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A curiously cursed Roman ring, about to go on public display, could be to thank for 's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings inspirations, and everything awesome in their wake.

According to a report from The Guardian, the piece of gold jewelery was discovered in England in 1785, and the celebrated author was called in to investigate the story of the ring's history only two years before The Hobbit was published.

The inscription reads "Senicianus live well in God" and, what Tolkien discovered, was that Roman owner of the ring put a curse on it after it was stolen by a man named Senicianus.

Is this where Tolkien's inspiration came from, or does this story not quite have the ring of truth about it? Let us know what you think below.


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