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'''Bows''' are a common weapon among [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s legendarium.
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'''Bows''' were a common weapon in [[Arda]]. Though mainly associated with [[Elves]], all peoples, Good and Evil, were known to used them
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==Notable bowmen==
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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]] a member of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]]
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* The [[Númenóreans|Men of Númenor]] who's hollow steel bows had a fell reputation
  
 
==Inspirations==
 
==Inspirations==
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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]]}}
 
{{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]]}}
 
{{quote|But he [Tolkien] liked Red Indian stories and longed to shoot with a bow and arrow.|[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]}}
 
{{quote|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 I|Bard the Bowman]] who slew the [[Dragon]] [[Smaug]] with his [[Black Arrow]]
 
* [[Legolas of Mirkwood]] a member of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]]
 
* The Men of [[Númenor]] who's hollow steel bows had a fell reputation
 
  
 
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[[Category:Weapons]]
 
[[Category:Inspirations]]
 
[[Category:Inspirations]]

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Bows were a common weapon in Arda. Though mainly associated with Elves, all peoples, Good and Evil, were known to used them

Notable bowmen

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