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A disgruntled horse & Robin of Sherwood

I just ran a reference search for a man riding bareback on a horse, and got this naked man. The naked man is not particularly the funny part.  That is the horse's expression.  That is what made me cackle.

In unrelated news, I had forgotten the ending of Robin of Sherwood, and my initial reaction on rewatch is that it is just awful.[Spoiler (click to open)]Marion decides life as an outlaw is all too stressful and goes into a nunnery after finding Robin dead, only he isn't really dead and turns up within hours for a dramatic parting scene, in which she reiterates that the whole Dead Robin thing is just too much.

On reflection though, I'm coming around to it.  I was never quite comfortable with Marion transferring her affections so automatically from Robin I to Robin II (I'm fine with the idea of Two Robins: I like the idea of reflecting both origin-stories) .  Maybe Marion never really fell for Robin II, perhaps she just found herself being pushed by the story into a relationship with him?  In which case, perhaps it does work that she should decide to look for something else to do elsewhere, and I suppose 'nun' is really the only other career available to a medieval gentlewoman that isn't 'wife'.



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16th Sep, 2016 07:36 (UTC)
Oh, good grief! Your search engine cannot distinguish between riding bareback and riding barebutt?

The horse's expression says it all.
16th Sep, 2016 08:31 (UTC)
Apparently not!

These arty photos with animals in often become hilarious or disturbing when you look at the animal's expression not the human's. I assume the natural thing for the human viewer to do is to look at the human face so most people don't notice the eye-rolling etc...
16th Sep, 2016 08:15 (UTC)
Well, that is a bare back, but...

Horses can't help looking down their nose at everything, they have an awful lot of nose!
16th Sep, 2016 08:35 (UTC)
They do, but they definitely have expressions on their long noses!

If it was making the curious/interested face in Puddleshark's icon above, the photo would be quite different. But Nudy Gentleman's horse is SO UNIMPRESSED. :-D
16th Sep, 2016 08:37 (UTC)

Your icon is good too. *Two* long noses!
16th Sep, 2016 09:49 (UTC)
I always thought that Marion felt being pushed by the story to love ANY Robin-i-the-hood, whoever he happenned to be, and that was one of the reasons why she was fighting any feelings she might have had for Robert. Maybe it's just my impression, I haven't seen all episodes.
16th Sep, 2016 21:27 (UTC)
I've just rewatched the whole series, and I definitely think that interpretation works.

It's reasonable for Robert-Robin to fall for Marion, even if the story wasn't pushing him that way - but she is in a much more complicated situation. I am coming round more and more to the thinking that I am OK with Marion's choice: it's less upsetting than it seemed at first.
16th Sep, 2016 21:21 (UTC)
I must admit that I always wanted fix-it fic - not that I knew that kind of thing existed outside my head - for the death of Robin I, so I was quite happy for Marion to not have moved on.

It wasn't that I hated it, or was angry they'd killed him, I thought it was a very good handling of Doylist necessity, I just wanted him to have a happy ending as well.
16th Sep, 2016 21:37 (UTC)
I haven't listened to the Knights of the Apocalypse yet so I don't know if Robin 1 gets a mention.

It was a good end for him though: suitably epic, but so so sad.

It's difficult to imagine a suitably happy ending in the fourteenth century, I think. Sherwood is just too small to disappear into in the forest singing sorrowless...
16th Sep, 2016 21:58 (UTC)
Oh, yes, it was definitely a good ending - heartbreaking, but appropriate. It's not really as if Robin Hood ever had a happy ending, at least not in any version I read.

I seem to remember my (pre-teen) solution was for Robin I to have been the son of a knight all along, and to come back and take over as Sheriff - but still, 14th century, it wasn't really the most realistic of solutions.
17th Sep, 2016 09:00 (UTC)
Looks like there's an uncomfortable amount of tension on that bit. Especially if it's a harsher bit, like a curb. You're right, though, that is not a horse who looks pleased with the world.
19th Sep, 2016 19:18 (UTC)
https://goo.gl/images/bPjVQR has another great horse expression.
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