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Interlude on Elven archery

For those of you who appreciate weaponry, the Lord of the Rings movies, Legolas, and/or Orlando Bloom, this article The Boy With the Bow, by an archery enthusiast, is very, very cool. Just another bit of proof that the filmmakers put quite a lot of effort into the most minuscule details.

The bracers do keep his shirt sleeve out of his string, which is important, because the tiniest snag on release can send the arrow dangerously out of control. ...Long hair causes the same problem, and it can be eliminated by braiding the hair tightly against the sides of the head, especially around the ears. Therefore those little elf-braids are not mere decoration; they are functional.

And on the second quiver he gets, from Lorien... (I didn't even notice he got a new quiver. I didn't notice the new bow either until the extended edition, when the gift-giving is actually shown):

The second quiver is carefully-shaped leather, embossed and gilded with a peacock design. Perhaps a comment on the Fellowship's most decorative member?


Thanks much to pegkerr for finding and posting this.


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Mar. 1st, 2003 07:35 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it
You might be interested in my source: theonering_net. Link it to your friends page, and you'll get all sorts of cool links like that.

Mar. 2nd, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you liked it
Ahh, the TORN feed! Of course. I haven't added that to my friends list, but I usually check TORN's page every few days for the latest. Just hadn't seen that one yet. They find such good stuff...
Mar. 2nd, 2003 04:05 am (UTC)
Attention to detail is amamzing. In FotR, I couldn't help but wonder if there were actually 111 candles on Bilbo's birthday cake. Wouldn't be suprised if there was. The film makers did such a great job with all of it.
Mar. 2nd, 2003 08:46 am (UTC)
It's things like that which make me want to learn archery. :)
Mar. 2nd, 2003 06:48 pm (UTC)
*hugs and kisses*
I am soooooo happy! I have done archery on and off for ten years. I saw most of those things while watching the movies and I just want to give you infinite thanks for posting this. *hugs*

I also send a huge kiss on the lips to whoever wrote that. They have made my day! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
Mar. 4th, 2003 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: *hugs and kisses*
Cool! I think it would be awesome to do archery. Curse my busy schedule... :)

But yeah. That article just makes me feel justified in being the obsessive fan that I am. PJ and Orlando and all the trainers and effects crew and costume people and weaponmakers did such a good job.
Mar. 6th, 2003 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: *hugs and kisses*
Don't send kisses, just read my Legolas fanfic...


I'm getting new goodies from the props people and *crosses fingers* maybe eventually one of the stunt guys will answer some of my questions. The page is going to get hosted by an official-type website, eventually, so I've had to strip out some of the silliest humor, but I've new improved a few bits.

Only trouble is you're all killing my server. I had 3 gigs downloaded in 2 days, and had to strip out the pictures and substitute ones from other websites (some of which are COOOL, I might add).

Anyway, check back on it sometime. I'll be updating it for the other movies.

Bloom fans are so scary!

P.S. The all-slash parodies are a riot. Right up there with VSDs. :)

Mar. 6th, 2003 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: *hugs and kisses*
Awesome! I didn't know you had an LJ. Sorry for sending some extra traffic your way (though I'm sure it was nothing compared to what TORN sent you!), but your fame is indeed well deserved. Can't wait to see the analysis of the next two movies.

"Comely elf"...heheh. Love that moment in the DVD extras.

Mar. 18th, 2003 06:36 pm (UTC)
Woot X_X
Many archers have trouble keeping both eyes open, but he seems fine with that. Normally he sights straight down the shaft, unless he's moving and can't do so without risking poking an eye out.

I found that bit amusing...for some reason

Mar. 19th, 2003 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Woot X_X
Yes...maybe it's the repeated use of the word "shaft" that appeals to me... one never knows.
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