Someone’s Nan Has Been Accidentally Praying To A ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Figure For Years



Gabriela Brandão, a freelance makeup artist from Florianópolis, Brazil, took to Facebook to share her nan’s total howler. She realised that her relative’s figurine of ‘Saint Anthony’ was actually of ‘Elrond’ from Lord of the Rings.


Her poor little nan had been praying to the statue every day.

“The funniest discovery of 2016: My daughter’s great-grandmother prays to this figure of Saint Anthony every day, but looking more closely…”

Gabriela said: “We tried to explain right away but she didn’t understand at first.

“The next day we explained again and she understood and we got her a new figure of Saint Anthony.”

Here is an actual figurine of Saint Anthony, for reference. Notice the lack of pointy ears.

No harm, no foul. And, actually, some people have been pointing out that it’s not that much of a mistake in the first place. No, they think there are similarities between Saint Anthony and Elrond.

That… is actually weirdly perfect, though. Saint Anthony of Padua was noted in life for, among other things, having expert knowledge of Scripture and other ancient writings, his spiritual teaching, as well as his devotion to the sick and poor. He is often depicted with books, bread, fish and a flaming heart. While he is known as the patron saint of lost things/seekers of lost articles, you know what else? He is also a patron saint for amputees, mariners, travelers, animals, the elderly, poor, and a number of other patronages.

If that doesn’t sound like Elrond, I don’t know what does. After all, after his parents Eärendil the Mariner and Elwing (who transformed into an animal–specifically a bird) literally flew off into the sky, taking a Silmaril with them, he and his brother were primarily raised by Maedhros and Maglor, the eldest two sons of Fëanor, who were sworn to recover the lost Silmarils. And Maedhros was an amputee, having lost his right hand when he was rescued from Thangorodrim (he also later died by casting himself into a volcano). Elrond became a great scholar and healer, known for speaking wisdom during the White Council (which was held in his stronghold, Rivendell). And speaking of Rivendell, it was a haven of peace, where travelers young and old, rich and poor, were welcomed and fed and given opportunity to rest or work or live how they chose under Elrond’s hospitality.

And let’s not forget that Saint Anthony is often shown holding the child Jesus, the future King and a symbol of hope. Elrond fostered the young Aragorn, the future King of Gondor, for a number of years under the assumed named “Estel”–Sindarin for “hope.”

Just sayin’–the closest thing Middle-earth would have to Saint Anthony would be Elrond.

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