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An archer like Legolas


Legolas Greenleaf is the Elven prince of the Woodland Realms in the three volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

As portrayed by Orlando Bloom in Sir Peter Jackson’s movie rendition of LOTR, Legolas became a surprise hit worldwide because of his golden locks, physical grace, archery skills, and superhuman athletic prowess, catapulting Bloom to instant stardom.

But Legolas, of course, is a fantasy — a literary and cinematic creation.

Here is a real-life Legolas, Danish archer Lars Andersen who is single-handedly reviving the lost, forgotten art of war archery by his study — and practice — of old, forgotten techniques in historical archery manuscripts.

For thousands of years, the bow and arrow was used for war, but nowadays what archery we know is the distorted version from TV and movies. Andersen shows Hollywood archery has very little to do with actual war archery, specifically:

  • Carrying arrows in a quiver on your back only works if the archer is a target archer who shoots while standing still, instead of real-life war archers who shoot on the run.
  • Historical archers actually carry their arrows in a quiver from their belt, or in their draw hand.
  • Placing the arrow on the left side of the bow is also bad when the archer is in motion. Instead, placing the arrow on the right side of the bow is quicker.

Watch Larson as he rapid-fire shoots one arrow after another; catches an incoming arrow in his hand, then shoots that arrow back; shoots incoming arrows with his arrows; and splits an incoming arrow in two.

H/t Activist Post


Farewell to Middle-earth


Yesterday, the music video for “The Last Goodbye,” the song for the end credits of the third Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, that will come to U.S. cinemas beginning December 17, premiered exclusively on EW.com.

Composed by the great Howard Shore, “The Last Goodbye” is sung beautifully by Billy Boyd, who so masterfully played Pippin in The Lord of the Rings movies.

Boyd said:

“After seeing the film [The Battle of the Five Armies], I went to my room and I started to put down some ideas, and along with Fran and Philippa, we started to sculpt the song we thought the movie needed. A lot of ideas took us to dead ends or we found the tone wasn’t just right. I think we discovered very quickly this wasn’t just a song to end The Battle of the Five Armies—it was a song to say goodbye to Middle-earth.

The Lord of the Rings films were such a special time for me in many ways—working with Pete, Fran and Philippa, being in New Zealand, being part of Professor Tolkien’s work or even just the incredible friends I made. And being asked to go back to that, to work in that wonderful fantasy world again and to be singing the song that says goodbye to Middle-earth for everyone involved and the fans who took this beautiful journey with us is truly a great, great honor.”

Indeed, since the Tolkien Estate has not given movie rights to any books other than The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, “The Last Goodbye” is also Sir Peter Jackson’s goodbye to us after his superlative 6-movie effort depicting Middle-earth on film. As such, it is fitting that the music video features Boyd singing to images of the entire saga spanning 6 movies.

Tears . . . .


I saw the light fade from the sky 
On the wind I heard a sigh 
As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers 
I will say this last goodbye 

Night is now falling 
So ends this day 
The road is now calling 
And I must away 
Over hill and under tree 
Through lands where never light has shone 
By silver streams that run down to the sea 

Under cloud, beneath the stars 
Over snow one winter’s morn 
I turn at last to paths that lead home 
And though where the road then takes me 
I cannot tell 
We came all this way 
But now comes the day 
To bid you farewell.

Many places I have been 
Many sorrows I have seen 
But I don’t regret 
Nor will I forget 
All who took the road with me. 

Night is now falling 
So ends this day. 
The road is now calling 
And I must away.
Over hill and under tree 
Through lands where never light has shone 
By silver streams that run down to the sea. 

To these memories I will hold 
With your blessing I will go 
To turn at last to paths that lead home.
And though where the road then takes me 
I cannot tell. 
We came all this way 
But now comes the day 
To bid you farewell…. 

I bid you all a very fond farewell. 

H/t TheOneRing


Which “Lord of the Rings” character are you?

Lord of the RingsAre you a Frodo Baggins?

Or Aragorn, aka Strider?

Or the faithful Samwise Gamgee?

Or the super-competent Elf warrior, Legolas Greenleaf?

Or Éowyn, shieldmaiden of Rohan?

Or Treebeard the Ent?

Or Gollum, who once was Smeagol?

Or (I hope not!) the dark lord Sauron?

Take this 13-question quiz to find out! Click here!

P.S. I’m Gandalf. LOL

Your various eccentricities tend to amuse as often as they perplex, but your silly, warm-hearted exterior masks a shrewd and powerful tactician. All of Mordor couldn’t turn you evil, which the rest of the world better be grateful for, because let’s be honest: You’d be awesome at being evil.


Quiz for Hobbit fans: What’s your Middle-earth title?

Middle-earth quiz

Are you a Hobbit fan?

Warner Bros., the studio producing Sir Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkien Hobbit movies, has a fun quick quiz on what your Middle-earth title might be:

  • Riddlemaker?
  • Key Holder?
  • Firestarter?
  • Barrel Rider?
  • The Bowman?
  • Skin Changer?
  • Rebel Rouser?
  • The Wizard?
  • Or something else?

Take Warner Bros. fun little quiz, and discover what your Middle-earth title might be!

To take the quiz, click here!

P.S. I’m told that my Middle-earth™ title is “Fire Starter” — that “You heat things up, throw the first punch, and bring the drama.” LOL


Fun Quiz: Are you a Hobbit, Dwarf, or Elf?

It’s no secret that I’m a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan geek. So is Trail Dust. ;)

Not surprisingly, both of us –separately — have already seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of Sir Peter Jackson’s three movies of Tolkien’s book. And we both give it an enthusiastic “thumbs up”. :D

For Tolkien fans, here’s a fun short quiz to find out which Hobbit character you most resemble. Click here!

hobbit quiz

I’m told I’m a furry-footed Bilbo Baggins!

P.S. If you’re planning to see The Hobbit: AUJ, make sure you pee first ’cause the movie’s nearly 3 hours long. Also, I suggest you NOT go to the movie, expecting the Good vs. Evil Sturm und Drang of Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit takes place 60 years before LOTR, a lighter-hearted time in Middle-earth.

H/t TheOneRing.net, the best Tolkien fan site, ever.