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April 05, 2013

One ring found

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A cursed Roman ring that was dug up by a farmer is believed to have been the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.

The piece of gold jewellery was discovered close to the Roman town of Silchester, Hampshire, in 1785. The celebrated author was called in to investigate the incredible story of the ring's past just two years before his famous novel was published.

Historians believe the large 12g gold ring once belonged to a Roman called Silvianus but he put a curse on it after it was stolen.

Related: Curse tablets from Roman Britain.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 5, 2013 06:07 AM