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Susan battle bow

Susan with her bow

A bow is a ranged weapon, used to shoot projectiles over a distance. They are used by most armies in the World of Narnia, along with Swords and Spears. Dwarfs are renowned as expert bowmen.[1]

The most famous set of bow and arrows in Narnia belonged to Susan Pevensie. They were a gift from Father Christmas and were said to "not easily miss" any target.[2]

Aside from battle, bows are also used for hunting.

Notable uses of bows and arrows

  • Queen Lucy wielded a bow during the Battle of Anvard.[3][4]
  • Prince Caspian learned to shoot a bow as part of his royal education.[5]
  • Susan used her bow to frighten off a pair of Telmarine soldiers, which allowed Trumpkin the dwarf to be rescued.
  • Susan also competed in an archery contest against Trumpkin - and won - to prove that she and her siblings were indeed the Golden Age monarchs of Narnia.[6]
    • The two later competed again - if unofficially - when a bear approached the party and Trumpkin fired the arrow that brought it down.[7]
  • During her voyage on the Dawn Treader, Lucy had a bow on hand at least once- when the party disembarked on the Land of the Duffers.[8]
    • She may also have had a bow on hand when the ship entered Dark Island, as Caspian ordered her and two other archers into the fighting-top with bows at the ready.[9]
  • Jill Pole wielded a bow throughout The Last Battle.

Types of bows

Crossbow

Crossbow


A Crossbow is an advanced bow mounted on a wooden shoulder stock.

It shoots bolts rather than arrows.

They were used in the film adaption of Prince Caspian by the Telmarines.

Longbow

Susan bow battle



In some adaptions, longbows are used.

They are like bows, but are larger, which allows them to have extra power when firing arrows.

Shortbow

Shortbow


Shortbows are a bow, which are more or less the same as the longbows, but they are a lot shorter.

This is ideal for a lot of Narnians, as it allows them to be used by beings such as Dwarves and Talking Beasts, since they obviously can't handle a longbow, which are too large for them.

Ballista

Caspian battle

Telmarine army with Ballistas


In the film adaption of Prince Caspian, Telmarines also use ballistas to kill many Narnians from a distance.

They are like crossbows, only much much larger so that they can't be held by any man.

Users

The known users of bow and arrows include, but are not limited to, are: -

References

  1. LB XI
  2. LWW X
  3. HHB XII
  4. HHB XIII
  5. PC V
  6. PC VIII
  7. PC IX
  8. VDT IX
  9. VDT XII

See Also

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