Nothing’s Forgotten; Remembering the Dead in “Robin of Sherwood”

The innovative mid-’80s TV series Robin of Sherwood incorporated aspects of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon mysticism into the Robin Hood mythos. In this scene Robin, Marion, Little John, Much, Will Scarlet and Friar Tuck – and then, to the surprise of the rest of the group, Nasir the Saracen – commemorate their fallen comrades by firing flaming arrows into a lake.

I performed this rite myself in 1993, to honor the memory of my best friend who had recently died in a tragic motorbike accident, and I recommend it unreservedly. To a large extent, the moment I loosed the arrow was the moment I embarked on this Way of life and death.

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