Ring of Amasis

Ring (A Fairy). Whoever lives in a house built over a fairy-ring shall wonderfully prosper in everything.—Athenian Oracle, i. 307.

Ring (Corcud’s), composed of six different metals. It ensured the wearer success in any undertaking in which he chose to embark.

“While you have it on your finger,” said the old man, “misfortune shall fly from your house, and nobody shall be able to hurt you; but one condition is attached to the gift, which is this: when you have chosen for yourself a wife, you must remain faithful to her as long as she lives. The moment you neglect her for another, you will lose the ring.”—Gueulette: Chinese Tales (“Corcud and his Four Sons,” 1723).

Dame Liunês’s Ring, a ring given by Dame Lionês to sir Gareth during a tournament.

“That ring,” said Dame Lionês, “increaseth my beauty much more than it is of itself; and this is the virtue of my ring: that which is green it will turn to red, and that which is red it will turn green; that which is blue it will turn white, and that which is white it will turn blue; and so with all other colours. Also, whoever beareth my ring can never lose blood.”—Sir T. Malory: History of Prince Arthur, i. 146 (1470).

Luned’s Ring. This ring rendered the wearer invisible. Luned or Lynet gave it to Owain, one of king Arthur’s knights. Consequently, when men were sent to kill him he was nowhere to be found, for he was invisible.

Take this ring, and put it on thy finger, with the stone inside thy hand; and close thy hand upon the stone; and as long as thou concealest it, it will conceal thee.—The Mabinogion (“Lady of the Fountain,” twelfth century).

The Steel Ring made by Seidel-Beckir. This ring enabled the wearer to read the secrets of another’s heart.—Comte de Caylus: Oriental Tales (“The Four Talismans,” 1743).

The Talking Ring, a ring given by Tartaro, the Basque Cyclops, to a girl whom he wished to marry. Immediately she put it on, it kept incessantly saying, “You there, and I here;” so, in order to get rid of the nuisance, she cut off her finger and threw both ring and finger into a pond.—Webster: Basque Legends 4 (1876).

The same story appears in Campbell’s Popular Tales of the West Highlands, i. III, and in Grimm’s tale of The Robber and His Sons. When the robber put on the ring, it incessantly cried out, “Here I am;” so he bit off his finger, and threw it from him.

Reynard’s Ring, a ring which Reynard pretended he had sent to king Lion. It had (he said) three gems—one red, which gave light in darkness; one white, which cured all blains and sprains, aches and pains, whether from wounds, fever, or indigestion; and one green, which would guard the king from every ill, both in peace and war.—Heinrich von Alkmaar: Reynard the Fox (1498).

The Virgin’s Wedding Ring, kept in the Duomo of Perugia, under fourteen locks.

Ring Posies.

A EI (Greek for “always”).

A heart content Can ne’er repent.

All for all.

All I refuse, And thee I choose.

Bear and forbear.

Beyond this life, Love me, dear wife.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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