Dagorhir battle games played in Edmond

Players take a step back to live-action medieval battle games in Edmond. E.C. Hafer Park turns into a battlefield Saturdays.
by Diana Baldwin Published: February 19, 2013
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E.C. Hafer Park turns into a battlefield Saturdays for a live-action combat game where participants attack each other with foam-padded weaponry and equipment. It's called Dagorhir.

Players 16 and older dress in period clothing to play the battle game, designed to challenge the mind and body and inspire the imagination where Tolkien's Middle Earth meets Dark Middle Earth.

“I think wearing the costume makes the whole experience better,” said Nathanael Nalley, an Oklahoma Christian University student who started playing the game three years ago.

Nalley, 24, admits he has always been a fan of medieval movies and books. So it wasn't hard for his friends to talk him into the local “realm” of a national group called Dagorhir, which describes itself as “a game, a sport, a martial art and a chance to live an adventure.”

The inspiration is the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien.

“It is fun and exciting,” Nalley said. “It gets thrilling.”

Nalley, and most of the other participants, are fans of combat video games, but Nalley said he likes to be outdoors.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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