Families brave an adventure through Middle Earth at West Stow

Middle Earth Weekend at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Na Howitt with Daughter Feifei (6), Franio (9) and Gabi (6) Teliczin meets GutRot the Orc. ANL-160214-182132009

Middle Earth Weekend at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Na Howitt with Daughter Feifei (6), Franio (9) and Gabi (6) Teliczin meets GutRot the Orc. ANL-160214-182132009

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Hundreds of families braved an adventure through Middle Earth in a Lord of the Rings themed trail at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.

About 500 visitors flocked to the launch of RingQuest over the weekend in the hunt for 19 runes hidden around the West Suffolk beauty spot.

Middle Earth Weekend at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village.  GutRot the Orc with Jacob Howe (5) ANL-160214-182226009

Middle Earth Weekend at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. GutRot the Orc with Jacob Howe (5) ANL-160214-182226009

The runes are used to create two ‘words of power’ and along the way families encountered rangers and a fearsome orc from Tolkien’s epic tales.

During the weekend there was also archery from a ranger of the north and thrilling sword fights from re-enactment group Ormsgard.

The event, which runs until Sunday, is in its 13th year.

Glynis Baxter, heritage officer at West Stow, could be spotted as a ranger in the visitors centre at the weekend.

Middle Earth Weekend at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village.  SSharon Ridley, Kayleigh Miles (12) and Becca Gormley in an Anglo Saxon Hut. ANL-160214-182436009

Middle Earth Weekend at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. SSharon Ridley, Kayleigh Miles (12) and Becca Gormley in an Anglo Saxon Hut. ANL-160214-182436009

She said: “It’s probably one of the most popular things we do with families because it allows you to learn about the Anglo Saxons and learn how Tolkien fitted in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit stories.

“The kids love solving the clues and it allows families to get out and enjoy a bit of exercise. It was snowing today (Monday) and we had quite a few families.”

Once participants have found the words of power, they can drop their entry slips into ‘Mount Doom’ to be in with the chance of winning a Hobbit Monopoly game.

Visit www.weststow.org

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow''Pictured: 'Defence of the Realm' re-enactment ANL-160214-191226009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow''Pictured: 'Defence of the Realm' re-enactment ANL-160214-191226009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow ANL-160214-191303009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow ANL-160214-191303009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow ANL-160214-191328009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow ANL-160214-191328009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow''Pictured: Rurik Halfeven ANL-160214-191357009

RingQuest open weekend at West Stow''Pictured: Rurik Halfeven ANL-160214-191357009