Sword hilt and fittings: Anglo-Saxon - designated to the Germanic tribes who invaded and settled the south and east of Britain beginning in the early 5th century and the period from their creation of the English nation up to the Norman conquest. The Anglo-Saxon era denotes the period of English history between about 550 and 1066.
Article from National Geographic on the Staffordshire Hoard. Interesting in itself, but the key to me is the last sentence: "Odds are we will never know the story behind the Staffordshire Hoard, but in a world without magic spells or dragons, would we understand it if we did?" which harks back to a traditional beginning in Grimm's fairy tales: "In olden times when wishing still helped..."