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.
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.
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.