Visitors to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village have been honing their medieval combat skills this week in an effort to save the ‘real’ Middle Earth.
In its annual ‘Lord of the Rings’ themed event, the site has been transformed into J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world with organisers offering children and adults throughout half term the opportunity to learn more about the historical roots of the world famous trilogy.
In its opening weekend visitors to the local heritage site dressed up in ‘Lord of the Rings’ costumes, followed themed tours and learnt Anglo Saxon fighting skills, involving real swords, spears and shields.
Following in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins, intrepid families can also embark on their own quests in search of runes and riddles located within the 125 acre country park, eventually leading them to ‘Mount Doom’ and the possibility of a Hobbit-based prize.
Speaking about the event, Glynnis Baxter, Heritage Officer at West Stow, said: “It’s been a very successful event so far with lots of happy families.”
Begun in 2001 to celebrate the first series of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies, the annual event continues until Sunday 22nd February.
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