Archery is fun to watch in movies and on TV, especially when the show features dragons, crazy plot twists and an army of zombies. “Game of Thrones” fits that description, and is set in a medieval feudal society where warriors use swords and bows in battle.
The series regularly features recurve, longbow and horseback archers, depending on the warriors’ home territories. Most Westerosi archers use longbows like those shot by medieval English archers. The Dothraki, however, resemble the mounted archers who used recurve bows to conquer Asia.
The “Game of Thrones” world simulates Europe and its surroundings. In fact, the show is filmed throughout Europe, including Ireland. Fans who want the full “Game of Thrones” experience can visit Ireland, tour Winterfell, meet direwolves, and learn to shoot a bow. They must protect House Stark, right? (The Starks are one of the show’s main families, and Winterfell is their home.) That tour includes a group or private archery lesson – depending on the package – inside the castle.
“We then were fitted with authentic HBO costumes from the show, and taken to the same archery range from season one,” wrote Dave H on TripAdvisor. “William taught us how to shoot, and offered tips which allowed us to slowly improve our aim. As we were having a private lesson, we had one target each and shot more arrows, which was great. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and memorable day. I would recommend it to any ‘Game of Thrones’ fan!”
Dave H’s experience is just like introductory archery lessons taught at archery shops. An instructor can teach you archery’s basics and provide tips to help you keep improving throughout the lesson.
Many “Game of Thrones” fans take their first archery lesson after the show sparks their interest. Christopher Hunt, editor-at-large at AskMen’s, discusses this trend in a video, “Did Game of Thrones Make Archery Cool Again?” Spoiler alert: The answer is a resounding yes. You should still watch the video because it gives an inside look at archery and how to get started.
If you don’t have five minutes to watch the video, be advised it also explains archery’s many health benefits, such as reduced stress and a fun alternative to the gym. To get started, Hunt recommends signing up for lessons at an archery shop or club.
Meanwhile, as we wait for Khaleesi to ride a dragon and shoot arrows like a horseback archer, we can practice shooting our bows and binge-watch “Game of Thrones.” If you’re not already an archer, it’s time to get started. Archery is cool, it’s fun and it’s easy to learn. Find an archery shop, shoot some arrows and tell us what you think on the Archery 360 Facebook page.