This Guy's Archery Skills Are Borderline Superhuman

After watching this video, I can only assume that archer Lars Andersen is some kind of robot. I can't say I've ever seen someone use a bow with such proficiency, accuracy or skill. In fact, Andersen is so good he's better than Legolas from Lord of the Rings, something I'm sure will have Orlando Bloom in tears. Unconvinced? Just check out the video.

Andersen isn't just showing off, the clip is also educational, debunking various myths about archery. He originally got his start when he took it up for LARPing (live action roleplaying), but so interested was he in the art of the arrow that he began to research various techniques in old manuscripts and historical texts.

Along the way Andersen learned a few tidbits about how archers operated back in the day before bullets were a thing. For one, Andersen believes quivers are impractical, especially for the archer on the move. A bow-wielder is better off keeping his or her ammunition in hand and reusing whatever your opponents happen to sling your way.

Despite what you may think after seeing Andersen in action, there's no magic involved, just talent:

"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."

That doesn't stop him from boasting (and rightfully so) about his abilities:

Lars has studied and practised, 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).

Not even his friends are safe:

"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. After five arrows, he just gave up in good-natured disgust. Sure, it was showing off, but it was also a lot of fun!"

[YouTube, via The Awesomer]


Comments

    That was fun, but he kind of comes off as a knob with his theatrical flourishes. Still very impressive.

      I was going to say it looks like he suffers from some form of autism. Those guys tend to look and behave a lot like this fella.

        You might have something there. Even down to the total focus on a single task.

        Yeah I agree, sometimes I wish I was as focussed on what I needed to be focussed on, lol

        Last edited 25/01/15 9:12 pm

      With skill like that I would say he has earned the right to act knobish.

    "something I’m sure will have Orlando Bloom in tears"

    Orlando has slept with Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler, among others. I'm fairly sure he's okay with it.

    Could this be a rare modern sighting of a dwelf? That elf-life accuracy with dwarf-like elegance.

    Although this guy is obviously talented, I would love to know how much footage got left on the harddrive, as in missed targets, impalements and all shots of his Ukrainian wife Olga, having laser hair removal surgery on her upper lip!

    Oliver queen does it better

    The big question is: Why has it been forgotten today?

    Rough guess: Because everyone doesn't walk around firing arrows at each other any more.

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