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Bows

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{{quote|Red Indians were better: there were bows and arrows (I had and have a wholly unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow)|[[On Fairy-stories]]}}
 
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==Notable wielders of bows==
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[[Beleg Cúthalion]] who bore [[Belthronding]]
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[[Bard I|Bard the Bowman]] who slew the [[Dragon]] [[Smaug]] with his [[Black Arrow]]
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[[Legolas of Mirkwood]] a member of the Fellowship
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The Men of [[Númenor]] who's hollow steel bows had a fell reputation
  
 
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Revision as of 13:42, 17 March 2007

Bows are a common weapon among J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium.

Inspirations

It is possible Tolkien's fascination with bows came from Red Indian stories:

"Red Indians were better: there were bows and arrows (I had and have a wholly unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow)"
On Fairy-stories
"But he [Tolkien] liked Red Indian stories and longed to shoot with a bow and arrow."
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

Notable wielders of bows

Beleg Cúthalion who bore Belthronding Bard the Bowman who slew the Dragon Smaug with his Black Arrow Legolas of Mirkwood a member of the Fellowship The Men of Númenor who's hollow steel bows had a fell reputation