Remember the charge of the Rohirrim from The Lord of the Rings? Well, something really similar happened back in 1389 in the heartlands of the Serbian medieval state, and prince Lazar was the real-life version of king Theoden.
A large Ottoman army invaded, led by sultan Murat himself and his 2 sons. On the fields of Kosovo (Kosovo means ''Field of blackbirds'' in Serbian), Serbian army met the incoming despoilers. The numbers were about 2 to 1 in favour of the Ottomans - and yet prince Lazar of Serbia, accompanied by his relatives and vassals, was undaunted. For Serbia was known for many things back in the medieval times - rich silver mines, fresco artists, and knights. Those unfortunate souls on the receiving ends of the lances of the Serbian heavy cavalry spread the tales around Europe and the invaders would feel the same fate.
In the Battle of Kosovo, a charge of knights annihilated the lightly armoured Ottoman infantry on the right wing and almost ended the battle in one stroke. They were only stopped by Ottoman wagons with provisions and camp supplies, a literal physical barrier. Then the Ottoman numbers could come to bear and gradually turned the tide of the battle, but not before (according to legend) 12 Serbian knights led by duke Milos Obilic managed to disperse the sultan's bodyguards and kill Murat himself (the only Ottoman sultan in history who was killed on the field of battle). Prince Lazar fell in battle, like Theoden, but further Ottoman invasions of Europe have been delayed for 70 years.
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