Enjoy a Middle-earth adventure with Halbarad, a Ranger of the North, as your guide.
The fascinating Anglo-Saxon origins of The Lord of the Rings story are revealed in a visit to a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village on its original site. Walk on the real Middle-earth and shoot a longbow just like the Rangers of Ithilien. Immerse yourself in Middle-earth.
Set out upon a unique journey with costumed character Halbarad, Ranger of the North (a member of the Tolkien Society); “If you bring a Ranger with you, it is well to pay attention to him” (Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring).
First you find out about the remarkable links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour. You start at a Hobbit Hole replica, visit the location used as a set in the Born of Hope fan film and take part in a riddle battle. For most of his life, Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University and this shaped his fictional writing. Tolkien modified the real Anglo-Saxons to suit his own aims and yet retained their essence. Giants, Elves, Orcs and Dragons are all part of his shared mythology for England.
The Anglo-Saxon Village at West Stow was also a set used as a Dunedain Village and the birthplace of Aragorn son of Arathorn in the Born of Hope fan film. The film is set just before The Lord of the Rings epic trilogy and has been watched by millions worldwide on YouTube.
The adventure lasts about 3 hours and includes the middle-earth tour, riddle battle, movie replica handling and a Ranger Archery Experience with longbows (Halbarad is also an archery instructor).
Dates and times:
Arranged to suit.
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HE.
Provided by Arnor Heritage Tours. This is partly an outdoor event so please wear sensible clothing. The event is suitable for adults and/or accompanied young people 10 years and over; all must be paying participants.
Please arrange to meet at the West Stow Visitor Centre or other location 10 minutes before session start time. This event will go ahead in most weather conditions apart from extreme wind and/or rain.
£40 adults, £20 child; booking essential email@example.com ,includes admission to Anglo-Saxon Village and parking. Minimum session fee £75.