These images were taken at the “Battle For Middle Earth”. While it shares a name, I can assure you this is at least 100x cooler than EA’s middling Lord of the Rings strategy series.
Taking place in the Czech Republic, it was an enormous LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing) event, mixed with more than a little cosplay, which saw participants assume the role of a character from Middle Earth, join up with their faction (I can see Mordor, Easterlings, Rohan and Elves… along with a certain wizard), do a little role-playing then smash each other around for a bit in giant pitched battles.
They really went all out. Not only are some of the costumes great work, but they even built a wee castle so they could have a siege.
The event took place last year, but the images were shared with LARPING.org only last week. You can check out the full gallery at the link below.