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Swiss Spa Town Overtaken by Tolkien Fans

The residents of Leukerbad, Switzerland, are knee-deep in Middle-earth festival attendees today. This weekend marks the sixth Middle-earth Festival since 2001, an event that was brought back due to popular demand after its last occurrence in 2005. “Popular demand” may be an understatement; the festival’s 1500 participants snatched up the tickets in a matter of minutes when they went on sale last October.

The four-day extragavanza, which ends Sunday, includes all kinds of activities for its costumed participants. Workshops are being held on things like fiber arts and archery. The standard Renaissance-fair-esque goings-on can be counted on, of course: juggling, tumbling,  jousting, and a parade through Leukerbad. This evening there will be a Hobbit dinner with medieval-style food, and tomorrow the festival will conclude with a firework display.

See the Middle-earth Festival 2012 site (in German) for more details and photos. And raise a glass to our fellow fans who are having a blast in Switzerland this weekend!

Via The Local: Switzerland’s News in English


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  1. This sounds like a ton of fun! Why does this not happen in the US?? I demand a Tolkien parade, fireworks, AND a Hobbit-themed meal! 😀

  2. Oh I am checking out this site later! If anybody wants any translations, please ask!

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