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With San Diego Comic-Con going on right now, it seems only fitting to take a look at some of the great archers of legend from novels, comics, manga, movies and video games.

Bard the Bowman (The Hobbit)

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Per wikipedia: “Later known as Bard I, he appears in The Hobbit. Bard of Esgaroth was a skilled archer and the heir of Girion, the last king of old Dale. He was described as “grim faced” and while a guardsman of Esgaroth he was often predicting floods and poisoned fish. He rallied the guards to defend the town when the dragon came. Bard was able to slay the dragon Smaug with the Black Arrow after a tip from the old thrush (who had overheard Bilbo Baggins’ description of Smaug) had revealed an unarmoured spot on the dragon’s underside. Bard claimed a twelfth of the treasure amassed by the dragon, which he subsequently shared with the Master of Esgaroth to rebuild the town, but the Master stole the money and ran off into the wild where he died. After its rebuilding, Bard was the first king (Bard I) of restored Dale, followed by his son Bain, grandson Brand, and great-grandson Bard II. In Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, Bard is played by Welsh actor Luke Evans.”


 

Cupid (mythology)

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Per wikipedia: “In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning “desire”) is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus, and is known in Latin also as Amor (“Love”). His Greek counterpart is Eros.”

“Although Eros appears in Classical Greek art as a slender winged youth, during the Hellenistic period, he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy. During this time, his iconography acquired the bow and arrow that represent his source of power: a person, or even a deity, who is shot by Cupid’s arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion.”


 

Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)

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Per wikipedia: “Daryl Dixon is a fictional character from the horror drama television series The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC in the United States and is based on the comic book series of the same name. He was created by writers Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee and Jack LoGiudice and is portrayed by Norman Reedus. The character was introduced in the first season as a Southern expert tracker who constantly lives in the shadow of his brother, Merle. Despite his ill temper and volatility, he is tolerated by the core group of survivors due to his skills in hunting animals and fearless efficiency in killing zombies (dubbed “walkers” in the series).”


 

Green Arrow (DC Comics)

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Per wikipedia: “Green Arrow is a fictional superhero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Morton Weisinger and designed by George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His real name is Oliver Queen, a billionaire businessman and owner of Queen Industries, as well as a well-known celebrity in his locale of Star City. Sometimes shown dressed like Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as glue arrows, diversions (smoke), net, explosive, time bomb, grappling, fire extinguishing, flash, boomerang, tear gas arrows, cryonic arrows and even a kryptonite arrow. At the time of his debut, Green Arrow functioned in many ways as an archery-themed analogue of the very popular Batman character, but writers at DC subsequently developed him into a voice of progressivism very much distinct in character from Batman, with his own supporting cast.”


 

Hawkeye (Marvel Comics)

Per wikipedia: “Hawkeye (Clint Barton; also known as Goliath and Ronin) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, the character first appeared as a villain in Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964) and later joined the Avengers in Avengers #16 (May 1965). He has been a prominent member of the team ever since. He was also ranked at #44 on IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes list.”

“Hawkeye is portrayed by Jeremy Renner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a shared fictional universe that is the setting of films produced by Marvel Studios. Renner first made an uncredited cameo appearance as Hawkeye in Thor (2011) and later reprised the role in The Avengers (2012); he is set to return to the role a third time in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).”


 

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

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Per wikipedia: “Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Her name comes from an edible plant called katniss. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence portrayed Katniss in The Hunger Games films.”

“Katniss and her family come from District 12, a coal-mining district that is the poorest and least populated district in the dystopian fictional autocratic nation of Panem. In the course of the first book, The Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to replace her sister, Primrose “Prim” Everdeen, after she is called forth during Reaping Day, a day in which, annually, one male and one female tribute between the ages of 12 to 18 are called forth from each district to fight to the death in an arena and only one person can come out alive from all 24 people in what are known as the Hunger Games.”


 

Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)

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Per wikipedia: “Legolas was the son of Thranduil, King of the Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood, who appears as “the Elvenking” in The Hobbit. Thranduil ruled over the Silvan Elves or “Wood-elves” of Mirkwood.”

“Although he lived among the Silvan Elves, Legolas was not one himself. His father Thranduil had originally come from Lindon; he and his son were actually Sindar, or ‘Grey Elves’.”

“Legolas was introduced in The Fellowship of the Ring, at the council of Elrond of Rivendell, where he came as a messenger from his father to discuss Gollum’s escape from their guard. Legolas was chosen to be a member of the Fellowship that intended to destroy the One Ring. He accompanied the other members in their travels from Rivendell to Amon Hen, serving as the group’s archer.”


 

Link (Legend of Zelda)

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Per wikipedia: “Link refers to several different incarnations of the same fictional character and the protagonist of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series. Link has been featured in other media from Nintendo, including its merchandising, comic books, and a cartoon series.”

“Link is depicted as a child, teenager, or adult of the Hylian race, originating from the fictional land of Hyrule. Link often travels through Hyrule, defeating creatures, evil forces, and the series’ primary antagonist, Ganon, while attempting to save Princess Zelda and Hyrule. To defeat him, Link usually requires the mystic Master Sword and Light Arrows, or a similar legendary weapon, obtained after many trials and battles, and magical objects or using other items such as musical instruments and weaponry.”


