Friar Tuck

Real Name: Robert Stafford (Stafford was a real life outlaw who fits the Tuck legend in many ways.)

or maybe

Michael Tuck (some stories say Tuck's first name was Michael - probably originally arising out of confusion with Much, but it does appear in quite a few children's novels. The 1950s TV series said he was Alfred Tuck, but it's not as common as Michael.)

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Friar

Affiliations: Robin Hood and his "Merrie Men" (including, but not limited to Little John, Will Scarlet, Much the Miller's Son, Allan a Dale, "Maid" Marion)

Enemies: Sheriff of Nottingham, Guy of Guisborne, Abbot of St. Mary's - York, Bishop of Hereford, Prince John, Isembart de Baleme, Simon de Belleme.

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Nottingham; Barnsdale, Yorkshire; Loxley; Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire and/or Fountaindale, Nottinghamshire. (The ballad is set around Fountains Abbey/Fountainsdale in Yorkshire, although a later-named place in Nottinghamshire also claims him).

First Appearance: c.1200 -1400 A.D. (same as Robin)

Powers/Abilities: Skilled fighter and woodsman.


Comments: Thanks to Allen Wright for providing information for this page. Check out his Robin Hood website.


Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.

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