Orcs and trolls on rampage at festival
IT’S the 80th anniversary of The Hobbit this month – but there wasn’t one of the hairy- footed creatures in sight at the Middle Earth Festival.
There was, however, a terrifying nine- foot tall troll who won the costume competition, and lots of dwarves, elves and scary orcs.
Plus the occasional Gandalf and even Vikings, who don’t actually feature in JRR Tolkien’s work.
The free two- day festival, now in its 17th year, was held last weekend at Sarehole Mill, in Hall Green, where Tolkien grew up and celebrates all things Lord of the Rings and medieval.
The fearsome creatures didn’t let heavy rain dampen their spirits and up to 10,000 people from all over the country and even abroad are expected to attend.
Organiser Bob Hawtin said: “It was great that so many people turned out, despite the weather. They put so much time and effort into the costumes which have been great this year.
“I particularly liked the incredible troll on stilts,” he added.
“I thought I knew Tolkien but we had some strange creatures this year that I hadn’t heard of. “We haven’t had any hobbits but we have more orcs than usual, plus UrukHai, temple guards and one dwarf with full beard and an axe.” As well as food and drink stalls, there was plenty to see and take part in. Particularly popular were the battles, falconry display and the squire training with swords and light armour.
You could also have a go at axe throwing and archery and see how arrows are made at the blacksmiths.
New this year was the Henry Hotspur jousting horse, with riders on a wooden horse pulled along at speed as they have to hit targets.
Haroon and Rayyan Mehmood with two Uruk- Hai at the Middle Earth Festival, Sarehole Mill. Inset below, a viking battle