8-Year-Old Swedish Girl Is Being Hailed As A Queen For Finding A 1,000-Year-Old Sword In A Lake

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:

It didn’t take long for commenters to proclaim the girl should be queen:

Others made the requisite King Arthur references: 

This person didn’t agree with the new order:

But most commenters were more than happy with the decision:

H/T: Insider, The Local, Twitter