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.


Photo Credit Asbjorn of Dajhurgah

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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  • Hail, Antoinette here again. I am searching for realms in the states of Oklahoma, Kansas or Texas. If anyone could let me know about realms and contact information for realms in those states. Thanks so much!

  • Granted.  But you now have special needs, such as living in weather that's about 40 below (Fahrenheit or Celsius, your call), with winds usually at or near gale force.  This might not be convenient for your social life.I wish for 18/00 strength.

  • Quote from: Agis on Yesterday at 06:22:45 amBecause I didn't get what I wanted, I'm going to get mad and decide it is all the fault of the people I went to for help.*gets mad*Now that that's over with, drat.  I like my...

  • Fascinating. That guard stabby might actually be useful. I don't think it would be a punching weapon. If the surface of the stabby is perpendicular to the line between its location and the fist holding the weapon, it should be about as safe as a dagger...