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    UK - Cursed Roman ring that may have inspired JRR Tolkien's Hobbit books displayed

    Interesting reading for Hobbit heads.

    The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show (Guardian)
    Lord of the Rings author was researching the story of the curse
    of a Roman ring for two years before starting Bilbo Baggins tale
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    A new exhibition opening today at The Vyne, now owned by the National Trust, raises the intriguing possibility that the Roman ring in the case, and the ring of power in JRR Tolkien's book The Hobbit, and in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, are one and the same.
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    In chapter five of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins finds a ring in the gloom of Gollum's cave. Not just any ring. "One very beautiful thing, very beautiful, very wonderful. He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring."
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    Tolkien was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford before he found fame as an author, and certainly knew the story of the curse and the ring, and was researching the subject two years before he began work on The Hobbit.
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    The ring was probably found in 1785 by a farmer ploughing a few miles away within the walls of Silchester, one of the most enigmatic Roman sites in the country.
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    A few decades later and 100 miles away, more of the story turned up: at Lydney in Gloucestershire, a Roman site known locally as the Dwarf's Hill, a tablet with an inscribed curse was found. A Roman called Silvianus informs the god Nodens that his ring has been stolen.
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    Lydney was re-excavated by the maverick archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler, who called in Tolkien in 1929 to advise on the odd name of the god – and also spotted the connection between the name on the curse and the Chute family's peculiar ring.
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    the rest at the link above
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Interesting reading for Hobbit heads.

    The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show (Guardian)
    Lord of the Rings author was researching the story of the curse
    of a Roman ring for two years before starting Bilbo Baggins tale

    the rest at the link above
    Really fascinating stuff!! Thanks for posting!!



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