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In today’s adorable oopsie-daisy news: A great-grandma in Brazil has been accidentally praying to a “Lord of the Rings” Elrond figurine she mistook for St. Anthony.
Nope, not a case of praying to false gods. Just a good, ol’ fashioned mix-up: Both statuettes have brown robes and as far as details on figurine faces go, they do sorta’ resemble one another. Elrond’s pointy elf ears could have been a dead giveaway, but they pretty much just look like regular ears on the statuette.
Gabriela Brandão, a freelance makeup artist, relayed the comical mix-up in a Facebook post that’s gone viral. She explained that her daughter’s great-grandmother has been praying to the Elrond statue instead of St. Anthony. And, she’s been pretty devout, praying to the statuette on a daily basis.
A little primer before we get any further: Elrond is an elf. And, as Mashable points out, he did descend from Maiar, angelic beings of great power who came to Middle Earth. So, he’s got that going for him. (It could have been worse. She could have been praying to Gollum!)
St. Anthony, on the other hand, was a Portuguese priest and friar. He’s the patron saint of lost and stolen articles. We found his statuette on Amazon.
Brandão saw the figurine and noticed something wasn’t quite right, so she looked it up online. Then, she broke the news to her daughter’s great-grandmother.
“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.”
So, pardon the mix-up Lord Elrond. But can you get St. Anthony up to speed on things in Brazil?