The Sunday Source section of the Washington Post(my local paper) decided to do a cover artcile on the SCA primarily, but off to the side under the Banner of: More Sources for A Medieval Fix along with some other groups and Renaissance festivals, is an ad for Dagorhir!
It says verbatim :"Dagorhir Battle Games.
This group was founded in 1977 and inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' books. It combines history with fantasy (i.e., combat with role-playing). Its D.C. realm, Aratari(www.dagorhir.org
), includes specialized groups such as Ikko Taizen, a fighting unit that re-creates the combat and customs of medieval Japan."
Pretty cool eh?
Just thought I'd put it out there,