Legolas-style archery

In the Lord of the Rings movies, Legolas is seen shooting off arrows at ridiculous speed. He’s got nothing on this guy:

Danish archer Lars Andersen read historical accounts of archers shooting arrows at speeds modern archers declared impossible. Andersen looked at the historical data and reverse-engineered a shooting method that allows him to shoot at those “impossible” speeds of yore. He does it by holding multiple arrows at once and then nocking each in turn. Amazing stuff.

This video should help those of us writing medieval-style fantasies to include some Legolas-style archery without being too unrealistic.


About Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She's a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

5 comments on “Legolas-style archery

  1. That’s incredible! I loved it.

  2. “Yeah, but…” 😉 The whole idea is that Legolas and other elves can draw at otherwise impossible speeds one arrow at a time. Fantasy, not reality.

    Still, one of the most educational and illuminating videos I’ve ever seen. Superlative mastery of the weapon!

    Think of what Legolas could’ve done had he used Lars’ technique. The whole Uruk-hai army at Helm’s Deep would’ve been out of action in an hour. 😉 Oh, and Gimli would never have kept up with him. :)) The whole Elf army? The mind boggles, especially since Elves never seem to miss until Cartoon Physics demands they do.

  3. Reblogged this on Tales of the Undying Singer and commented:
    I’ve not even had my morning coffee yet and already I’ve learned something new. 🙂

  4. Totally cool! Although now Legolas needs to brush up on his technique. LOL

  5. This is super cool! I do think a lot of people discount things too quickly. With practice and determination, there are SO many skill-based things possible that are out of the reach of anyone who doesn’t practice and work on the goal.

    Just because 80-90% of the population can’t do it doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible.

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