Men With Bows

kevin-costner-robin-hoodI love men with bows.

No, not pink bows on their heads or bow ties on their necks, although Ducky from NCIS is rather dapper in his.

What I mean is, men with long bows and arrows. It’s something about the precision of using a bow to hit a target and especially a moving target. Then it’s the forearm strength. Imagine how defined the muscles in those arms are after all that practice. Yummo!

***Psstt*** here’s a secret. I think men’s forearms are very, very sexy. πŸ˜€

I think my lover for archers started back with Robin Hood, the one with Errol Flynn. But then I also loved Robin Hood Prince of Theives with Kevin Costner. (I loved it so much I can forgive him for the very bad accent attempt.) Oooo and then there was the one with Russell Crowe. Yeah, loved that one, too!TV_Gallery_Arrow01_53712d787bb741.46013658

So what other archers have I fallen in love with? Uhm…Have you seen the show on the CW titled ARROW? That is one sexy dark hero. OMG…and he’s lightening fast with his shots. Oh and they tend to show him shirtless just enough…but yeah, he uses his bow with great skill. πŸ˜€

Then there were all the lovely archers in the movie KING ARTHUR. While my favorite hero was Clive Owen in that movie, the archery skills by several of the other characters was enough to make me swoon, well all except Guinevere, although she was pretty badass.

Hawkeye_promoOh and let’s not forget Hawkeye in THE AVENGERS. My friend Addison Fox hooked me on Jeremy Renner and I have to confess it was fun seeing him in the movie, but then, he’s got a bow and arrows and great forearms… Sigh. I’m hoping to see more of him in the next Avengers movie.

So, let’s talk men and their weapons. If you could right a medieval or super power hero, what weapon would you give him? A sword? A Hammer? Bow and arrows? How would you arm your hero??

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves image courtesy of Warner Bros.; Arrow image courtesy of DC; Hawkeye image courtesy of

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Suzanne,
    Love Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and am happy to hear his role in the Avengers 2 is much bigger. I like Arrow, too, but got tired of the Deathstroke storyline. I was just rewatching the Spartacus series with Andy Whitfield and I think I’ll arm my medieval hero with a sword.

    • Good morning, Jane!

      So glad Hawkeye gets a bigger role in A2. Of course I already love all the other characters, but getting to see more of Jeremy Renner with that bow and arrow…gonna love it!!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Whitfield was the best Spartacus, wasn’t he? I love those ancient weapons too, Jane. You know they had to be strong and fast. It must’ve been brutal fighting.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Funny topic tonight. Grand #3 was asking about bows and arrows and who and when they were invented. He thought Native Americans. I said Cavemen. I think I’m closer, but I’ll wait til next weekend when he’s here again. I love bows and arrows.

  • Mozette says:

    Men with bows make me quiver… πŸ˜›

    Okay, enough with the puns… πŸ˜›

    I think I’d give my man a Longbow… great weapon with brilliant control over a long distance – and when you can use one, it is something of a great skill to have!

    I did archery when I was in primary school and wowed my Phys. Ed teacher by getting a bullseye on the first try! A lot of the kids thought I cheated – how I’m not sure… but it was fun to have that stamp in my exercise book! πŸ˜€

    • LOL, Mozette! I like that pun. πŸ˜‰

      I did archery in school, too, but in middle school. I didn’t hit the bullseye too often, but I did hit the target enough to surprise the gym teacher. (Also surprised her how far I could hit a softball!)

      Good on you for hitting the bullseye!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hehehehe, Mozette.

      What exactly is a long bow, as opposed to a regular sized one?

      • Mozette says:

        A longbow is a larger bow than a regular bow… Robin Hood was famed to have owned one and was brilliant at using it too!

        Actually, if you scroll up you’ll see Kevin Costner with one in Robin Hood – woot! Wasn’t he hot stuff in that film? Well, I thought so. πŸ˜€

        Whereas in ‘Arrow’ the dude in that uses a regulation bow…. πŸ˜€

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Snork!! Mozette, you crack me up.

