Herne the Hunter is a legendary figure of English folklore, who is said to haunt the Windsor Forest. The first written mention of Herne was in Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor:
Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,
Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns;
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner.
You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know
The superstitious idle-headed eld
Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,
This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.
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And here is Herne's appearance on the brilliant BBC show, Robin of Sherwood