The archer, i.e. the person with the bow and arrow, has been around for many centuries, millennia even, and they’ve been around in films for about as long as there’ve been movies. But, it seems, most of what we think of when we see someone pull an arrow from a quiver and fire it from a longbow is actually just a myth perpetuated by Hollywood to make things to look good. And, nowadays, archers in the real world just shoot at targets; they aren’t the quick-thinking, quick-reflexed warriors they once had to be. That’s where Danish self-taught archer Lars Andersen comes into the picture, showing off his skills with what he thinks old-timey bowmen must surely have had to do to not die, and to take out as many opponents as possible.
With characters like Hawkeye, Green Arrow, and Legolas on our screens again, the archer has made a huge resurgence, and while pretty much everybody says Legolas does it wrong (and he totally does), Oliver Queen and Clint Barton don’t necessarily do it any better. The below video shows Andersen’s debunking of the improper ways and shows us things like why quivers are actually not practical, why distance isn’t always as important as speed, and why it’s probably best to shoot with both eyes open.
Though fictional characters might not be legitimate archers, I think we can agree that they don’t look nearly as silly as Andersen does pretty much all the time, though he shoots amazingly well with a bow.