Europæisk Middelalder Festival 

Experience the fantastic universe of Tolkien

07. juli 2014
Friday the 29th of August the European Medieval Festival exhibition Tolkien’s Universe – an echo of medieval times opens. It is a collection of items from the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The collection is bigger than any other collection in Europe – maybe in the world – and nowhere outside New Zealand where the items are produced can you see that many objects from the film in one place.

This year you can experience the fantastic universe of J. R. R. Tolkien.  The festival exhibits approximately 150 unique copies of items from the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. You can among other things see the beautiful hand forged swords, dwell into the details of the knives, bows, sticks, helmets and jewellery and in the impressive hand painted statues of persons and landscapes.  Every single object is an incredible piece of craftsmanship, from the man sized orc who with the sword in his hands waits for his prey to the small statues of the figures from the films and the One Ring with all its fine inscriptions.

Some of the most beautiful items in the collection are the hand forged swords, among others Sting, Frodo’s sword which is forged by the blacksmith Peter Lyon from Weta Workshop, who made many of the swords used in the films.

A door to medieval times
How are Tolkien and European Medieval Festival related? Tolkien’s Universe – an echo of medieval times brings into focus where and how the medieval times has influenced one of the most important stories of today.

J. R. R. Tolkien was a medieval historian and professor in language. While he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings he got inspired from the myths and legends from the medieval times. He wanted to create a Universe filled with the same unbelievable things as in the legends. His writings have for many been a door to stories of the medieval times – children as well as adults.

He created a universe that has mesmerized readers all over the world for more than half a century. The stories have inspired thousands of people around the world and they are considered some of the most important pieces of Fantasy.

”We want to open the door to the fantastic universe of Tolkien and thereby contribute with another way of communicating the medieval times” tells project coordinator Iben Høgh Grøftehauge. ”It is new to us, but very interesting to communicate the medieval times through Fantasy. We hope that the exhibition will give the guests a unique experience of Tolkien’s universe and that they will discover how he was inspired by the myths and legends of the medieval times.”

Tolkien’s complex worlds have made even serious medieval historians study his authorship in order to say something about the real inspiration – the medieval times.
The exhibition is supplemented by banners with examples of where Tolkien got his inspiration and they will relate Tolkien and his universe with the knowledge of historians of medieval times.

Try hold Frodo’s sword
The collection is exhibited in ”Trykkeriet” at FÆNGSLET (The Prison) from Friday the 29th of August to Sunday the 19th of October.

During the European Medieval Festival there will be held lectures, competitions and quizzes with theme of Tolkien’s Universe – an echo of medieval times. Among other things it will be possible to hold Aragon’s, Frodo’s or Gandalf’s swords.

The program will be regularly updated; read more here


The exhibition is arranged by European Medieval Festival in collaboration with Kolding Designskoles, Nyborg Slot, Vejle Produktions - og Uddannelsescenter, Learnmark and FÆNGSLET. The exhibition is made with financial support from Insero Horsens and CASA.

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