  • flchen1 says:

    I like that the bow and arrow require such precision! DS1 took an archery class once and really enjoyed it–it doesn’t look very easy, but so cool!

    • Morning, Fedora!

      That’s what’s cool about it, the precision. It takes focus and aim, along with strength. Then thinking about doing all that in a combat situation… yeah, nerves of steel.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I thought it was hard, Fedora; I was always burning the inside of my arm because I was so klutzy. Unlike Suzanne and Mozette, I was NOT very good at it!

      • LOL – Well, I was very good at it in all my collegiate glory :-). I’m not sure I have the muscle strength to pull back that drawstring now, but back in the day – I was awesome. πŸ™‚

  • Helen says:


    I too love bow and arrows πŸ™‚ and of course Errol Flynn and you do need a lont of strngth in those are I have tried archery and had fun but my arms were sore afterwards but I also love a medievel Knight with a sword those big broadswords πŸ™‚

    Have Fun

    • Morning, Helen!

      Do you know my critique partner, Sandy Blair has an actual antique broadsword? First off the dang thing is 5 feet long. I’m only 5’4″ tall!!! AND it weighs like a ton! Imagine how big a man would have to be to wield that thing with ease. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • Helen says:


        Those men must have been really big back in those days could you imagine the strength they had I couldn’t pick one up either I am 5’6″ LOL

        Have Fun

    • Jo Robertson says:

      You’re so naughty, Helen :-)).

      I like how the Romans used, not only the swords, but their shields as weapons. It’s pretty awesome to watch the precise configurations they make, at least in the movies!

  • Shannon says:

    I love the various pieces of history that I have picked up on archery over the years.

    According to one archeological dig, they could identify the archers because the bones in their bow arm was significantly larger and more dense. The other arm was more developed.

    It’s not as sexy but I am fascinated by the cross bow. It rarely appears on TV, but the more historical novels said it was noted for accuracy and impact, although it was slower.

    • Morning, Shannon!

      How interesting about the archers’ bones. It make perfect sense. The more muscles it requires to support, the denser the bones would have to be.

      And yeah, I cold include a crossbow in my list. The best use of that on TV ever was Tyrion Lannister’s killing of his father. hehehe

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Very interesting, Shannon. It’s amazing what they can tell about a culture by investigating remains like that.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Not a big fan of bows and arrows. Maybe it’s more in line with I’m not a fan of the time period they are most often associated with, the knights of old and all that. I did like Hawkeye in the Avengers. It is one of my favorite movies. Never went in for Robin Hood no matter who played him on the big screen.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I always liked the story behind Robin Hood, Debbie. The whole “stealing from the rich to give to the poor” idea. That’s what appealed to me about the Robin Hood stories.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I love men with bows, but I get what you’re saying Debbie. That whole medieval time period with the great unwashed (seriously unwashed!) doesn’t appeal to me that much. Lots of famine and pestilence. Grins.

      But the bows? Ohhhh, yeah. And Hawkeye. Yum.

    • Hey Debbie!

      You’re not the only one who has trouble with the time period of Robin Hood. I’m personally rather fond of modern plumbing. But the romance of that story and the heroics…swoon worthy!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Great post, Suzanne. Have to say, I haven’t thought much about men and their … weapons, so you blog is much food for thought.

    I think what I like most about the bow and arrow is the way they let fly the arrow and oh-so-swiftly get another arrow anchored and let fly.

    We had to take archery in high school (I have no idea how that fit into the President’s physical fitness decree, but it is NOT easy to anchor the arrow and let fly without getting serious inner elbow burn!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Suz! I’m so with you! Let’s hear it for Men with Bows! YUM!!! Robin Hood, Hawkeye from LOMohicans, Hawkeye from Marvel, The Black Arrow (Robt Lewis Stevenson) and so many, many more. Slurp!!!

