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To my mind, the greatest archer ever was Robin Hood (as portrayed by Errol Flynn).  I just spent part of a miserable rainy day watching the splendid old (1938) movie.  I enjoyed it like always (the kid in me).  I had a revelation as the story unfolded.  I noticed in the feast scene,   at the great hall when Robin entered carrying a deer on his shoulders, that he had five arrows in his quiver. 

Well, as you probably observed, there was a lot of verbal bantering between Robin and Sir Guy and Prince John.  Then, all hell broke loose as the palace guards tried to capture Robin.  Well, Robin broke free and started shooting his oppressors.  He shot ten times at the aggressors. Now, where in the world did the extra five arrows come from?

Through some amazing trickery, Robin made his escape and left the castle riding on the rear of a horse that was jockeyed by his buddy.  The soldiers quickly followed.  Now here is an amazing thing: as the horse and two riders were racing away, Robin turned from the back of the horse and shot two more arrows and killed two more soldiers.  That makes twelve shots using just the five arrows.

When I was a kid, everyone knew that a cowboy's six-shooter could shoot 10 or 20 times without reloading; but as I grew older I came to recognize that it was just Hollywood fakery.

Here is my revelation:  As I have been around eight decades, I still have garnered a firm belief that, in reality, Robin's  arrows seldom miss, even if they miraculously keep reappearing in his quiver.  So, what!  I'm here to tell you that Robin is still my genuine, real life hero!

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Errol Flynn was the absolute best Robin Hood ever!  The deer he carried into the hall was a mule deer.  I've heard it was taken locally by Howard Hill.  There are so many tales surrounding that film that I've lost track. 

The endless supply of Hollywood arrows and bullets never cease to amaze.  One of the newest twists is the soldier carrying a mini-gun.  A mini-gun can fire up to 6000 rounds/minute.  Even lowered to 2000 rounds/minute no one could carry enough ammo for a minute or two, not even Arnold.  Nowhere are better films made.  Even when they stretch limits of believability.  Frank

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One of my all time favorites!!!!

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Yes, one of my favorites also, and I watched it just a few weeks ago!  Never considered how many arrows were shot, but that's the magic of Robin Hood, with or without Hollywood!
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I watched it with commentaries.  Such an interesting history.   This was inspired by words in the prologue of Howard Pyle'sRobin.jpg IMG_0064.jpg   

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Fred, poetic license is not limited to the written word. Movies and television routinely bend the limits of believability. Like eating sausage, sometimes it is better to not examine the contents too closely. Watch what you like and enjoy the way it makes you feel. We can all use a little break from reality (especially reality TV) from time to time. 

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You were just unable to perceive the rapidity at which Robin (Robin and I were on a first name basis) recovered his arrows for reuse.  Either that or that part of the movie had been edited out.  I reuse and take many shots with the same arrows.  I am not nearly as quick, fluid, or as stealthy as was Robin.  I am not surprised that Robin was able to repeatedly take multiple shots with the same arrow without you being even able to witness his incredibly fast retrieval.  He was just that cool!


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Hasn't been rainy, but chilly, as the high was 1 above two days ago and 10 yesterday and I've been watching the same hero but a different face! Have been, guess it's called "binging" on my "Adventures of Robin Hood" TV series from the 50's, starring Richard Greene, my second favorite Robin.  I have 4 seasons, not sure if that's all they ran, but #1 is copy write MCMLV and #4 is MCMLVIII. Used to watch after my brother and I  walked home from the one room school house after we got our TV in MCMLVI when I was Viand he was IX. Later he was Robin and I was Little John and we had our camp across the road in the neighbor's woods/pasture! Great memories! 
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arlone, so you are LXX, and still you shoot a XLIV lb. bow?   I am LXXXII and can still handle a XL lb. bow.  [thumb]
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Yes Fred, we share the same birth month, so we should be getting ready to celebrate! I guess you must have taken better care of your body than I?  When I am LXXXII, at my rate I will probably be shooting XXXV pounds, but as long as I am shooting, I shall not complain too much I hope! How is the new bow coming along? Still in the planning stage and collecting materials? Soon to be "working" in your shop on rainy days I'm sure.
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Fred Anderson "Mystic Rover"  "Helldog"  45# @ 28" x 68"
Sunset Hill  "Classic" "B'ar Killer"  53# @ 29" x 67"
And Others!
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