Friar Tuck


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Friar Tuck

n
(European Myth & Legend) English legend a jolly friar who joined Robin Hood's band and aided their exploits
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"Take off your dogs, Friar Tuck!" shouted Will Scarlet, who had but then run up, and who now stood laughing heartily at the scene.
"I am but a poor anchorite, a curtall friar," said the other, whistling to his pack, "by name Friar Tuck of Fountain's Dale.
And at this sally the whole bad burst into a shout of laughter, in which Robin and Friar Tuck joined.
Robin Hood has left Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all his merry men to hunt the deer and make ready the feast.
So Robin and his men set out to hunt for her, while Friar Tuck and Much the Miller's son stay to look after the dinner in the poor cook's stead.
"Why, truly," said the Friar demurely, "some do call me the Curtal Friar of Fountain Dale; others again call me in jest the Abbot of Fountain Abbey; others still again call me simple Friar Tuck."
Now listen, for next I will tell how Robin Hood compassed the happiness of two young lovers, aided by the merry Friar Tuck of Fountain Dale.
I mean the meeting of the King with Friar Tuck at the cell of that buxom hermit.
A short abstract of its contents will show its similarity to the meeting of King Richard and Friar Tuck.
The reader has here the original legend from which the incident in the romance is derived; and the identifying the irregular Eremite with the Friar Tuck of Robin Hood's story, was an obvious expedient.
"Well, say, Joe, you can be Friar Tuck or Much the miller's son, and lam me with a quarter-staff; or I'll be the Sheriff of Nottingham and you be Robin Hood a little while and kill me."
Tim Minchin tries to provide comic relief as Friar Tuck but there are few opportunities to play for genuine laughs.