Participants dressed as characters such as elves, dwarves, goblins and orcs from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel 'The Hobbit' re-enact the 'Battle of Five Armies' in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, June 16, 2018. (Reuters/David W Cerny)
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 1,000 people, dressed in costumes from Tolkien's books, took part in the Battle of the Five Armies, according to organizers of the annual event, held in a forest near the Czech town of Doksy, 80 kilometers north of Prague.
A participant in character. (Reuters/David W Cerny)
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.