- The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield
The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield is
Child ballad124, about Robin Hood. The oldest manuscript was published in 1632 but is believed to based on works at least a century older. A fragmentary version appears in " The Percy Folio".
A jolly pinder boasts how no one, even a baron, makes a trespass at
Wakefield. Robin, Will Scarlett, and Little Johnhear him. The pinder charges them with leaving the road and going among the corn. They fight with swords.
Robin offers to take him into the band.
The pinder gives them some food and says that when
Michaelmascomes, he will take his fee from his current master and then join them.
* [http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/ch124.htm "The Jolly Pindar of Wakefield"]
* [http://www.lib.rochester.edu/Camelot/teams/jollyint.htm "THE JOLLY PINDER OF WAKEFIELD: INTRODUCTION"]
* [http://www.thehaca.com/essays/Pinder.htm "Having a Brawl – Fencing and Grudge Contests in 16th Century Rural England"]
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