Another name for puck, son of Oberon, the domestic spirit, and attendant of the English fairy-court. He is full of tricks and fond of practical jokes. He was said, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to haunt the English countryside.
The character and activities of Robin Goodfellow are given fully in the ballad of this name in Percy's Reliques.
- Cobham Brewer, E. (2001). The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Cassell reference.
- Cooper, J.C., ed. (1997). Brewer's Book of Myth and Legend. Oxford: Helicon Publishing Ltd.