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The Vyne Ring in context: powerful people and powerful rings during the end of Roman Britain

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This is the final published version of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, 2019.

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The inscribed late Roman gold ring found near Silchester has been considered as one of the inspirations for the One Ring in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The ring is one of a small number of late Roman finger-rings from Britain that were usually manufactured in gold or silver. Their iconography suggests that the wearers of these rings were presenting themselves as members of an educated wealthy elite who advertised their position, religious beliefs, and ideologies through the symbols engraved upon their finger-rings. These rings offer a fascinating insight into society in Britain at the very end of the Roman period.

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Author(s): Gerrard J

Editor(s): H. Meller, S. Kimming-Volkner and A. Reichenberger

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Ringe der Macht

Year: 2019

Pages: 247-260

Print publication date: 15/11/2019

Acceptance date: 24/04/2019

Publisher: State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt

Place Published: Halle

Notes: International Conference, November 09-10, 2018 in Halle (Saale)

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783944507972