According to the 10 Commandments, we shalt not worship false idols. But what to do when your accidental idol has the flowing hair and robes of an OG Catholic saint?
One devout great-grandmother in Brazil just learned that instead of praying to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things, she’s been unloading her spiritual burden on a Lord of the Rings figurine. Namely, Elrond the Elf (aka Arwen’s dad, aka the scowly guy who’s always sweeping around Rivendell like a particularly regal bat).
Gabrielle Brandios, the granddaughter-in-law, documented the misunderstanding in a Facebook post:
“My daughter’s great-grandmother prays to this figure of Saint Anthony every day,” the post reads, as translated by Buzzfeed.
“But looking more closely…”
Something’s a little too mystical about the guy. A little too ~ethereal.~ Saint Anthony may have worn robes, but did he have pointed ears, fancy sleeves, and a stylish embroidered tunic?
Upon some further investigation, Brandios found an identical figurine for sale online, advertised as none other than the Lord of Rivendell himself: Elrond.
To be fair, the guy does look fairly saintly. And in his fictional, ageless lifetime, Elrond did pull quite few epic, New Testament-worthy stunts. Fighting against Sauron in the Second Age? Forming the Council of Elrond to create a plan to destroy the One Ring? Not the worst guy to accidentally pray to. He seems like someone who’d hold some sway up there.
But alas, Saint Anthony he is not.
Brandios explained the situation to the misinformed great-grandma, and has since bought her a new, actual Saint Anthony figurine. Elrond, we’ll assume, is on his way to the Undying Lands.