The ultimate archery tricks. Danish archer Lars Andersen has proved, Hollywood archery has very little to do with real war archery. Watch the stunning video…
Since the 2012 video was released, Lars has studied and practiced, and he is now able to fire three arrows in 0.6 seconds – a truly stunning feat making him much faster than the legendary fictional archer Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings movies). By testing his skills against moving targets in pretend play larp battles using soft, blunt arrows, Lars has been able to do something many historians are impressed by – testing theory in simulated reality under safe (and fun) conditions.
Lars Andersen quotes:
“I recently read about a girl who did Katniss Everdeen (from Hunger Games) cosplay. She’d had to glue the arrows to the inside of the quiver to make sure they didn’t bounce out when she ran around. If that doesn’t tell us that the back quiver is silly, I don’t know what does.
Many people have accused me of being fake or have theories on how there’s cheating involved. I’ve always found it fascinating how human it is, to want to disbelieve anything that goes against our world view – even when it’s about something as relatively neutral as archery.
At one of our combat archery tournaments last year, I ended up in a one-on-one duel against a friend. Every time he shot an arrow at me, I’d shoot it out of the air with one of my own.”