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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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'''Bows''' were a common weapon in [[Arda]]. Though mainly associated with [[Elves]], all peoples, Good and Evil, were known to used them, most notable of them being the [[Numenoreans]], [[Rohirrim]], [[Orcs]] and even [[Hobbits]].
  
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==Overview==
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Bows varied in shape, size and material. While Elven flawless bows were made from wood, [[Numenoreans|Numenorean]] and [[Orcsa|Orcish]] bows were made of steel, forged in armories.
 
==Notable bowmen==
 
==Notable bowmen==
 
* [[Beleg Cúthalion]] who bore [[Belthronding]]
 
* [[Beleg Cúthalion]] who bore [[Belthronding]]

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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, most notable of them being the Numenoreans, Rohirrim, Orcs and even Hobbits.

Overview

Bows varied in shape, size and material. While Elven flawless bows were made from wood, Numenorean and Orcish bows were made of steel, forged in armories.

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