WHAT IS RAGNAROK?
- Ragnarok is the largest Dagorhir battle in the world.
- Ragnarok is the largest padded-weapon fighting event anywhere.
- Ragnarok is the biggest Tolkien-inspired live-action event in the world.
- Last year we had more than 1,600 attendees. Over 600 on the
- In recent years, we have been filmed, photographed and interviewed
by newspaper reporters and professional video documentary crews from
as far as Canada and New Zealand.
- Ragnarok is the oldest ďNationalĒ Dagorhir event, having run every year since 1986.
- Ragnarok is a good time: a full week of fighting, feasting, and fun!
Wait till you see the jam-packed schedule of events!
DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY EVENT?
Nope! Just join in the events and scenarios that sound like fun to you!
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO BESIDES FIGHTING?
Shopping at Merchantsí Row
With hundreds of Dagorhir members camping out for the week, there are lots of
opportunities to socialize with new and old friends. Youíll often find yourself
becoming fast friends with the fighter who tried to skewer you with a spear that day.
After the fighting is over, many people love to visit other camps or to host people
in their camp, sharing a beverage and retelling war stories that get more grand and
heroic each time they are retold. There are also a number of merchants at Ragnarok,
so take the time to wander through the merchant areas and at least window shop. There
is a wide variety of items available, from garb and armor, to weapons (real and
padded) and many other useful things for Dagorhir or camping. Another fun idea is to
go swimming in the
pond, sliding down the waterslide, or just sunning by the beach. So
bring your swimsuit, on a hot sweaty day youíll be glad that you did.
In the evening, when the sun goes down, Ragnarok becomes a magical place, lit by the light
of torches, candles and campfires. Dagorhirrim in costume wander from camp to camp,
meeting friends, telling tales and reveling in the freedom of Ragnarok. Often as dusk
falls, the sound of drums and the jingling of gypsy bells are heard as the warriors
and wenches, nobles, gypsies, knights, and knaves of
Dagorhir come together by the bonfire to celebrate another glorious day. On several
nights, there will be light refreshments and snacks for the revelers to enjoy, including
major parties such as Sin Night and Mardi Gras.
HOW WILL CAMPSITES BE AWARDED?
The camp with the most pre-registrations will get first choice of campsites.
Merchants may have up to 4 adults over 18 camp behind their booths. For everyone else,
itís first-come, first-severed...er, SERVED, so either pre-register or get to Rag
XXII early to get the choicest spots.
Donít worry -- thereís lots of room at Spring Valley!
ARE THERE ANY PLACES WE CANíT CAMP?
Yes: the Battlefield, the parking area, and much of the wooded areas are off-limits to camping.
Please check in with the folks at Troll Booth to check on campsite
Some friendly advice: Donít camp too close to stream at the center of valley - if we
get a strong rain, all the water runs to the middle of the valley, and you might find
everything on the floor of your tent WET.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY?
No. Ragnarok XXIV starts Sunday, June 21, 2009. Troll will Open at
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED?
If you pay on-site we will only accept Cash or Money Orders. NO personal Checks.
If you pre-register you may pay by debit, Visa, Discover, Mastercard or American Express
WHAT IS A CAMP MASTER?
ALL campsites must have a designated camp Master or Mistress.
We will have several new improvements that contact with the camp master/mistress
will be needed prior to Rag.
Duties of Camp Master/ Mistress:
1. Keeping camp clean and trash ready for pick up by any means necessary.
2. Last one to leave to go home after camp has been inspected for clean up.
3. Incase of complaints a contact with in the camp.
4. Procuring land for land grab according to pre reg.
I HAVE HEARD THAT PERIOD VESSELS ARE REQUIRED THIS YEAR?
This year we would like all drinks to be in period vessels while traveling from camp to camp.
