Police in Portland, Oregon arrested a 30-year-old man identifying himself as a “high elf” after he allegedly accosted a woman’s car, believing it to be a villain from a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.
KATU-TV reported on Friday that the unidentified woman called police initially thinking 30-year-old Konrad Bass was dressed as a pirate when he ran toward her vehicle wielding a sword and shield while wearing a helmet and chain-mail armor, then started stabbing the car. The vehicle reportedly bore several puncture marks, but the woman was not injured in the attack.
After being arrested, Bass told authorities he was a “high elf engaged in battle with the evil Morgoth.” The character, initially known as Melkor, appears in the Tolkien book The Silmarillion, where he becomes that universe’s first “Dark Lord” and acts as the mentor to Sauron, the main antagonist in the Lord of the Rings series.
KPTV-TV reported that Bass was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and menacing. He was also taken to a local hospital, where he told officials he took LSD before attacking the car.
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