Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” recently made headlines when she said Tauriel would beat Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” in an archery battle.
Tauriel is so gifted, Lily proclaims, that the actress would wager her character to handily beat Jennifer Lawrence’s “Hunger Games” lead in a matchup.
“It’s an unfair battle because Tauriel’s an elf and Katniss is a human,” Lily says. “Elf on human, the elf will always win. Every time. But Katniss is pretty badass.”
But what about the boys? Release Your Wild asked Facebook fans to decide who is the better archery: Legolas or Hawkeye? Fans weighed in and gave their reasons for why each archer is better.
4 Reasons Fans Say Legolas Wins an Archery Shoot-Out:
An elf prince from the forest kingdom of Mirkwood, Legolas Greenleaf vowed to protect Frodo in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” He’s immortal, has quick reflexes, and excellent hearing and eyesight.
1) He’s an Elf
LEGOLAS! DUH! How is that even a valid question? “Hmmmm… Human secret agent or IMMORTAL ELVEN PRINCE WHO’S HAD SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS OF ARCHERY?!” — Patrick Keenan
Legolas is an elf with uncountable years of experience. Good luck, Hawkeye. — Eric Pugh
Legolas, hands down. He’s a elf so he has superb sight and hearing. — Jesse Gonzalez
2) He Can Multi-task
I would love to see Hawkeye shoot a bunch of arrows and hit every target while sliding down the steps of Rohan on a shield. — Daniel Rivera
Legolas cuz he can skate with a shield while shooting multiple arrows. — Aaron Zayya
Legolas. He took down a dinosaur elephant with archers on its back. — Lane Arnold
3) He’s “Real”
Legolas because Hawkeye isn’t real. — Stuart Hanks
4) He’s Hotter than Hawkeye
Hotness Level: Hawkeye: 10 Legolas: 10 and a half — EmmaLee Hulse
Legolas. No question. Plus, he’s hotter. — Helen Rose
4 Reasons Fans Say Hawkeye Takes Legolas Out:
Though he’s never traveled Middle Earth, Clint Barton/Hawkeye has had his share of adventures. After running away to join the circus as a kid, he eventually found a fellowship of his own as part of The Avengers. Hawkeye honed his natural ability and used his above-average reflexes and hand-eye coordination to become a world-class archer and marksman. Hawkeye fans listed some compelling reasons why this Marvel superhero is better than Legolas.
1) He’s More Dependable than Legolas
Hawkeye. Legolas has already proven he will drop the ball when it matters the most.— Joshua Myers
2) He Shoots Without Looking
HAWKEYE. That man doesn’t miss a single thing he aims at! I remember him hitting someone without even looking! — Jasmine Brooks
Hawkeye. He can turn everything into a weapon and can shoot at a target without looking. — Kevin Alvarado
Hawkeye. He can shoot and get a head shot with out looking or trying. — Jer Justice Charity Alice Justice
HAWKEYE! I don’t see Legolas with explosives or hitting an enemy in the eye without looking at it. — Arione Criner
3) He’d Last in the Real World
Legolas is a fantasy elf who’d get smashed in the real world by Hawkeye. — JR Steamer
4) He has Better Equipment
Depending on the bow … Hawkeye had laser pointers but I’m with Hawkeye. — Chauncey Holmes
Hawkeye because his bow has scopes and he has different kinds of arrows and I just like him as a hero. — James Ash Thielmann
Hawkeye. He shoots a Hoyt! — Jason McKinney
Out of 637 total comments on this Release Your Wild post, here’s the count:
297: chose Legolas
203: chose Hawkeye
Not everyone who voted in this casual online poll stuck to the options given. The most common alternatives were (in order of how many times they were mentioned): Katniss Everdeen, superhero Green Arrow/Oliver Queen, Daryl Dixon from “The Walking Dead,” Reo Wilde, U.S. Archery Team member, and a surprising number of people who voted themselves the winner in what would surely be an epic archery competition with Legolas or Hawkeye.
For those who just couldn’t decide, Facebook user Hana Austin summed it up nicely:
You are sooo not making me choose between these two … Hmm … I VOTE FOR LEGOEYE! (Legolas = Hawkeye).
One of the best parts about archery is that reaching superhero status within archery isn’t limited to comic book heroes.
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