One day, Robin Hood went hunting alone in the forest. He told his men that if he fell into any danger, he would blow his horn so that they might know and come to help him. When he was crossing a river by a long bridge he met a man in the middle. But neither of the two would give way to the other. Robin Hood got angry and put an arrow to his bow and got ready to shoot. The man said it was unfair for Robin Hood to shoot a man who had only a staff in his hand. Hearing this Robin Hood laid down his bow and pulled up a small tree and returned to the man.
They agreed to fight on the bridge, and that the one who first fell into the river would be the loser. Robin Hood first struck the stranger a blow, but the man did not fall. Then he received a blow from the man and fell into the river. The man laughed loudly. Robin Hood swam to the bank, took out his horn and blew it. Then his fifty men came out of the wood and they asked Robin what had happened. Robin said the man had made him fall into the water. When his men wanted to kill him, Robin Hood stopped them. He praised the stranger for his strength and courage, and asked him what his name was and if he would be one of his men, living a happy life in the forest. The man said his name was John Little, and he was very happy to join them and to be true to Robin Hood.