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A bowstring joins the two ends of the bow stave and launches the arrow.

A good bow string is light weight, strength, resistance to abrasion, and resistance to water. Traditional materials include linen, hemp, other plant fibers, hair, sinew, silk, and rawhide. Almost any fiber may be used in emergency. Natural fibers would be very unusual on a modern recurve bow or compound bow, but are still effective and still used on traditional wooden or composite bows. Sinew and hide strings can be damaged by water. The author of Arab Archery suggests the hide of a young, emaciated camel.[1]

Njál's saga describes the refusal of a wife, Hallgerður, to cut her hair to make an emergency bowstring for her husband, Gunnar Hámundarson, who is then killed.

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  1. Nabih Amin Faris; Robert Potter Elmer (1945), Arab Archery: An Arabic manuscript of about AD 1500, "A book on the excellence of the bow & arrow" and the description thereof (PDF), Princeton University Press, archived from the original (PDF) on 25 February 2009, retrieved 8 April 2024 {{citation}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)