This will help to cut down on the amount of debris and clean up on the field as well as
broken glass. The exception to this is if you are staying in your own camp you may leave
the beverages in the original containersor. It also does not apply to drinks taken to the battle
field to consume durring battle such as Water or sports drinks. Please remember to pick up your trash
WHAT ARE THE CAMPGROUND RULES?
Donít be an idiot.
Okay, that isnít really written on the campground rules, but it should be.
Respect Spring Valley Campground and donít do stupid things. If you behave in a stupid
manner, you will be asked to leave Ragnarok -- and that would suck. Examples of stupid
things people have done in the past require us to point out the following commonsense
rules (in addition to any other commonsense
rules posted by the campground):
If you get covered in mud during Mongolian Wrestling or any other activity, clean
off by jumping in the swimming area of the lake -- DONíT trash the shower-house and
clog the drains with mud.
DRIVE SLOWLY ON SPRING VALLEY PROPERTY. Dagorhir is renting the entire rear half
of this large campground, but there are ďregular folkĒ camping at the front of
the campground. When you arrive onsite, drive at a snailís pace -- 5 MPH. The
fighting will wait until you park.
No public nudity. If youíre swimming at the lake, donít let your swimsuit or towel
fall, no matter how funny you think your butt looks.
No pools/tubs in camp. Spring Valley gets their water from wells. At Ragnarok XIX,
someone brought a sizable above-ground pool and filled it...draining the wells and
leaving Dagorhir without water for most of a day. (DUH!)
HOW IS PARKING HANDLED?
After vehicles are unloaded, they are to be moved to the dedicated parking area.
We will allow one car per camp to be kept at the camp site.
If you are handicapped (demonstrated by your driverís license), you are entitled to a
FREE in-camp parking permit.
Each Dagorhir Chapter will be given one FREE in-camp parking permit to facilitate
transporting members to their cars or making food/ice trips into the nearby town.
WHATíS IN THE NEARBY TOWN?
Everything! Gasoline, hotels, groceries, camping supplies, beer store, a Laundromat.
Thereís a K-Mart and a gas station across the road from the entrance to Spring Valley
Campground. The town even has a small airport.
WHERE DO I GET ICE, DRINKING WATER, FIREWOOD, AND FOOD
Dagorhir has asked the campground to arrange to have block ice delivered to the Camp
Weíre negotiating to have firewood, hay bales, and hopefully ice delivered directly
to camps (probably for a small fee). Currently, these items can be bought at the
You may not cut down any trees or brush for campfires.
HERALDS & WEAPONS-CHECKERS
Every Dagorhir Chapter is required to provide veteran heralds according to the
following scale, based on the number of participants attending Ragnarok:
0-4 Participants from the Chapter -- no Heralds/Weapons Checkers required
5-20 Participants -- At least One Herald and One Weapons-check staff person each day
Each Additional Increment of 20 participants (21-40, 41-60, etc.) -- At least One
additional Herald and One additional Weapons check person.
Ragnarok is a big event. To ensure its success, we must all pitch in.
WEAPONS, ARMOR, AND COSTUME CHECK
Every morning, the Head Weapons Checkers will review standards and procedures
with any newly arrived weapons check staff, to ensure consistent application and
interpretation of the Dagorhir safety rules.
Every weapon must be checked for safety at Ragnarok before it will be allowed to be used.
Weapons will need to be re-checked according to a schedule decided by the Weapons Checkers.
All missile weapons will be checked every day.
Armor will be checked to ensure it meets Dagorhir safety and construction requirements.
Plan on going through weapons check every day
COSTUMES will be spot-checked for adherence to minimum Dagorhir requirements by Heralds.
If your costume doesnít meet the minimum standards, you will be directed to modify it or
leave the battlefield.
-- SUGGESTION: Mark all your weapons with your name, Unit, and Chapter, to ensure you
always get them back from Weapons Check or if you drop them on the field.
WHAT IF MY WEAPONS DONíT PASS SAFETY CHECK THE FIRST TIME?
