So a girl in Sweden pulled a sword out of a lake–to be specific a fifteen-hundred year old sword which, even though I’m not very good at math, would, I think, date it to the sixth century. And naturally I thought, all hail our new Queen who, appropriately enough, is named Saga, although she can call herself whatever she wants, especially if she’s holding a sword. This could, for all we know, be Excalibur. It’s not clear where Avalon really is and, as far as we know, Arthur traveled to Scandinavia before shuffling off his mortal armor. Maybe Bedivere followed him and that’s where he sent Arthur’s legendary sword back to the Lady Of The Lake. It’s where Beowulf came from, and maybe where he went back to after his dust-up with Grendel and his aquatic skirmish with Grendel’s mother, but that’s another story. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords may not be the basis for a system of government but a young woman finding a sword while swimming could very well be a sign of something. And, hey, how often does that sort of thing happen, anyway?
Well, as it turns out, it also happened last year. In England. According to the report that sword isn’t that old and was probably a film prop, but I think that may be a clever deception. How often do film props get left lying around? And how many films have been shot at the legendary Dozmary Pool anyway? Even though nearby Bodmin Moor is where Sherlock Holmes chased the infamous Hound of the Baskervilles, but he didn’t do it with a sword, and a dip into the muddy waters of the internet didn’t turn up any of the film adaptations making use of the location. A few documentaries have been shot there but none that are likely to have left any swords lying around.
Maybe this is a mystery best left unsolved, and maybe these two separate finds coming so close together is just a coincidence, but I still hope there’s a bright future for these young women who aren’t afraid to seize an opportunity.