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Bows

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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