West Stow Ring Quest attracts record numbers
This year’s Ring Quest at West Stow during February half term was won by the Pointer family from Thurston, who took home a Hobbit version of Monopoly.
The annual event attracted record numbers of new families.
Nearly 200 families took part and they came from all over East Anglia, from the south east and even one from The Netherlands.
So it was a surprise that the winners of the prize were a family who have taken part in the West Stow event every year since it started.
The Pointer family, from Thurston, have completed Ring Quest every February for 14 years but have not won it until now.
Their prize was a Hobbit version of the timeless board game Monopoly’ with Hobbit characters instead of roads for title deeds and Middle earth places replacing the stations.
The annual event, has continued the tradition of families exploring West Stow’s authentic and stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village, and surrounding Country Park, to solve riddles, collect clues, and ultimately save Middle Earth.
JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon language at Oxford University when he wrote his tales of Middle Earth with scholars and fans noting the influence of the period throughout his literary masterpieces.
Alan Baxter, Tolkienologist and West Stow’s Lord of the Rings Ranger, Halbarad, was on hand throughout the event to talk about the links between the books, the films and the Anglo-Saxons.
He said: “JRR Tolkien’s work was heavily influenced by his love of Anglo-Saxon language and mythology, his ‘Middle Earth’ was a term first used by the Anglo-Saxons 1500 years ago.
“That means that West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is the perfect place for our Middle Earth adventure of Ring Quest.”
Frances Pointer said: “We are so pleased to have won Ring Quest this year as we really love it.
“The whole family can take part together - adults, teenagers and children.
“We started doing Ring Quest even before our youngest was born! We hope it continues even though the films have finished.”
Mrs Pointer added: “I work as a teaching assistant and we are reading The Hobbit at school just now, so new generations are being introduced to the world of Lord Of The Rings and Middle Earth all the time.”