One thing leads to another. Robin Hood as we know him owes a great deal to Ivanhoe. Robin Hood from Locksley becomes Robin of Locksley, alias Hood. The Saxon-Norman conflict is made a major theme by Sir Walter Scott. Actually Sir Walter avoids the practice of depicting Robin as an evicted nobleman. Robin’s exploit of splitting a rival arrow in an archery contest appears for the first time in Ivanhoe. So we have our hero, the stuff for movieland and in the end, Ivanhoe and Rowena marry and live a long and happy life together.
As the Bard would say, All’s well that ends well or as Grandma Typical would say,”It is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t,” or was that John Prine?