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Re: Miscellaneous Musings A quick look through the Interwebs tells that the Finnish word lohikäärme comes (most likely) from old Swedish word floghdragi. The flogh-part was borrowed and incorrectly linked to word lohi. The more exact translation would have been lentokäärme (flying snake). Link for those who understand Finnish.

Etymology is fun.  ;D

March 28, 2015, 06:45:22 PM
Re: Your favorite book titles The marvelous Calvin and Hobbes were mentioned earlier and one of their collections had an awesome title: Scientific Progress Goes Boink. The strip could just about qualify as fantasy, because no one's ever been sure if Hobbes can really talk and interact with Calvin the way he does, if you note it he's only like that when it's just him and Calvin. Then are the wonderful old school science fiction adventures Calvin has as the intrepid spaceman Spiff.
March 28, 2015, 10:26:30 PM
Re: A thousand years here, a thousand years there
I remember when we followed a sign in New Zealand to a 'historical' bridge and it was from 1910 or something like that.  ;D
We get that here, too, xi. Last year in Scotland we stayed in this castle, and the guests stay in the baronial part of it that was added after the keep (which dates back to sometime in the 14th century). I asked the guide how old the baronial part was and he said 'This is actually quite new.'
'How old?'
'Probably no older than the 18th century.'
So that puts it at about 300 years old, the oldest European building of any historical significance in Australia dates back to the early 1800's. They were the same in Italy, we went to an archaeological site in Rome, which has a 2nd or 3rd century church under a more recent one. The guide said that the basilica it's under is fairly new, only 4 or 500 years old!

March 28, 2015, 11:02:46 PM
Re: Genuine Real Archery I was really impressed by Lars shooting, which is just incredible and will have been achieved through long hours of practise over many years. I have also seen a lot of videos and comments refuting what he has achieved and detracting from it. All by target shooters as far as I can tell. I don't agree with all of Lars Anderson’s assertions or disagree entirely with his critics.

Something to note is target archery is a sport and a discipline you stand still and carry out the same action to loose three arrows at the same target to score points. This is a modern sport adapted from older games.
This has very little to do with combat archery.

I shot for years as a re-enactment archer at static and moving targets and at people in battles and skirmishes. I fletch and have had a go a making longbows with mixed results. I would not claim to be anywhere near as fast or accurate as Lars or any of his detractors or know as much about the modern sport, but I am competent and have taught others how to safely shoot at people. What Lars is looking to rediscover is how the bow was used in war. Well that is very different between cultures and geographicly as well as at different periods in history. I am not sure he will draw accurate conclusions working alone at this from any or every source he can find.
generally foot archers were used to either work the flanks of a skirmish line or as a block to clout a mass of arrows up in the air at approaching enemy formations or opposing archers in most armies that used them.
Horse archers were used to break up formations or pursue a routed enemy.
some of the modern bows Lars uses for some of the video are very low poundage (20lbs at 30 inches at a guess) draw which assist with both accuracy and speed. The arrows he uses are match weight to each other, the bow and his draw length. He is using field piles which are flush to the shaft and easy to retrieve to re-shoot. He would have less luck with a long bodkin that had bent going through armour or a head held on with beeswax which stays whatevers hit or the really nasty barbed heads, designed not to come out.
The bow as a weapon has been developed in pretty much every culture on the planet with lots of differences in construction of both bow and arrows. Combat arrows tend to be big heavy things and lose range due to weight, When clouted up in the air they gain a lot of momentum on the way down.
I can vouch for quivers being totally impractical for combat You keep them in an arrow bag when travelling and tucked through your belt when you need them if you are moving around.

March 29, 2015, 03:07:48 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings Velho means a wizard in Finnish (but please don't think of me as one of those wand brandishing "wizards" from HP but rather like Gandalf or some such... old man  ;) ).

But the Velho-part in my nick actually comes from my real name, sort of at least. The wizard-meaning is just an added bonus. And the Portuguese old man/person fits me, in a way: Sometimes I feel like an old man physically (with numerous pains and aches), although mentally I'm like nine years old or something.  ;D

March 29, 2015, 08:58:21 AM
Re: What are you currently reading?
How many of us are reading or have just finished The Copper Promise? If I count myself I think there's 4 of us at present: me, @Jmacyk, @xiagan and @Lady Ty. Is that some sort of a record for something that isn't a book club read?
It's the Copper Promise movement, and it's sweeping the nation, er, forum.  ;D

Do I eventually get my own army? That would be sweet ...

March 29, 2015, 10:34:21 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings Yeah, it's just like you said, with a little pause between L and H.  :)
Here are samples of how you pronounce it in Portuguese and in Finnish.

But the meanings are sort of similar though. I mean, I believe wizard comes from the word wise, and many times wisdom is considered to come with age. So, an old man is a wise man, or a wizard. Maybe?  :-\

March 29, 2015, 12:04:46 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
How many of us are reading or have just finished The Copper Promise? If I count myself I think there's 4 of us at present: me, @Jmacyk, @xiagan and @Lady Ty. Is that some sort of a record for something that isn't a book club read?
Me too, I finished it about a month ago.

And yes, I think Jen being such a nice member of F-F helps ;D

Aw, you are very kind  ;D

March 29, 2015, 12:19:06 PM
Re: The King's Paws As high as you come before a moderator bans you for misconduct. ;)
March 29, 2015, 12:24:44 PM
Re: The King's Paws
75 Fahrenheit
Americans...  :P

I just assumed armageddon had begun and he was burning up.

March 29, 2015, 06:29:48 PM