Ragnar Danneskjöld, (Atlas Shrugged) another of Dr. Hugh Akston's students; chooses violence as his way to set the world straight. Ragnar and his men sink ships on the high seas, blow up mines and shell industrial facilities with long-range navel guns. A Robin Hood for the rich, he gathers up pirated loot and issues tax-refunds to deserving entrepreneurs.
“The looters are not the only ones who have kept records on you, Mr. Rearden. So have I. I have, in my files, copies of all your income tax returns for the last twelve years, as well as the returns of all my other clients. I divide the money among my clients in proportion to the sums extorted from them.”
“…Ragnar Danneskjöld lay stretched on a couch, reading a volume of the works of Aristotle…”
“He was the man who robbed the rich and gave to the poor. Well, I’m the man who robs the poor and gives to the rich—or, to be exact, the man who robs the thieving poor and gives back to the productive rich.
He showed Orren Boyle who was boss, blasting his factory to kingdom come for trespassing on Hank Reardon's Intellectual Property. Fortunately, Ragnar had an eye to distinguish the productive rich from the productive poor, because, honestly, sometimes I have a hard time keeping it all straight.
“…the idea which I am fighting: the idea that need is a sacred idol requiring human sacrifices—that the need of some men is the knife of a guillotine hanging over others—that all of us must live with our work, our hopes, our plans, our efforts at the mercy of the moment when that knife will descend upon us—and that the extent of our ability is the extent of our danger, so that success will bring our heads down on the block, while failure will give us the right to pull the cord. This is the horror which Robin Hood immortalized as an ideal of righteousness.
“ . . . for these truths hold good for everything that is, and not for some special genus apart from others. And all men use them, because they are true of being qua being. . . . For a principle which every one must have who understands anything that is, is not a hypothesis. . . . Evidently then such a principle is the most certain of all; which principle this is, let us proceed to say. It is, that the same attribute cannot at the same time belong and not belong to the same subject in the same respect…”
Nam quum quæreretur ex eo, quo scelere impulsus mare haberet infestum uno myoparone: eodem, inquite, quo tu orbem terræ.
—Cicero De re publica (~50 BC)
Robin Hood was born at Locksley in Nottingshire, in the reign of Henry II (1160). His real name was Fitzooth, earl of Huntingdon.
Having outrun his fortune, and being outlawed, he lived as a free-booter in Barnsdale (Yorkshire), Sherwood (Nottingshire) and Plomton Park (Cumberland).
His company at one time consisted of a hundred archers. His chief companions were Little John (whose name was Nailor), William Scadlock (or Scarlet), George Green, the pinder (or pound keeper), and Tuck, a friar, and Maid Marian.
He met his death be being bled by his sister, the Prioress of Kirkey's Nunnery in Yorkshire, November 18, 1247, aged 87 years.
The Britanniæ Historia (1740) recorded him as “…the most humane and the price of all robbers.”, adding that he never killed any person except in self-defense; never plundered the poor, but charitably fed them.
Works which feature the famous outlaw:
- Robin Hood —Munday (1597)
- Robin Hood —Chettle (1598)
- Robin Hood (an opera) —Dr. Arne and Bruney (1741)
- Robin Hood (an opera) —O'Keefe (1787)
- Robin Hood —Macnally (1820)
- Robin Hood (cinema) —Douglas Fairbanks (1922)
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (cinema) Errol Flynn (1938)
- Atlas Shrugged—Ayn Rand (1957)
- Robin Hood (Disney anamation) (1973)
- Robin of Sherwood (television) Peter Llewellyn Williams (1984)
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (cinema) Kevin Costner (1991)
- Robin Hood (cinema) Patrick Bergin (1991)
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights (cinema) Mel Brooks (1993)
- Robin Hood (television) Jonas Armstrong (2006)
- Robin Hood (cinema) Russell Crowe (2010)
“There came sodainly twelve men all appareled in short cotes of Kentish Kendal [green]… every one of them … like outlaws of Robyn Hodes men.”