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Medieval Myths

The Medieval Times were characterized for having an unstable way of thinking among the rich and the poor. This led to economical, religious and intellectual instability which then led to people committing to religion or mythology. In this newly created way of thinking, thousands of imaginary characters were created in order to help the poor deal with their problems. For this reason, the vast majority of fictional characters come from the lower classes which were then implemented into the upper classes and can be heard of even today.

Robin Hood is probably the best-known myth of all times. He was said to give money to the poor by stealing from the rich - his enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is what kept the tradition going by giving this myth something bad to accompany the good. Robin Hood has been famous as early as in the year 1,300 - the main concepts of his adventures are what we can hear today.

Besides Robin Hood, tales about knights, chivalry and dragons were very common. These tales were often exaggerated in order to give credibility to the all-mighty knights. Such is the case of dragons, in which, supposedly, a knight had to rescue his beloved in order to be happy thereafter. These tales were very common throughout the Medieval Times, and were even more common in France when gunpowder was introduced and the effectiveness of the knights questioned.

The true origins of most myths are uncertain - but, as mentioned above, we know that the instability reigning the Dark Ages led to a supernatural amount of tales and folklore which have changed us up to this time. Such an example is that of chivalry. Since the Dark Ages, a knight had to do everything for his beloved one, he would do all the work and make her happy - today, that tradition has been transmitted orally throughout the generations and it still reigns superiority among us.

Medieval Dragon Folklore

Dragons were feared during the Medieval Times because many parents would scare their children by creating fictional stories about such dragons. As time passed, and events such as missing people occurred, people more and more believed in dragons until knighthood finally stood into medieval society and what better way to be a hero than to save a country by fighting a dragon?

Much folklore about dragons was believed at the time. When knights began inventing stories about them defeating such dragons, the dragon and knighthood peak was reached.

It is still debated whether the Chinese had any influence on medieval society with their dragons. Of course Chinese trade did happen sometimes and it is probable that images of Chinese dragons were brought which fueled the fire.

For more medieval mythology visit my Medieval Mythology page or the Folklore section.

Corgarff Castle in Scotland Folklore, Scary Story

Corgarff Castle was a regular small fort to defend the defending army against enemy soldiers.

Among many months of waiting and resisting, many things took place. The most famous story in Corgarff Castle is the following:

A few years after William Wallace was born, the Scottish king, Alexander III had married a very beautiful young woman.

During the wedding party, a skeleton was said to have danced among the guests. The king was very curious about this, but could never see the skeleton himself.

Two months later, the king had a reunion in a nearby castle to discuss militar affairs - nevertheless, it grew dark and he decided to ride home alone in the midst of the night.

King Alexander III fell with his horse into a huge abyss which made him die instantly. Since he had no hairs, the War of Independence begun.

Robin Hood Legend

Robin Hood is a very famous legend because it accomplished one very important thing:

It made the poor hear what they wanted to hear.

The steal from the rich and give it to the poor concept was something that everyone living a medieval life wanted.

The origin of Robin Hood's legend is unknown. Nevertheless, most of Robin Hood's legends takes place in the Sherwood Forest in the county of Nottinghamshire.

Interesting Trivia about Robin Hood:

-Robin Hood spelled backwards is Dooh Nibor which means, ironically, the opposite of Robin Hood's concept "Steal from the poor and give to the rich."

Robin Hood Enemies:

Robin Hood, as any other believable legend, had many enemies. The best known was the Sheriff of Nottingham who was always in the lookout for Robin Hood.

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