Just How Good is Legolas’ Eyesight? [Here Comes the Science]

Elves have always been known to have the best eyesight, although there are creatures that would put that to question. And then there are the science – physics, to be exact – nerds.

So here we are, faced with a scientific analysis of just how good an elf’s eyesight is. Not surprisingly, Legolas is taken as the example, complete with scenes and descriptions from Tolkien’s masterpiece.

This is a rather dumbed down version, but it does prove a point.

Care to argue?

On another note, here is an older analysis: The Limits of Elven Vision.

Is it just me, or shouldn’t we just leave the amazing capability of elves to see far beyond what is “normal” alone and not let science ruin things?

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Comments

  1. “Is it just me, or shouldn’t we just leave the amazing capability of elves to see far beyond what is “normal” alone and not let science ruin things?” – Not just you. This video clip is not scientific. A “science” is absolutely pointless to discuss in this case considering that the author of that video talks from the POV of a human about the Humans’ abilities and the laws of physics that apply to a HUMAN body/its reactions. Legolas is an Elf. What applies to a human doesn’t apply to an Elf. I guess the next subject for that clipmaker shoud be “How short is a Dwarf?” Meh.

  2. Legolas is an elf, not a human.
    The whole argument is now null and void. Human science doesn’t apply to elves.

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