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Children Enjoy the Riddle of the Runes 9 January 2008

In the first two weeks of launching over 200 children have enjoyed the Riddle of the Runes, Manx National Heritage’s latest family orientated activity at the House of Manannan in Peel.

Riddle of the RunesAmong the children participating were Alex and Hatty Wedgewood of Cheshire, who visited the House of Manannan last Friday specially to participate in the Riddle of the Runes. Alex and Hatty were accompanied by their dad Chris Wedgewood, who said:

“We really enjoy visiting the House of Manannan and each time we visit we learn something new. This time we had a great time solving the riddle, learning about runes and finding out about the stories in the stones. The riddle is linked to one of these amazing Viking stories and it was great to be given some information on the answer to the riddle to take home”.

The Riddle of the Runes can be solved by searching the House of Manannan for a series of symbols or runes taken from the medieval Scandinavian alphabet known as futhark. Once all the clues have been found, the riddle can be solved using a special code book, which enables you to translate the runes into today’s letters. Helen Riekstins, Site Supervisor at the House of Manannan said:

“All children who participate are provided with a fascinating explanation of the answer to the riddle, and also enjoy a free lucky dip filled with some really crafty prizes, which have very kindly been sponsored by the Isle of Man Bank. Though this generous support, each child participating is given something educational on the answer to the Riddle of the Runes and something activity based to enjoy at home.
In addition to solving the Riddle of the Runes, there is also the opportunity to participate in the House of Manannan colouring competition, for which we have already received some really colourful entries”.

The Riddle of the Runes and the House of Manannan colouring competition will run until 31st January 2008. The House of Manannan was recently voted the Isle of Man’s Best Visitor attraction in the Tourism Awards 2007 and is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.

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