By David Pescovitz at 10:01 am Fri, Apr 5, 2013
This cursed Roman ring may have inspired the One Ring of JRR Tolkien. It's now on display at The Vyne in Basingstoke, England. The Guardian has more on this artifact and the strange story surrounding its theft and subsequent curse.
We wants it, precious!
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The Vyne isn’t in London, it’s near Basingstoke in Hampshire.
Ah, right. Thanks!!!
Throw it into the fire! Destroy it!
Has anybody thought about what might happen if they took it back to Nodens? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodens
You would reunite the one ring with its true master, thus plunging humanity into an age of darkness.
…ah …and somehow that would be so much different from… er… the world of today.
Exactly. I think someone already DID take it back to Nodens. Nodens sucked the power out of it and then started the Bilderbeg group and married the original Rothschild. He threw the ring’s carcass in a field in 382 AD. Now we’re plain fucked.
I don’t believe this at all. We still have bacon and puppies. Explain that.
The threads are not yet fully woven into the evil tapestry that will be puppy bacon.
One does not simply walk into Lydney Park.
You either have to drive there on the A48 Road or board a train along the Gloucester to Newport Line.
I wonder why the article never mentions Wagner? Maybe because he completely ruins their thesis?
This is the Guardian, therefore an _English_ ring with any sort of tenuous claim trumps some piddling German story about a ring of power which corrupts the minds of it’s owners.
The Guardian piece mentions Wagner’s source material.
Dr Lynn Forest-Hill of the Tolkien Society said Tolkien’s source was usually assumed to be literary sources, including the Niebelung legends. “It is, then, particularly fascinating to see the physical evidence of the Vyne ring, with its links to Tolkien through the inscription associating it with a curse.”
Admittedly, it’s dismissive.
Somehow, this equally important influence is never mentioned.
Tolkien could certainly have had multiple sources of inspiration.
Not could, did.
Nut-uh! Nobody is that smart!
I agree that the great debt of Tolkien’s One Ring to Wagner’s Nibelungen Ring is obvious. I recently blogged on this topic, if anyone’s interested:
Regardless of what wasthe inspiration: We should make sure and dump the thing into Mount Doom. Or Mound Vesuvius, I guess.
Is that a euphemism?
Wait. one. minute. They say this ring is “so large that it would only fit on a gloved thumb.” Are we sure this isn’t the one cock ring?
For somebody with a thumb-sized cock? Could be.
Maybe it was that magic ring that turned people invisible, was the key to immense power and corrupted people’s character called the Ring of Gyges in a little text called The Republic by Plato? nah
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