Written stories and dramas specifically about him did not appear until the 15th century, but the stories undoubtedly predated that era in the oral tradition.
Beginning in the 16th century, Robin Hood tales make mention of his stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, and the figure became increasingly gentrified and conservative as the centuries wore on.
He became a knight, though earlier stories identify him as a yeoman, and Maid Marian became the object of his courtly love.
Though he was still an outlaw, he was also a moral figure, as he fought against the usurper of the throne, Prince John, and his crony, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while King Richard the Lionhearted was away fighting the Crusades.
Robin Hood is an English folk hero of the Middle Ages.
According to most legends, he lived and worked out of the Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire with his band of Merry Men.