Because you can kill people before they can get to you in open spaces and you can always back up in closer quarters. The only trouble is other bowmen…and those damn necromancers!
As some of you may recall, due my dear brother’s over-modding of the game I was forced to start my Skyrim game over AFTER I had reached level 32. It was very painful, and it's taken a long while to get where I am - especially when I only get to play once a week at my brother's house (if the game was in my house I'd get no writing done). Anyway, I’m pleased to share that I finally acquired the Gauldur Amulet (again), boosting my magic, health, and stamina by 30 points each. Better yet, I have Lydia back, who I lost due instability (she kept stealing my horse) in my first game. She says amusing things like, “I am sworn to carry your burdens,” when you give her the awesome Glass sword you just found - not that I've actually found a glass sword, yet, but I did get a glass dagger as a reward for killing a bunch of spriggans last weekend :)
Meanwhile, back in the real world, I’m waiting for copy edits, making slow progress on my revisions, and I’m reading The Sign of the Four, the second Sherlock Holmes novel, in which 'the great detective comes fully to life - not only as a melancholic and an inscrutable master of deduction, but also as an incurable drug addict. "Which is it today?" Watson asks Holmes matter-of-factly on the opening page of the novel, "morphine or cocaine?" "It is cocaine," Holmes famously replies. "A seven-per-cent solution. Would you like to try it?"'
I had no idea Holmes was a drug addict! Did you?