Nobody Tell Gollum About This

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“Among those who bear the name of Senicianus to none grant health until he bring back the ring to the temple of Nodens.” It sounds like it comes from a fantasy novel, but it’s a real inscription regarding a real ring found in a Roman site in England.

It did, however, inspire J. R. R. Tolkien to write about a cursed ring of his own.

Learn more about the mysterious ring—currently on display in a museum west of London—in this Guardian article.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →