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Jun 282018

Goblins, Orcs and Wargs… Oh My!

Spears crossed, swords touched and arrows flew in a Czech forest over the weekend as hundreds of fans of the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien reenacted the major battle of in The Hobbit.

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Every year in the deep woods of the Czech forest the world of Professor Tolkien comes alive in battle!

The OTAGO Daily Times reports on the Battle of Five Armies reenacted by LARPers this year..

More than 1000 people, dressed in costumes from Tolkien’s books, took part in the Battle of the Five Armies, according to organisers of the annual event, held in a forest near the Czech town of Doksy, 80 kilometres north of Prague.
They fought with wooden weapons and any sharp points were wrapped in plastic to avoid injuries.
Although inspired by well-known stories from Middle-earth, the results of battles at the event are not predetermined, and on several occasions the evil side has actually won.
“We come here to enjoy a great battle, great atmosphere, have a little fight and to meet people one sees only once a year,” said Lucie Zavadilova, attending the battle for the sixth time.

World News offers this video of the event….

 June 28, 2018  Posted by at 7:29 am
  • Ian

    Of all the events inspired by Mr. Tolkien’s works, I wonder what he would think of these battle re-enactments. Seeing as he was a veteran of World War One, I imagine he might be unnerved by people fighting for fun, but perhaps he might be flattered by people enjoying his works so much that they would want to play them out in the real world.

  • An interesting question. I think Tolkien was a quiet fellow who just wanted a place to write his books. All of the adulation and expanding of his world would likely have been bewildering to him.