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'Cursed' Roman ring may be Tolkien's 'ring to rule them all'
'Cursed' Roman ring may be Tolkien's 'ring to rule them all'

An exhibit opening Tuesday at England's National Trust property The Vyne in Hampshire will feature a rather precious object — perhaps even the Precious, as Gollum would have it. The exhibit centers around a "cursed" Roman ring that is believed to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Created in conjunction with the Tolkien Society, the exhibition's "Ring Room" will tell the fascinating story of the artifact and explore its connections to Tolkien. The ring, as the Guardian reports, was found in 1785 by a Hampshire farmer plowing his field. It is quite large: almost half an...