Papist Accidentally Prays to ‘Lord of the Rings’ Elrond Action Figure For Years (not Satire)

This is not Saint Anthony. This is a character from “Lord of the Rings.” However, it makes just as much sense to pray to the actor – Hugo Weaving – as it does a dead man, Anthony.


An elderly Papist grandmother in Brazil thought she was worshipping an idol (or ‘venerating a Saint’ as the Catholics would say) of Saint Anthony. This saint, Anthony, was born in 1195 and became a priest in the Franciscan order (he started out in the Order of Augustine), and today is one of the most popular idols in the Roman Catholic Church, as they are taught that he can intercede for all people (as opposed to certain patron saints, who respond primarily to people of specific professions or people with specific problems). You can read more about Roman Catholic superstitions regarding Anthony here.

The woman’s grand-daughter-in-law was visiting her and noticed that the icon she was praying to was peculiar.


Gabriela Brandao was the woman’s name who found the mistake, and posted it on Facebook with the caption: “The funniest discovery of 2016.” The post said, “My daughter’s great-grandmother prays to Saint Anthony every day.”

That, of course, is not Saint Anthony. It is Elrond, who – according to JRR Tolkien – is “noble and fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.” So…he is impressive, but he’s no Saint Anthony.

You can read about this at BuzzFeed or the BBC.

In the meantime, here’s the Second Commandment:

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments (Exodus 20:4-6). 

Here’s an idea. Don’t pray to stupid objects.


Bringing you discernment news and commentary from a biblical, polemical perspective means it is tough out there on social media. We’re constantly getting kneecapped and constrained by tech companies who find our fidelity to the scripture and pursuit of truth to be intolerable, resulting in our reach being severely throttled.

For this reason, we ask you please consider supporting us a few different ways. The first, by liking and following our new Facebook page, our home where we share new posts and interact with our members. The second, by following and retweeting our Twitter page. The third, by signing up for our newsletter below.

And last, through direct support. You can catch our free weekly episodes of the Polemics Report by subscribing at BTWN. If you like what you hear and desire to hear more, you can get the VIP full-length version for only $5.95 per month on Patreon. Also, you get other freebies for additional monthly pledges.

Subscribe to us on Patreon here and support our ministry.

God bless!

Stay informed. Subscribe Today.

When you subscribe, please add to your contacts to ensure that your newsletter doesn’t go into your spam folder.

Enter your email address below…

Contact Us Donate

Facebook Comments
Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro
Ad Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. If you would like to go ad-free, please purchase a full subscription on Substack.