If your weapon fails safety check, the Weapons Checkers will tell you why it failed
and give you advice on how to fix it. Bring foam and tape with you to weapons check
for on-the-spot repairs.
If you feel your weapon has been failed unfairly, you may appeal to the Head Weapons Checker
for a final decision.
HOW ARE TEAMS CHOSEN?
New teams and commanders will be chosen each day. Sometimes, new teams will be chosen
several times in a single day as scenarios require.
As fighters arrive on the Battlefield, the Heralds will write down the names of each
Chapter or Unit, and the number of fighters they brought to the battle.
Generally, Heralds will then ask for volunteers to command armies. If we have more
volunteers than are needed, the volunteers will fight in a free-for-all; the last two
alive become commanders.
All the Chapters/Units will form up so the commanders can pick teams. The commander from the
Chapter with fewer fighters picks first and continues to pick until his team has more
members than the other commanderís Chapter. After that, the commanders take
turns; whoeverís team has fewer members picks next, until all Chapters/Units have
been chosen. Fighters who arenít in units (mercenaries), will be used to balance the teams.
For some scenarios, especially during Dagor Dagorath on Saturday, the Heralds may choose
teams based on arbitrary criteria, such as ďall Chapters older than 10 years on this side,Ē
or ďall Chapters East of the Mississippi vs. all West of the Mississippi.Ē
WILL THERE BE PRIZES FOR THE TOURNAMENTS?
Dagorhir always needs help marking weapons and running errands. Olaf is looking
for participants who would like to help out by carrying messages and announcements
to the outlying camps. If youíd like to help out, speak up to the Heralds, Troll, Security
or Weapons Check staff!
WHAT ABOUT TOILETS?
There are flush toilets at the Bath House, and ďportajohnsĒ throughout the camping
and battle areas
If a porta-john runs out of toilet paper, see the Troll Cabin - we carry spare supplies
WHAT COULD GET SOMEONE KICKED OUT OF RAGNAROK?
Endangering anyoneís safety through negligence or deliberate action.
Endangering Dagorhirís use of Spring Valley Campground.
Violations of State or Federal laws.
Violations of the campground rules (especially speeding onsite) as noted above.
Violations of the Dagorhir rules.
ARE CAMP BOUNDRIES REQUIRED?
We are asking that there are visible boundaries (sheet walls, rope walls, etc)
around each campsite. This will prevent people from cutting across your camp uninvited.
I HAVE FRIENDS WHO FIGHT IN SIMILAR NON-DAGORHIR ORGANIZATIONS. CAN THEY COME TO RAGNAROK?
ABSOLUTELY! All groups are welcome at Ragnarok. Make sure your friends understand the Dagorhir
RULES. Some non-Dagorhir groups attend Ragnarok
for the chance to have their whole group fight TOGETHER as one team! When youíre used
to fighting against people regularly, you know exactly how they fight -- and that makes
them a very strong ally when you have the chance to all fight together!
CAN I BRING MY DOG TO RAGNAROK?
Yes, pets are allowed at Spring Valley, but you must clean up after your pet and keep
control of your pet at all times. Pets must remain in the ďDagorhirĒ camping area (not
allowed at the Lake).
I SEE THAT WEAPONS CHECK IS ON THE SCHEDULE EVERY DAY, DO I NEED
TO HAVE MY WEAPONS CHECKED EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT I FIGHT?
Yes and no. All missile weapons must be checked every day,
but hand held weapons and equipment like swords, shields
and spears need to go through weapons check every second day.
So if your sword is checked on Monday, you need to have it
rechecked on Wednesday and Friday. All weapons will be rechecked
on Saturday before the big battles at the end of the world. Of course,
every participant in Dagorhir is expected to check their own
equipment before each battle, as you are responsible for your equipment
regardless of who checked it and when. Checking them
yourself also gives you a chance to catch problems and
fix them before they go to weapons check.
WHAT IS RAGNAROK WEAPONS CHECK LIKE? IS IT DIFFERENT AT
RAGNAROK FROM HOW IT WORKS AT MY LOCAL CHAPTER?
