Is this Robin Hood’s silver arrow? Outlaw’s ’12th century arrowhead found in the stream of Sherwood Forest’
Is this Robin Hood’s silver arrow? Tattooist ‘finds 12th century arrowhead in stream in Sherwood Forest that he believes could be an outlaw
- Kush Wray, 32, found a medieval arrow in a river near Budby, Nottinghamshire
- Historians have dated the discovered artifact to between the 12th and 13th centuries
- Robin Hood ‘won the silver arrow at the Sheriff of Nottingham’s archery tournament’
A tattoo artist thinks he found Robin Hood’s Silver Arrow while magnet fishing in Sherwood Forest.
Kush Wray, 32, pulled the legendary arrow from a river on the first cast of his magnet gear near Budby, Nottinghamshire, on Monday.
Historians said the artifact looks like it could be from the 12th or 13th century, the time of Robin Hood, and revealed it would be silver in color once cleaned, reported The sun.
Kush Wray, 32, found a medieval arrow in a river near Budby, Nottinghamshire while fishing
Legend has it that Robin Hood won the Silver Arrow while dressing up in an archery tournament set up by the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Mr. Wray, from Eckington, Sheffield, said, “It was like I was destined to find it. It’s crazy to think I could be part of the legend. ‘
The dart does not have a blunt edge, which means it is unlikely to have ever been fired.
An expert will examine the arrow after the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme is notified of the discovery.
Gemma Howard, senior site manager at Sherwood Forest Visitor Center, called it a “great” discovery.
She said the area where it was found would have been ‘just a walk’ from the Major Oak – used by Robin and his Merry Men as a hideout.
“This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a medieval arrow found so close to Robin Hood’s hometown,” she added.
The area found is said to have been ‘just a walk’ from the Major Oak, which is said to have been used as a shelter by Robin and his Merry Men
Who was Robin Hood and his Merry Men and where did they live?
The Robin Hood legend is said to date back to the reign of King John in the 13th century.
He was one of three prominent outlaws, including Fulk Fitzwarin and Eustace the Monk, but while the latter two were clearly identified historical figures, it is unclear exactly who Robin Hood was.
Forests were covered by the forest law at the time and were protected as private places for the king to hunt.
However, many fugitives used these areas for hiding, and both Sherwood and Barnsdale Forest play important roles in the legends.
Robin Hood was first mentioned in the late 14th century and stories throughout the 15th century, including such stories as Robin Hood and the Monk, and Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne.
During this time, there are also stories of people taking the name Robin Hood or Robehod to imitate the original, which is why there is some confusion as to its true identity.
The stories place Robin Hood to the north, but refer to both Barnsdale and Sherwood.
Experts believe the legend may have come from two separate sources and could refer to two separate ‘Robin Hoods’.
An epitaph from 1702 claims that Robin Hood was buried at Kirklees Priory, West Yorkshire, where legend says he was murdered, presumably by the Sheriff of Nottingham, and dates back to 1247.