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The Crossbow is a ranged weapon consisting of a bow mounted on a wooden stock. The string, along with its missile (referred to as a bolt), is drawn and then held taut by a mechanism featured on the weapon's stock until it is fired by a trigger lever.
Peter Jackson's film trilogyEdit
In the The Two Towers, the Uruk-hai use crossbows at Helm's Deep. Jackson commented that the reasoning behind this non-canonical decision stems from the need for the Uruk-hai to pose a threat to the defending army before coming into melee contact, and the use of bows didn't fit the Uruk's lumbering nature. Jackson also comments that the use of a conventional crossbow would have broken the flow of the battle due to the incredibly long reload time; for this reason, the Uruk-hai make use of a pump-action type of crossbow, which allows it to be fired and re-strung in a matter of seconds. This idea was suggested by illustrator John Howe.
In Battle for Middle Earth and it's sequal The Battle for Middle-Earth II the Uruks are a playable race and the Uruk crossbowman is a deadly fighting unit. In The Two Towers and The Return of the King games they are enemy archers. In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Farin is a Dwarf that wields a crossbow.
- Crossbow at wikipedia