In essence, it is the same as at your local event, just on a bigger scale. Every day
at Ragnarok hundreds and hundreds of weapons are checked by a team of experienced
Dagorhir weapons checkers. The first step is that your weapons and equipment will
be measured for compliance with the rules, for example blade and pommel length, tip
size, flail chain length, weight, etc. The foam will be hand tested for overall safety.
The weapon will then be hit tested: the checkers will hit each other with every weapon
that seems safe, and the foam on shields will be tested for safety too. Then if it
passes, it gets marked with a sticker or symbol for that dayís check. The passed
weapons are then tossed into a pile with other weapons that pass. Weapons that fail
at any stage of this process, measuring, foam check and hit testing, will have all
marking tape and stickers removed and will be tossed into a FAIL pile.
WHAT IF MY FAVORITE WEAPON/SHIELD FAILS?
You should pull your weapon out of the FAIL pile and first look it over to see if you
know why it failed: exposed core, ripped weapon cover, foam loose on the core, foam
breaking down in spots, loose pommel, low weight, etc. You can then ask the weapons
checkers why your weapon failed. While they are extremely busy most mornings, youíll
often be able to talk to the person who failed your weapon and they can tell you exactly
why it failed. Sometimes it is something simple to repair, like a ripped cover or a
spot where the foam is breaking down. In that case, if you have time, you can repair
the weapon quickly and have it rechecked (if weapons check is still open by the time
you are done). The best thing to do is to check it yourself first and do any repairs
BEFORE bringing it to weapons check in the first place. If the weapon cannot
or you donít have the right foam, glue or tools, ask your friends for help or if they
have a weapon to loan.
The important thing to remember is that every weapon must be officially passed by
weapons check before it may be used at Ragnarok. If your weapon fails and cannot
be passed before Weapons Check closes, then you cannot use that weapon or shield
that day, period. Anyone who is found to be using unchecked or failed weapons is
subject to being expelled from the event. Weapons check is a primary safety procedure
for Dagorhir, so violating or evading these rules is a very serious violation of the
rules of Dagorhir and of Ragnarok. So if you cannot get your weapon or shield passed
in time, you will need to make arrangements to borrow a passed weapon from someone.
THIS IS MY FIRST DAGORHIR EVENT OTHER THAN LOCAL PRACTICES, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Take a look at the Ragnarok Schedule for all of the fun events that are scheduled.
A typical day involves getting up and putting on garb, then heading over to weapons
check if needed (see above). When you and your friends are ready, grab your passed
weapons and form up on the battlefield. Before the announced battles start, there
are often fighters willing to spar. As the time to fight approaches, the Heralds
will call the armies to form up on the field. Any special rules for a particular
battle will then be explained, whether it is the Battle of Five Armies (see the
Schedule for details) or a unit battle. Once the rules are explained, the fighters
will again be called on to prepare for battle, and then ďLAY ONĒ will be called out,
and the fighting begins. Like local events, things sometimes start slowly and other
times happen quickly, but with hundreds of fighters the battle will rage on, with
action in every direction and comedy and heroism in large measures. Every Dagorhirrim
loves the glories of fighting on the battlefield at Ragnarok with hundreds of fighters.
There is nothing that compares with seeing a wall of warriors advancing towards your
line, or being in that wall and charging the foe.
If this is your first really big battle, the best advice I can give is to keep your
eyes open and stay close to your friends. Things happen quickly in battle, and where
your ally was a second ago can be a charging barbarian a second later. So look around,
pay attention and be ready to move, fight or die in an instant.
THE RULES SAY THAT I MUST BE SIXTEEN TO FIGHT, BUT I AM FIFTEEN,
CAN I COME TO RAGNAROK? If SO, CAN I FIGHT?