 

Merida (Brave)

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Per wikipedia: “Princess Merida (Scottish Gaelic: Mèrida) is the main character from the 2012 Disney Pixar film Brave. Merida was added to the Disney Princess line-up as the 11th Princess and the first Pixar character in 2013.”

“Princess Merida is the 16-year old daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor, who rule their Scottish kingdom. Queen Elinor’s traditional expectations that Merida take a husband and become a proper royal lady come into conflict with the single-minded and impetuous Merida’s insistence that she control her own destiny. Merida has greatly perfected her skill in archery, and is one of the most skilled archers in the kingdom.”


 

Neytiri (Avatar)

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Per wikipedia: “To explore Pandora’s biosphere, scientists use Na’vi-human hybrids called “avatars”, operated by genetically matched humans; Jake Sully, a paraplegic former marine, replaces his deceased twin brother as an operator of one. Dr. Grace Augustine, head of the Avatar Program, considers Sully an inadequate replacement but accepts his assignment as a bodyguard. While protecting the avatars of Grace and scientist Norm Spellman as they collect biological data, Jake’s avatar is attacked by a thanator and flees into the forest, where he is rescued by Neytiri, a female Na’vi. Witnessing an auspicious sign, she takes him to her clan, whereupon Neytiri’s mother Mo’at, the clan’s spiritual leader, orders her daughter to initiate Jake into their society.”

“Colonel Miles Quaritch, head of RDA’s private security force, promises Jake that the company will restore his legs if he gathers intelligence about the Na’vi and the clan’s gathering place, a giant arboreal called Hometree, on grounds that it stands above the richest deposit of unobtanium in the area. When Grace learns of this, she transfers herself, Jake, and Norm to an outpost. Over three months, Jake grows to sympathize with the natives. After Jake is initiated into the tribe, he and Neytiri choose each other as mates, and soon afterward, Jake reveals his change of allegiance when he attempts to disable a bulldozer that threatens to destroy a sacred Na’vi site. When Quaritch shows a video recording of Jake’s attack on the bulldozer to Administrator Parker Selfridge, and another in which Jake admits that the Na’vi will never abandon Hometree, Selfridge orders Hometree destroyed.”


 

Robin Hood (mythology)

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Per wikipedia: “Robin Hood (spelled Robyn Hode in older sources) is a heroic outlaw in English folklore, and, according to legend, was also a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Although such behaviour was not part of his original character, since the beginning of the 19th century he has become known for “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”, assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his “Merry Men”. Traditionally, Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes. According to some accounts, the legend has its roots in the activities of actual medieval outlaws, or the ballads or tales that circulated about them.”


 

Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon)

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Per wikipedia: “Sailor Mars is a fictional lead character in the Sailor Moon manga series written by Naoko Takeuchi. The alternate identity of Rei Hino (or Raye Hino in the English adaptations), a teenage Japanese schoolgirl and Shinto priestess, she belongs to the Sailor Soldiers, female supernatural fighters who the franchise’s main girl characters transform into to fulfill their duty of protecting the Solar System and the franchise’s eponymous protagonist from evil.”

“Sailor Mars is the second Sailor Soldier to be discovered by Sailor Moon and the secondary leader of the Sailor Soldiers after Sailor Venus. She possesses powers associated with fire, as well as psychic and spiritual ones.”


 

Susan Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)

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Per wikipedia: “Susan Pevensie is a fictional character in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series. Susan is the elder sister and the second eldest Pevensie child. She appears in three of the seven books—as a child in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, and as an adult in The Horse and His Boy. She is also mentioned in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Last Battle. During her reign at the Narnian capital of Cair Paravel, she is known as Queen Susan the Gentle or Queen Susan of the Horn. She was the only Pevensie that survived the train wreck (because she was not on the train or at the station) on Earth which sent the others to Narnia after The Last Battle.”


 

William Tell (mythology)

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Per wikipedia: “William Tell (in the four languages of Switzerland: German: Wilhelm Tell; French: Guillaume Tell; Italian: Guglielmo Tell; Romansh: Guglielm Tell) is a folk hero of Switzerland. His legend is recorded in a late 15th-century Swiss chronicle.”

“It is set in the period of the original foundation of the Old Swiss Confederacy in the early 14th century. According to the legend, Tell—an expert marksman with the crossbow—assassinated Gessler, a tyrannical reeve of Habsburg Austria positioned in Altdorf, Uri.”

“Along with Arnold Winkelried, Tell is a central figure in Swiss patriotism as it was constructed during the Restoration of the Confederacy after the Napoleonic era.”

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Author: Henry Herz

Children's book author

2 thoughts on “Archers of Legend

  1. Wow, Henry, that was a very interesting focus! 🙂 You mentioned some of my favorites, though I’m not familiar with most since I’m not into comics, etc. Of course, Legolas (LOVE anything LOTR) and Katniss (love the “Hunger Games” books, don’t care about the movies) and it was fun seeing Errol Flynn as Robin Hood 🙂 The arwork for Bard the Bowman is amazing! This was fun 😀

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