So just for fun, I thought I'd dedicate a blog post to featuring the most popular archers of our time.
Legolas Greenleaf, of Mirkwood, Middle Earth.
Hawkeye, of the Avengers - a.k.a. Agent Barton of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Katniss Everdeen, of District 12, Panem.
Kili, of Erebor, Middle Earth
Merida, first-born of Clan Dunbroch, Scotland
Robin Hood, of Sherwood Forest, Nottingham. (Since there are so many different representations of him I just picked a picture of my favorite one. Yes, the Disney cartoon is my favorite version.)
Susan Pevensie, of Finchley - a.k.a. Queen Susan the Gentle, of Narnia
It's hard to say what has made archers so popular in entertainment... maybe boredom with guns, admiration for the skill required for archery, a hankering for something unique. Who knows? But I, for one, don't mind the trend at all. I like the variety it brings to books and movies. And let's face it: there's just something way too cool about a character with a bow in his or her hand, and a quiver of arrows on his or her back - whether it's a medieval-style weapon like Merida's, an elf-made weapon like Legolas', or a high-tech mechanized weapon like Hawkeye's.
Do you have a favorite archer character?