Excalibur Found? Schoolgirl Finds Sword in Dozmary Pool.
Russ Chastain 09.18.17
Swords are cool. Who doesn’t like swords? They are big knifey things that slash and stab and whatnot! But more people like swords than own them, especially when it comes to kids. But this little girl reportedly bucked the trend by finding a magnificent sword in Dozmary Pool–the very body of water into which King Arthur’s Excalibur was thrown, according to legend.
Seven-year-old Matilda Jones, from Norton, Doncaster, England, spotted the sword as it lay flat on the bottom of the lake, as she waded waist-deep in the pool. Her father didn’t believe her until he saw it for himself.
‘I told her not to be silly and it was probably a bit of fencing, but when I looked down I realised it was a sword. It was just there laying flat on the bottom of the lake.’
Matilda’s father had told her and her younger sister about the King Arthur legend during their drive to the lake.
Dozmary Pool has numerous Arthurian connections:
It is… the home of the Lady of the Lake and is where a young Arthur rowed out to claim the mighty Excalibur.
Folklore has it that Dozmary Pool is where Excalibur was thrown by Sir Bedivere after the Battle of Camlann and Arthur’s death.
According to local tradition after three attempts to relinquish the sword, Sir Bedivere finally managed to comply with King Arthur’s wish and threw it into the lake, an arm rose from the surface, caught the sword and vanished back into the water.
Theoretically, someone may have flung this sword into the lake in order to reenact Sir Bedivere’s legendary toss.
This is no small sword — it’s as long as its discoverer is tall!
‘The sword is 4ft long – exactly Matilda’s height,’ added Paul. ‘I don’t think it’s particularly old about 20 or 30 years old. It’s probably an old film prop.’
At the end of their six-day holiday the family brought the sword home and Matilda and Lois are enjoying telling all her family and friends about her discovery.
I have found a lot of cool stuff, but never a sword. Unless a machete counts.