Tolkien armies clash in Czech forest

Participants in the Tolkien-themed battle in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic....
Participants in the Tolkien-themed battle in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic. Photos: Reuters
Spears crossed, swords touched and arrows flew in a Czech forest over the weekend as hundreds of fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit reenacted a major battle.

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.

Participants dressed as characters from Tolkien's works.
Participants dressed as characters from Tolkien's works.
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.

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