If you’re a fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”, then this story about a certain ring will definitely blow your mind.
Back in 1785, a farmer was plowing his field when suddenly he heard a distinct noise – like his cart had run over a metallic object in the field. What did he find? He found a peculiar golden ring. It was a signet ring, something that used before to make seals. Weighing 12 grams, it was designed to be worn over a gloved finger. There’s something else that was interesting with the ring, it had a Latin phrase engraved on it, “SENICIANE VIVAS IIN DE,” which can be translated to “Senicianus live well in God.”
Eventually, it was revealed that the ring was from the 4th century and was stolen from an individual called Silvianus on his visit to a temple dedicated of Nodens, a Celic healing god. Thinking that the thief was Senicianus, a man he saw in the temple of, he cursed him in anger. It is said that Senicianus left the ring in a town called Silchester.
At the time of its discovery, the farmer did not know any of this and kept the ring to become rich, and that he did. He sold it to a rich family living at a 16th century manor called Vyne. It was hidden in the library for many years until Chaloner Chute, the previous owner of the property wrote about the ring.
While that was happening, archaeologists were digging at the side of an old Nodens temple where they found a “cursed tablet” that had a detailed account of Senacianus and Silvanius. The tablet sat at the manor’s museum for decades until Mortimer and Tessa Wheeler who were at the site. Their investigation into the tablet led the two to the Vyne estate.
The Wheelers were not alone, they had two friends who helped them uncover the mystery of the ring – R.G. Collingwood and J.R.R. Tolkien.
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You heard that right, the man, the myth, and the legend himself. Obviously, the rumors eventually ran saying that it was the two years he spent researching the ring at the Vyne were what inspired the author to pen the classic novels!
That is why, in 2013, the “Vyne ring” was removed from the library to be displayed permanently on the manor for everyone to see and learn about its history. The ring was displayed next to a first-edition copy of The Hobbit along with a copy of the “cursed” tablet.
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