The "cursed" Roman ring found in England. Photo: SCMP Pictures The "cursed" Roman ring found in England. Photo: SCMP Pictures
The "cursed" Roman ring found in England. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Cursed Roman ring may have inspired Tolkien's tales of Middle-earth

Author knew about the golden band, its origins and curse on the person who stole it

The "cursed" Roman ring found in England. Photo: SCMP Pictures The "cursed" Roman ring found in England. Photo: SCMP Pictures
The "cursed" Roman ring found in England. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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