From then on, he made it known throughout the land that anyone seen hunting in Sherwood Forest would be grabbed at once and thrown into prison.

Robin Hood did not like that one bit.  That is why he had moved into Sherwood Forest.  He dressed in green from cap to boots so the trees of Sherwood Forest could hide him as he hunted the King’s deer. Other brave men came into Sherwood Forest, too.  One by one they joined Robin Hood and became his Merry Men.

Robin Hood and his Merry Men would hide when rich nobles and dukes passed through the woods.  Then all at once, they would jump out and rob those rich men. Then he would give the money to the poor.



But the rich men who were robbed were not happy about it!  They told Bad King John what was going on in Sherwood Forest. "Something must be done!" they roared.  The King put the Sheriff of Nottingham in charge of Sherwood Forest. It would be his job to catch Robin Hood - once and for all!



But the man in green was too quick.  His Merry Men would warn him each time they saw the Sheriff of Nottingham or one of his guards in the woods, and Robin Hood would escape or hide.

So the Sheriff came up with a new plan.  “I will call for a great contest,” he said, “to find out who is the best in the land with a bow and arrow. The winner will go home with a Golden Arrow.”

The Sheriff said in a low voice, “If I know Robin Hood, he will not be able to stay away from such a contest. And when he comes, we will catch him!”

“Robin Hood, don’t go to the contest!” said Little John.  Of all the Merry Men, Robin Hood trusted Little John the most. “Can't you see this is a trap? When they see you, they will grab you.”

Robin Hood said nothing.  In his heart, he wanted to go.


On the day of the contest, ten fine bowmen lined up.


All of whom the Sheriff knew except one stranger with an eye patch.  The round target was so far away it was almost impossible to see its black and red circles.  One by one, each young man shot his best arrow. Most of them missed.  Some landed on the target, but none came close to the center.

The Sheriff turned to one of his guards.  “Do you see him? Is he here?”

“No, Sire.  We know who all the archers are, except the one with the eyepatch - but Robin Hood doesn't have an eyepatch.”

“That wimp!” said the Sheriff.  “He fears me!  He didn't have the guts to come.”

Two bowmen were left.  The first was William, the Sheriff's man.  With care, William, took aim.  His arrow landed at the very center of the target - a bull’s eye!  The crowd cheered for William.

It was time for the last bowman with the eyepatch.  He too, took careful aim.



His arrow also sailed through the air.  It landed right through William's bull’s eye arrow, cutting it in half!  In a flash, the bowman let go of two more arrows. Each one flew to where the Sheriff sat, pinning him to his seat, one arrow on each side!  

The Sheriff did not know what was going on.  Then the man in green pulled off his disguise and threw it on the ground.  

“Get him, you fools!” shouted the Sheriff.  “It's Robin Hood!”



But our hero jumped over the wall to a horse waiting for him.  He was gone - he had escaped!

This tale is one of the many adventures of Robin Hood, the most loved hero in all of England, and one of the most loved heroes in all the world.



Posted in Bedtime Stories, England, Europe, STORIES FOR KIDS, World Tales.


  1. It’s trying to tell me that even if bad things happen, you should be kind and helpful and show acts of kindness. Even when bad things happen to be kind like him.

  2. 1. No, because that’s going against a royal decree – it’s a crime. If people freely committed crimes for their own needs, we’d be living in anarchy. Robin Hood is a crook and needs to go to jail.
    2. No, because it is an action which tests his ego and has no reward but holds extremely high risks. In finance, he’s considered to be Risk-Loving in that he pursues increased risks despite gaining no added returns. The only reason he went was to pat his own ego.
    3. The story is trying to show that messing with the law/law enforcers and consistently getting away with it is only something that exists in fairytales. If you try that in real life, it is only a matter of time until you end up behind bars.

  3. 1. Because it seems a little risky and not very smart.

    2. It’s trying to show me that even if something is risky, it could still help many people.

  4. Q1. Yes, because if he didn’t everyone would starve and die.

    Q2. Yes, because he didn’t want people to think he was a fole

    Q3. That kindness matters and don’t be bad, be good

  5. A 1: Yes, Robin Hood did do the right thing so that way the poor could eat, and NOT just the rich.

    A 2: If I were him I would Not go, because I would risk getting caught.

  6. A 1: Yes, Robin Hood did do the right thing so that way the poor could eat, and NOT just the rich.

    A 2: If I were him I would Not go, because I would risk getting caught.

  7. Robin Hood did the right thing because bad King John did not allow the poor to come in or if they did they will be forced to prison.

    I would go to the contest because i will win the gold bow-arrow and i will collect it.

  8. 1. He did because if he didn’t, then the other animals wouldn’t eat.
    2. I wouldn’t go to the contest so I wouldn’t risk getting caught.


  9. 1. He did not do the right thing because king richard’s brother said he cannot do it any more.
    2. If i was robin hood i would not go because i’d know they were after me.

  10. I enojoyed this story, I used the narrator bc I’m young and I’m too lazy to read it OnO, anyways, thank you for making this story ^-^

  11. Question 1: it was a very admirable thing Robin Hood and his men did. But, it was against the rules and against the governing authorities. Hood was not a very good example. If a child revered him then that child would think stealing was okay. Once again, Hood and his men did an admirable thing but it was simply against the rules. I’m sure there were other places the people could find food…legally.

  12. 1.yes he did the right thing because he wanted to give to the poor

    2. yes I would go because I would not fear about doing something I believe is right.

  13. Yes, Robin Hood did the right thing. People were hungry so it was right to feed them.
    Yes, I would have gone to the contest to show the people that you should not live in fear.

  14. 1. Yes he did the right thing because he wanted to give to the poor.
    2. Yes i would go because i would not fear about doing something i believe is right.

  15. Robin hood did the right thing because when the king left with his army he put someone in charge and the person in charge while the king was gone was a cruel person.

  16. yes because deer was the only animal in the forest that was food. He had a plan and trusted himself to shoot the bow and arrow.

  17. These stories are great, I read one to my girlfriend every night to help her fall asleep. Thank you for such good short stories keep it up please!

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