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Brazilian woman learns she was mistakenly praying to Lord of the Rings figurine

The confusion was cleared up after a relative noticed the subtle differences between the fashion of Catholic saints and half-elf lords.


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Upon "closer inspection," something seemed to be amiss about a Brazilian great-grandmother's Saint Anthony figurine.

A Brazilian woman claimed a late entrant to the “funniest discovery of 2016” after learning an elderly relative had been unknowingly praying daily to a Lord of the Rings tchotchke.

Gabriela Brandao, a beautician from Florianapolis, had a hunch something was amiss with what a great-grandmother thought was a figurine of a Catholic saint.

“My daughter’s great-grandmother prays to this figure of San Antonio every day,” Brandao wrote on Facebook. “But looking closer…”

“Looking closer,” indeed. Such an inspection revealed the figure’s finery had more of an environmentalist bent, which is more indicative of Elrond, the half-elf Lord of Rivendell and not Saint Anthony, patron saint of lost things.

Now, before anybody takes too hard a run at this woman, let's investigate an actual Saint Anthony. It's fair to say there's a bit of a resemblance. Elrond's braids have a much more laissez-faire attitude, but even saints have to let their hair down from time to time, right?

The actual patron saint of lost things.


The actual patron saint of lost things.

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