Things of Middle-earth
Black Arrow of Bard the Bowman
Description:[Bard the Bowman] shot with a great yew bow, till all his arrows but one were spent. ...
'Arrow!' said the bowman. 'Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well!'
The Dragon swooped once more lower than ever, and as he turned and dived down his belly glittered white with sparkling fires of gems in the moon -- but not in one place. The great bow twanged. The black arrow sped straight from the string, straight for the hollow by the left breast where the foreleg was flung wide. In it smote and vanished, barb, shaft and feather, so fierce was its flight. With a shriek ... Smaug ... crashed down from on high in ruin.
The Hobbit, Ch 14, Fire and Water
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 31Jul04