The ring that inspired Tolkien in writing the trilogy of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, exists and has behind its steps a mysterious epic full of curses dating from Roman times.
During the Rule of the Roman Empire over Britain, elite citizens of the time flaunted their status by wearing peculiar rings.
Now, after looking at a set of Brancaster rings, which scientists gain dated to the fourth and fifth centuries, researchers gain found many clues approximately their owners, who lived during the final days of Roman rule over Britain.
As famous by the University of Newcastle, a Brancaster ring is a type of signet ring with a characteristic square or rectangular bezel, inscribed with characters or text. The rings are named after the Roman Fort and Norfolk village where the first example was discovered in the mid-19th century.
Experts discovered that the metal used in their construction, just as the images imprinted on them give off many details approximately their owners, who were members of high society in Britain.
One of the rings, in specific, the cursed Silvianus Ring is believed to gain been the source and inspired J.R.R. Tolkien as he was writing the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The so-called Silvanius ring was discovered near Silchester, in Hampshire, England, in 1785. The Ring belonged to a member of a Roman high society called Silvianus but was stolen by a person named Senicianus, upon whom Silvianus called down a curse: ‘To the god Nodens: Silvianus has lost his ring and promises half its value to Nodens. Among those named Senecianus, let no share savor health until he brings it back to the temple of Nodens.’
In a recent archaeological mission, experts from the universities of Oxford and Newcastle gain gathered 54 rings that exist in the United Kingdom and cataloged them full for the first time. Most of the 54 rings were made from silver and only a small number of gold.
In addition to being used as jewelry, the rings were used in ancient times with wax to seal letters and other primary documents.
The various rings are unique, mostly made of precious metal and engraved with different designs. Some bare the symbol of soldiers, lovers, and even emperors.
However, some rings feature evidence of incredible Roman Art, as experts gain discovered that some rings gain intricate designs such as dolphins and mythical sea creatures, as well as sea griffins which gain been found frequently in Roman Art.
Speaking approximately the Rings, Dr. James Gerrard, senior lecturer in Roman archaeology at Newcastle, said: ‘The fifth century was a period of major upheaval and marked the start of the transition from Roman Empire to Anglo Saxon Britain. These rings and their inscriptions provide a glimpse of what Britain was like during these years and give an insight into the dress, beliefs, ideologies and education level of the elite at the time.