If “Lord of the Rings” were real, how far could Legolas actually see?

Henry Reich of MinutePhysics answers a burning question for fans of Lord of the Rings — Is it scientifically possible for the elf Legolas to have seen the height and features of the horsemen who were still five leagues (15 miles) away from him?

Not only is the answer intriguing, but you’ll learn a little physics along the way…

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2 responses to “If “Lord of the Rings” were real, how far could Legolas actually see?”

  1. Mathi Bear says:

    Great video but you missed one numerical factor. Clearly Legolas rolled a critical success. So that he just happened to be looking at the exact time of day when the humidity in the air acted as a prism to … nah it was magic.

  2. Holf Rarris says:

    Interesting, I wish he’d spoken about the eyes of other animals with incredible sight (eagles and whatnot) to give us some sense of comparison.

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