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.