    I’m quite fond of forearms myself….

    • Hey Jeanne!

      How would I guess you’d love archers as much as me? And yes, I loved the original Hawkeye in LOTM! Too sexy. Wouldn’t the world be cool if men still walked around with a quiver of arrows and a bow strapped to their bodies…and lots of bare forearms?

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Oh! Forgot to say how I would arm my hero… I love a bow, I really do, but a claymore or a mace would be good. A double headed ax, I like that a lot too. Bwahahahah!! Don’t even get me started on the weapons. I really love them all. The versatility of a bow/sword combo is quite nice. Grins.

  • Susan Sey says:

    Mmmmmm, love the topic today, Suz!

    I do love a bow-and-arrow man, but what I really dig? What really does it for me? It’s the smaller, more innocuous type. The guy who you wouldn’t necessarily notice in a crowd but who can kill you with his pinky or something. I like the ones who haven’t been freakishly gifted with size or strength, but who’ve worked the hell out of what they have been given, pushed themselves beyond endurance & remade themselves into something lethal through sheer will.


    It all goes back to my obsession with smart guys. I love a slice of man candy as much as anybody but I really, really dig the thinkers.

    • Hey Susan!

      Yeah, brains are sexy, very, very sexy! Not sure if I want a man who can kill me with his pinkie though. But someone who steps up when the time is needed, no matter his size, to do what’s right…yeah, I love those guys too. If he happens to have a well defined forearm…that’s just icing, you know?

  • catslady says:

    I going to pick sword over bow and arrow but only because you get to see two hunks going at it lol. I’ve always loved arms too lol.

  • catslady says:

    darn typos – “I’m” no “i”

  • Hi Suz!

    Adding to your list is that guy who carries the crossbow in Walking Dead. He’s got a nice set of forearms! πŸ™‚

    I think I’d arm my hero with a rapier (along with his rapier wit πŸ™‚ ). There’s something about meeting your foe face-to-face and, of course, the whole suggestive “thrust and parry.”

    I took fencing lessons for a while with my daughter so I know the tremondous thigh workout fencing involves. My legs were like rubber by the end of the class. But I have a great imagination when it comes to the thighs of the heroes deep in a duel. πŸ™‚

    • Hey Donna!

      I confess, I do like a nice rapier duel. One of the best parts of the Three Musketeers, in all the incarnations, is the back and forth dueling! And yes, I imagine it does give the thighs a nice workout!

  • Suz, I’m also a huge Robin Hood fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed your post! As to your question, I actually have written a medieval hero,mand I gave him a longbow. And a sword.

    Although my mage books are contemporary, mages fight with edged weapons, which include arrows. There is a longbowman on a rooftop in the book due out in October.

    • Nancy,

      I knew you’d like long bows and swords. I’m thinking Mage stories, historical, modern or futuristic lends itself to lots of interesting weaponry! πŸ˜€

  • Becke says:


    I’m with you on forearms. J-Lo did a song that mentioned the “roly vein”. I love everything about a man’s forearm: the flat of the back of the wrist, the veins, the corded muscles. Be still my heart. As long as they don’t have short beefy arms with no wrists-Eww on that one.
    Also, they’re a breeze when it comes to hitting a vein. Sorry-that’s strictly for the medical ladies.

    I like a bow and arrow, but I also like a rifle, especially Gibbs as a sniper, Quigley was good too.

    • LOL, Becke! I so know what you mean!! After years of starting IV’s on women, some of who were so swollen a vein was buried deep, I got pulled to a med/surg unit and had to start pre-op IV’s on some male patients…sooooooooooo simple.

      Love your sniper choices!!

  • Patricia Cochran says:

    I’m a Robin Hood fan too: Errol Flynn, Costner, even
    the fox in the Disney version! But I think my favorite
    bowman is on The Arrow. My nursing class had to have
    a P.E. credit, so we were assigned to archery classes.
    We did fairly well, none of us were outstanding. LOL.