A to Z H is hidden in the woods



Herne with his steed, hounds and owl, observed by the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Surrey, in Harrison Ainsworth’s Windsor Castle, illustrated by George Cruikshank, c.1843.

 Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,

Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,

Walk round about an oak, with great ragg’d horns;

And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,

And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain

In a most hideous and dreadful manner.

You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know

The superstitious idle-headed eld

Receiv’d, and did deliver to our age,

This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.

— William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

And so you have the first written account of Herne the Hunter causing havoc in the woods. The story of Herne hasn’t been pinned down exactly. Some cultures argue that Hernes is the Norse god Odin who rode across the Northern sky and hanged himself in order to unravel the secret of the runic alphabet. Or Woden, as claimed by the pagans in the Middle ages. Several other lores acquaint him to Woden due to his horns.

But Shakespeare,and those who live near Windsor Forest, attest that Herne the Hunter was indeed a historic individual. Local rumor is that Herne the Hunter is really the ghost of Richard Horne who lived during the reign of King Henry VIII and died a disquieting death after he was found poaching in the woods.

In any case, he’s found in literature, ballet, and opera as a very disturbed ghost. You can also find his character in Robin Hood, he was a forest spirit in issue 26 of the Green Arrow comic series, and in a British movie called “Call of the Hunter”. Many more references to this unsettled creature can be noted on Wikipedia...


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About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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3 Responses to A to Z H is hidden in the woods

  1. I remember Herne the Hunter because of Robin of Sherwood – he made a big impression when I was younger :).
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  2. djinnia says:

    herne the hunter. i’ve read it mentioned that he was leader of the wild hunt when all the fae go out and ride. it was a bad night for mortals when they rode.

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