Woman Unknowingly Prays to ‘Lord of the Rings’ Figurine for Years

A great-grandmother from Brazil has accidentally been praying to a figurine of Elrond, and elf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, after mistaking it for Saint Anthony, the late Portuguese priest and patron saint of lost things.

Gabriela Brandão, a make-up artist from Florianópolis, Brazil, made this hilarious discovery last week, posting a series of photos of the Elrond figurine on Facebook. “My daughter’s great-grandmother prays to this figure of Saint Anthony every day, but looking more closely…,” she wrote. She had noticed that something wasn’t right about the figurine, so she started doing some online research. She managed to find an exact replica on an online store, which listed it as Elrond, an Elven character from The Lord of the Rings fantasy universe. She called it the “funniest discovery of 2016.”


Photo: Gabriela Brandão/Facebook

But trying to explain the mix-up to the old woman actually took a bit of effort. “We tried to explain right away but she didn’t understand at first,” Brandão told Buzzfeed. “The next day we explained again and she understood and we got her a new figure of Saint Anthony.”

Brandão’s Facebook post went viral almost instantly, with over 3,700 shares on the social network, and hundreds of funny comments. It was also picked up by dozens of international news outlets and even got the attention of actor Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the blockbuster trilogy The Lord of the Rings. “A woman in Brazil has apparently been praying to Elrond, thinking he’s Saint Anthony. She’s found herself a new idol,” he wrote on Facebook.


Photo: Gabriela Brandão/Facebook

“I never expected any of this to happen, it’s crazy,” Gabriela Brandão said about the attention her post has gotten in the last few days. “But it’s the funniest thing that ever happened to me.”

Elrond, in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, is the lord of Rivendell, the elvish kingdom. In Sir Peter Jackson’s trilogy, he is portrayed by actor Hugo Weaving. Saint Anthony was canonised in the year 1232 by Pope Gregory the Ninth, and is widely known as the patron saint of lost people and the recovery of lost items. They don’t seem very similar, but any die-hard LOTR fan will tell you that they actually have quite a lot in common. Plus, looking at the photos of these figurines, can you really blame the old lady for getting them mixed up?


Photo: Gabriela Brandão/Facebook

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  • Mtnmedic Posted on January 6, 2017

    Organized religion is not only senseless and stupid, it perpetuates senselessness and stupidity.

  • walt Posted on January 8, 2017

    I can carve out a figure of anything you want to pray to. But isn’t that silly? Why not just pray to a rock?

  • D3F1ANT Posted on January 9, 2017

    I’m sure the results were the same, either way…

  • Emery Posted on January 9, 2017

    No surprise there. ALL who claim to be Christian who are part of it’s many sects pray to idols, and use idols in their “worship”. They participate in pagan holidays as well, such as Christmas and Easter and Birthdays, and they vote, go to war, cheat, lie, speed, etc. All this when God’s inspired word says “stop touching the unclean (pagan) thing, and I will take you in”. Meaning if you DO touch anything pagan, GOD ABANDONS YOU. He ignores your prayers too. Jesus, God’s SON, taught that all churches, religions, and sects of man are false religion, and works of the flesh, and anyone participating in any of these things will NOT inherit the Kingdom of the Heavens. This means their death, permanently. Jesus also taught to be “no part of the world”, meaning NO politics, voting, military service, flag saluting, religions of man, idolatry and immorality of man, or anything else the “world” (people) engage in. This essentially means that almost ALL of the 7.4 billion alive today are going to be DESTROYED by God in the tribulation and final battle, that is just about to happen. Within a few short years in fact.

  • White Eagle Posted on January 16, 2017

    Warn but be weary of judging others as that is how you yourself will be judged. Better to lead than to push. That being said,
    As for Idols, the ten commandments proscribe worshiping, bowing down or honoring in any way ahything made by human hands, and the same goes for bowing down to humans and calling them saint, or father…or master…. there is only one master and that is God in Heaven and only ONE intercessor, and that is Christ Jesus, it is not his mother, nor any dead ‘saint’, whoes worship by Catholics is an abomination in God’s sight, and takes its tradtion from the ancient Babylonian gods. Mary as the ‘Queen of Heaven”? that is the title of Isis, Ishtar, Vienus….etc. He that breaks the least of the Commandments will be least in the kingdom of Heaven….not necessarily destroyed, it is up to the Twelve to judge and God with Jesus as our defense attorney, to decide.