WHEN were the relics made?
There is no reason to doubt that the three objects - the sword, the axe, and the iron bar (whatever it might be) - are genuine. Their ages, however, apparently differ. Dr. Johannes Brondsted, former director of the National Museum of Copenhagen, has suggested that the sword is an East Norwegian type made between the years 850 and 950 - 1025. In a letter to the Museum he added, "This combination: this sword together with this axe is unusual but not at all impossible. This Beardmore Viking has had his own axe and his father's sword!"
Reprinted from A.D. Tushingham's The Beardmore Relics: Hoax or History , ROM 1966, with permission Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum August 31, 2011