A young girl found a sword that pre-dates the Vikings in a Lake in Sweden—and some people think she should be queen.
While playing in Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, Småland, 8-year-old Saga Vanecek stumbled upon a sword that is estimated to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD, according to Mikael Nordström from Jönköpings Läns Museum.
In an interview with The Local, Vanecek explained how she made the discovery:
I was outside in the water, throwing sticks and stones and stuff to see how far they skip, and then I found some kind of stick. I picked it up and was going to drop it back in the water, but it had a handle, and I saw that it was a little bit pointy at the end and all rusty. I held it up in the air and I said, ‘Daddy, I found a sword!’
Although Vanecek found the 85 centimeter-long sword during the summer, officials from the Jönköpings Läns Museum asked her not to tell anyone until they could search the lake for additional relics—they found a brooch and a coin dating back to the 18th century. Currently, the museum is in the process of preserving the sword before it can be displayed, which will take at least a year.
“It’s not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!” Nordström said in a statement about the significance of the find.
Vanecek, who had just moved back to Sweden in 2017 after living in Minnesota, is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan.
She told The Local:
The cool thing is that I’m a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, and this looks just like a Viking sword!
Commenters on Twitter searched for meaning in the find:
My middle grade fantasy book senses are tingling. https://t.co/zut74BDoWO
— ⚡LeAHHHHH (@worldofleahjane) October 4, 2018
In Britain, we consider that a basis for government. What does she get in Sweden?
— Michael J. Hollows (@MikeHollows) October 4, 2018
And the name of the girl who pulled this Viking sword from the lake?
Saga. What else? https://t.co/eQ0aujXqGh
— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) October 4, 2018
It didn’t take long for commenters to proclaim the girl should be queen:
So, is she the new Queen?
— Jay Schiavone (@jaytingle) October 4, 2018
All hail, Queen Saga! (Solves our government problem?)
— Issybelle (@Issybelle99) October 4, 2018
According to the legend, she is the Queen of all the viking territory. Scandinavia, Russia, U.K. and Canada. A new world order, Sweden is back on top!!
— Thomas Lönnegren (@TLonnegren) October 4, 2018
Long live the queen! pic.twitter.com/hEjVN1peby
— Neophobica @ VIECC (@neophobica) October 5, 2018
Others made the requisite King Arthur references:
Her name should be the Lady of the Lake pic.twitter.com/uls6gKVonY
— Jeffrey L Miller (@dragonzord8) October 4, 2018
— The Lawn Gnome (@LawnGnomefromYT) October 4, 2018
Needs only some dragons.
— IvaW (@IvaW_SE) October 5, 2018
This person didn’t agree with the new order:
look I know what you’re all thinking, but as a wiser person than me once said: strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. https://t.co/Yvtr3pKdmF
— emily cthulhughes (@emilyhughes) October 4, 2018
But most commenters were more than happy with the decision:
I accept her as ruler of the world.
— The End is Nigh (@Zapski) October 4, 2018
With a name like Saga, this is certainly going to be an EPIC REIGN.
— Moving On (@Moving_On_NY) October 4, 2018