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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.


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.