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Puck, the mischievous imp of English folklore.

Also known as Robin Goodfellow or as a Hobgoblin. This trickster was immortalized in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
With special thanks to Allen W. Wright for the image

Titania, Oberon and Puck by William Blake, c.1785, Copyright© 2004 Allen W. Wright
Oberon, Titania and Puck by William Blake, c.1785


1841 painting by Richard Dadd, Copyright© 2004 Allen W. WrightOne of the most popular characters in English folklore of the last thousand years has been the faerie, goblin, devil or imp known by the name of Puck or Robin Goodfellow. The connection with Robin Hood is still strong.

Puck shows up as a silent and cryptic figure in Clayton Emery's 1988 novel Tales of Robin Hood, now retitled The Beasts of Sherwood. And in Parke Godwin's Sherwood, Robin takes his name from the forest sprite. His mother even calls him Puck-Robin.

The Welsh called him Pwca, which is pronounced the same as his Irish incarnation Phouka, Pooka or Puca. These are far from his only names.

A Midsummer Night's Dream remains one of Shakespeare's most performed plays. Perfect for a forest-like setting, this classic is performed every summer in parks around the world
All text and images Copyright© 2004 Allen W. Wright



Further Puck Web Sites

For further information, history and images visit the very best web site dedicated to Puck

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - A Midsummer Nights Dream featuring Puck

A Midsummer Night's Dream The classic play by William Shakespeare.

Puck of Pook's Hill

Puck's Place

A Midsummer Nights Dream - The Film from Fox

Puck in Gemanic Mythology

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