Courtesy of Jonkopings Lans Museum
Andrea Romano
October 09, 2018

Bow down to your new queen, world.

According to The Local, an eight-year-old girl named Saga Vanecek found a pre-Viking sword in Vidöstern Lake in Jonkoping County, Sweden earlier this summer. Now people online are calling her the "Queen of Sweden."

The local Jonkopings Lans Museum believes the sword dates back to around 1,500 years ago, the BBC reported.

Courtesy of Jonkopings Lans Museum

Apparently, the water was low due to drought and Saga was skipping rocks on the lake when she thought she found an odd-looking 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!',” she said to The Local. After her father inspected the object, he was surprised to see that his daughter had found something pretty extraordinary.

Mikael Nordström, an expert who works at the local museum said the sword was “about 85 centimeters (33 inches) long and that there is also preserved wood and metal around it,” according to CNN.

Saga’s sword will be conserved and put in the museum .Nordström asked the family initially not to tell too many people about the sword since he was concerned it would “destroy the possibility of finding things later.”

Since they found the sword, the museum staff have been searching the lake for more artifacts, including a brooch from the 3rd Century, according to the BBC.

But now that the story has circulated online, many people have been giving Saga her new, regal title. Saga’s family is originally from Minnesota and only moved to Sweden last year to be closer to extended family, according to The Local.

While some people might not think finding a sword in a lake a solid basis for a system of government, we personally welcome the new queen with open arms. 

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