If you were ever a fan of tales of knights and magic swords growing up, here’s a story that might make you super jealous that magical things never seem to happen to you.
A little girl from Cornwall, England was on holiday with her family in Dozmary Pool, the lake where the fabled King Arthur chucked his almighty sword Excalibur, when she caught sight of the blade.
The legend goes whoever finds it is the rightful ruler of Great Britain, but Matilda Jones plans on finishing primary school first.
The powerful sword was said to be given to King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake, and when he was mortally wounded, he ordered it thrown back to Dozmary Pool where a hand emerged from the water to take the sword.
Dozmary Pool is located in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, and Matilda’s father, Paul, though it was a bit of fence material at first.
“She was only waist deep when she said she could see a sword,” said Paul, who was with her at the time of the discovery, told the Star.
“I told her not to be silly and it was probably a bit of fencing, but when I looked down I realized it was a sword. It was just there laying flat on the bottom of the lake,” he said.
Coincidentally, he had just finished telling Matilda and her sister about the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur before they went on the holiday.
While everyone is excited at what seemed to be a myth proven true in these modern times, Paul said he would reckon otherwise.
He added in his interview that the sword looked to be about “20 or 30 years old,” and “was probably an old film prop.”
Hey, us medieval nerds can always hope.