An eight-year-old Swedish girl has found an ancient 1,500-year-old sword in the middle of a lake, prompting the locals to hail her as the new Queen of Sweden.
We all know the Arthurian legend of the boy who removed the sword from the stone becoming the King of England. Well, now we have a girl who removed a sword from a lake who is now going to become the new Queen of Sweden. That is, if the locals have anything to say about it.
Which they don’t because Sweden just had an election. But you never know--it does seem a lot like a divine mandate.
Saga Vanecek, age 8, was playing at her family’s cottage on Vidostern Lake last summer when she came across something quite interesting.
"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," Saga told Swedish news site The Local. "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!' When he saw that it [was] bent and was rusty, he came running up and took it.”
Father Andy Vanecek didn’t immediately know that his daughter had found a priceless artifact. He spoke to his neighbors and a work colleague with an interest in archaeology and was told to contact the Jonkoping County Museum. Researchers there initially reported the sword to be 1,000 years old, making it from the Viking era, but now they believe it to be around 1,500 years old which would predate the Vikings.
The sword itself is a little less than three feet long, came with a wooden scabbard, and had a leather-wrapped handle. It was heavily damaged by rust, but Jonkoping County Museum officials believe they’ll be able to glean more from the sword while they work to preserve it for historical record.
News of Saga’s find quickly swept through Sweden after her father posted the tale on his Facebook page. Many commented that since she’d found the ancient sword that she had received a divine mandate to ascend as the Queen of Sweden.
No word on whether or not King Carl XVI Gustaf, the current monarch of Sweden, is planning to abdicate in recognition of Saga’s find.
Some Swedish Twitter users don’t think she should wait for King Gustaf’s permission and are already hailing her as their new Queen.
Eight-year-old Swedish girl Saga Vanecek is our queen and ruler now, and just in goddamn time. https://t.co/wz0w7SevGk— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 4, 2018
However, Wikipedia has pointed out that lake-given swords aren’t a reasonable basis of government, and did so with a pertinent Monty Python quote.
'Listen. 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/T9Ns4wXuzE— Wikimedia UK (@wikimediauk) October 4, 2018