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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.
"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.