Curse, legend and inspiration at the Vyne

Did this very ring inspire Tolkien's novels? © 67528/David Levenson

Did this very ring inspire Tolkien's novels?

Our exhibition explores whether a Roman ring, found at an archaeological site in Silchester, inspired Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings.

The Ring Room, created in conjunction with the Tolkien Society, tells the incredible story of this ring, the Roman tablet inscribed with a curse on the man who stole it, and its fascinating connections with Tolkien.

The exhibition also contains memorabilia from The Tolkien Society's own archive (including a book signed by the author himself), children's resources and dressing up clothes.

Uncover the story

The exhibition tells the tale about how The Vyne may have received its name, whilst intrepid explorers can hunt around the mansion, solving riddles and puzzles and hunting for dwarves. If you want to win a prize you are also challenged to write your own curse.

This story is also the inspiration for the 'Hidden Realm' playground. Give the children time to let off steam and explore a wonderful garden inspired by dwarves and dragons, myths and legends.

We wish to make clear that the Tolkien Estate (including the Tolkien Trust, a registered charity) is not associated with our exhibition and does not endorse the possibility of a connection between the Vyne Ring and the writings of JRR Tolkien.