A Chance to Live an Adventure

Dagorhir Battle Games are many things to many people. Dagorhir combines fast-paced full-contact combat simulation with elements of live action role-playing. Dagorhir combines elements of both history and fantasy. Dagorhir is both a sport and a game. Dagorhir’s participants experience their fantasies on a variety of levels. This wide ranging appeal is the reason for Dagorhir’s nationwide success.


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Dagorhir was founded in 1977 by a bunch of college friends who shared an enthusiasm for Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and medieval history. Regular "battles" were held, and friends were encouraged to come out and play. Over the next couple of years, Dagorhir was featured on a number of local college radio shows. Demonstrations were performed at Maryland's local Renaissance Festival. Dagorhir's membership began to expand in the Maryland/Virginia area. Dagorhir was featured on a variety news show called PM Magazine in 1982, and hundreds of new members joined. This show was featured across the country, and new chapters (Realms) sprouted in various locations including Ohio and Illinois. By 1986, a national event called Ragnarok was held in Ohio. Ragnarok has grown every year, drawing hundreds of avid Dagorhir enthusiasts from all over the United States.

As with many well known role-playing games that started as a fad in the 1970’s, Dagorhir was originally based on Lord of the Rings. The name "Dagorhir" is derived from Tolkien's Sindarin Elven language, and translates as "Battle Lords.".

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  • If you don't have face book you can contact me at Novidagorhirnyc@gmail.com. We meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday in Astoria park by the Hellgate bridge.

  • Yeah, i was thinking more along the lines of a kick i.e. 'forceful blow with the foot' or such.  That's why I'm hesitant to ever say "yeah, kicking is ok" ; I've had the haft of my spear forcefully 'kicked' away from a target more than a handful of tim...

  • Quote from: Ravus Tull on Yesterday at 06:22:35 pmI dunno, Blackhawk. I'd prefer people not kick my spear -- the haft padding will break down faster, and you'll put extra stress on the core. We don't let people grab opponen...

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