Arrow heads were broadheaded and generally made of iron, occasionally antler horn was used. Many of the arrows depicted are barbed with feathered flights. An armour piercing arrow known as a Bodkin were in use at this time whereas the term "clothyard arrows" does not seem to have been used before 1465. The shaft of the arrows were generally made from Ash, Birch or pine with three or four flight fletchings of goose or swan feathers per shaft. The cut in the end of the shaft where the string sits is known as the 'nock'. The nock was either cut directly in the end or a separate piece was inserted which was made of either bone or bronze.
Agob's my name, if you work it out;
I'm a fair creature fashioned for battle.
When I bend, and shoot a deadly shaft from my stomach,
I desire only to send that poison as far away as possible.
When my lord, who devised this torment for me,
releases my limbs, I become longer and, bent upon slaughter,
spit out that deadly poison I swallowed before.
No man's parted easily from the object I describe;
if he's struck by what flies from my stomach,
he pays for its poison with his strengthspeedy atonement for his life.
I'll serve no master when unstrung,
only when I'm cunningly notched.
Now guess my name.
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