Archery is one of the coolest things ever!
Its use has transitioned over time -primarily as a hunting tool by our ancestors to an essential long range weapon used in battles. Who will forget Genghis Khan and his tribe warriors’ legendary marksmanship? And let us not forget Archery as one of the pioneer events in Olympics.
So, it is not surprising that world literature and entertainment will be swarming with romanticized versions of archers. There is Susan Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia) and the famous comic icons Green Arrow (DC) and Hawkeye (Marvel). Still, there are those who are so awesome to have left a huge imprint to the people’s hearts.
Legolas is the Prince of the Woodland Realm (Mirkwood). But he is more famously known as a master bowman. He has keen eyesight, sensitive hearing, and ability to run nimbly over depths of snow and glide through steep places. His movie portrayal in Lord of the Rings trilogy showed his excellent marksmanship. Legolas would shoot the most ridiculous arrow shots ever seen. Not only would he shoot with deadly accuracy that is typical with fictional characters, but would also pull out, draw, aim, and shoot single or multiple arrows in a very fast but elegant fashion. His impossible marksmanship and his charm make him as one of the most cosplayed character and a featured Lego character in Lego Games.
Katniss Everdeen is the true epitome of girl power. She has risen from a girl who lives in the poverty stricken District 12 to the most loved winner of the Hunger Games then the girl behind the downfall of Panem. What made her survive during the hellish Hunger Games was her excellent marksmanship. She learned these skills from her deceased father and used this for hunting resources when she was still at District 12. To make her archery skills legit, Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) trained with Russian Olympian archer Khatuna Lorig. This dedication to make her character believable earned her many awards and accolades and cemented Katniss Everdeen’s image as the Girl on Fire.
This legendary thief with a golden heart has captured the hearts of readers even before the advent of television. The tales of Robin Hood have come a long way. From a country ballad, it was adapted into plays, animated series, comics and movie adaptations with the Disney version as the most famous of all movie adaptations. Some say that Robin Hood is actually a true historic character. But what endeared him to us is his many exploits with his Merry Men in stealing from rich cruel lords and giving these loots to oppressed poor.