People of all ages attend Ragnarok, from little babies to grandparents. So yes, fifteen
year olds are welcome to attend the event, but they must have a Waiver signed and
notarized by their parent or legal guardian. Persons under the age of eighteen who
do not have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian will not be allowed to attend
Ragnarok, period. While you can attend Ragnarok, you are not allowed to fight in any
Battles or Tournaments at Ragnarok, including the Orc Assassin or Hunt for the Witch
Kingís Ring (Highlander) Tournaments.
While this may seem unfair, Dagorhir fighting is a full contact sport, so this rule
was enacted for safety reasons. But even without fighting in organized events, Ragnarok
can be a lot of fun. There are lots of people to meet and things to learn and do. There
are merchants to purchase neat stuff from and if you see something neat, just ask the
owner about it and Iíll bet that theyíd love to tell you about
it and how it was made.
DO WE HAVE TO CAMP TO ATTEND RAGNAROK? IF WE DONíT CAMP, DO WE STILL HAVE TO PAY? ARE
THERE CABINS WE CAN RENT?
No, there are many nice motels very near the campground, but whether you camp or stay in
a motel, every person who attends the event must pay at Troll upon their arrival. The Fee
is a sliding scale based on when you arrive. See the Registration
page for more details. There are no rental cabins, but the large number of local motels
should take care of those who donít want to camp out.
MY DAD IS DRIVING MY FRIENDS AND I TO RAGNAROK. DOES HE HAVE TO PAY THE SITE FEE AND SIGN
If your father or another person is doing more than dropping you off and picking you up,
then yes he will need to pay the site fee and sign a waiver. Everyone who will be at the
event must pay to help us cover the costs of renting the site for a week, pay for things
like the porta-johns, refreshments at the revels, supplies for weapons check and battles,
and running the event. Signed waivers help protect the participants as well as organizers
and hosts of the event.
MY DAD WANTS TO COME AND WATCH US FOR THE DAY AS A GUEST. CAN HE COME IN WITHOUT GARB AND WATCH?
We relize that some people want to come for a few hours and watch. Even those people who are only coming for a day
MUST check in at troll to receive a guest pass. There is no cost to attend for the day, however they will be
required to relinquish their driver's license
to the person manning the troll booth. They will receive it back when they return their guest pass
to leave the event.
These guests can not be dressed in Renaissance style costumes and can not participate in any
fighting event. All people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
All guests are required to leave by 6pm. Anyone staying beyond that point MUST pay full
Ragnarok Fees. We encourage visitors to arrive on Saturday so they may view the large
battles. Many Visitors come on this day allowing our Harolds to explain the rules as they
I DONíT DRINK. I HEAR STORIES ABOUT DRINKING AT RAGNAROK, IS
THAT GOING TO BE A PROBLEM?
No. There are many Dagorhirrim who donít drink or who arenít old enough to do so. Despite
some of the stories, most people donít get sloppy drunk, and those few who do have friends
to look after them and get them back to their camps. There are plenty of other things to
do at Ragnarok, so donít worry about that. Besides, with the heat at Ragnarok, youíll
have an advantage over those foolish enough to be hung over.
I AM A PARENT AND AM BRINGING MY TEENAGER AND SOME FRIENDS TO THEIR FIRST BIG DAGORHIR
EVENT, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Dagorhir participants range in age from teenagers up into their fifties, so your child
and their friends will find plenty of others in their age range. At Ragnarok, there
will be small children, other teenagers, young adults and even parents who participate.
Many of the participants are teenagers and young adults, so your teenagers will find
lots of friends their own age. They will also have a chance to meet and get to know
wide range of people, from fellow students to professionals who participate in Dagorhir.
The neat part is that on the battlefield and in the camps of Ragnarok, all of those
external barriers are removed. Your teenager will find themselves talking as an equal
to a college student, lawyer, soldier or government official. Theyíll be trading blows
and then war stories with people from all over the country and from all walks of
Many of your other questions can be answered in this FAQ, or on the
Dagorhir Bulletin Board.
See you at Ragnarok XXII !!!