Fans play dress up and go to battle in the Czech Republic.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies wasn’t just another impressive fantasy adventure film coming to birth at the hands of Peter Jackson, and of course from J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative mind, but also proved to be a film with one of the most memorable battle sequences ever. The film was a success just like its predecessors from the series, and went on to gross a whopping $956 million at the worldwide box office.
Apart from the moolah, something else that the film raked in was a dedicated legion of diehard fans and recently, an entire brigade of fans converged in the heart of a forest in the Czech Republic to reenact the famous battle that was originally fought at the foot of the Lonely Mountain. Why? Because they could, I guess.
A forest near the town of Doksy, otherwise a vacation spot, was the location for this particular battle between fans dressed in complete battle gear, as well as looking just like the elves, orcs, goblins and wargs in the movie and novel. The battle gear of course consisted of the same weapons and armor depicted in the film, including huge battle axes, spears, shields and swords.
Now, if you thought that the battle was simply a playful one, you got that wrong! Organizers of the event had laid down specific rules that would determine the winning side in this battle, making sure that the Orcs and Wargs had the same opportunities that the Elves, Dwarves and Men of Dale had.
This isn’t the first time the event has been organized – the first of its kind went down as early as the year 2000 – and over the last few years, has been gaining quite a lot of traction among Hobbit fans in the area. While initial numbers were only around 50, this time around, there were an estimated 1000 fans taking part in the event and battling it out. At the peak of the popularity of the Lord of the Rings series, there were even 1100 participants in a single reenactment.
So, if you’re a diehard fan of the series, and are planning to visit the Czech Republic for a holiday, we suggest you do it at a time when this particular event is being organized. Even if you’re not able to participate, you can surely witness it!
In the meantime, here are some photographs and videos to let you in on how it all went down.