AN eight-year-old girl has been hailed “Queen of Sweden” after discovering a millennia old viking era sword in a lake, after mistaking the artefact "for a stick".
Swedish-American Saga Vanecek, eight, came across the ancient relic on a family summer holiday in Tånnö, Småland.
Saga told radio station The Local that she was skimming stones and playing on the banks of the Vidostrn lake, when she came across the sword.
The lake is situated near her family's holiday home in the south of the country.
At first, Saga assumed it was “some kind of stick”, due to its decomposed nature and brown colour from thousands of years of rust.
Little Saga said: "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.
“When he saw that it bent and was rusty, he came running up and took it."
Her father, Andy Vanecek, said in a Facebook post that the Iron Age sword was found complete with its scabbard.