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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Since it is without beginning or end, the ring is a symbol of eternity. As a microcosmic magical circle, it also represents protection. The gold rings excavated from Egyptian tombs—signet rings inscribed with the names of the gods and with prayers to these gods—had both utilitarian and magical functions.

The earliest rings were made of iron, which was regarded as a magical metal. As G. Storms says, "Iron manifestly takes its power from the fact that the material was better and scarcer than wood or stone for making tools, and secondly from the mysterious way it was originally found: in meteoric stones. It needed a specialist and a skilled laborer to obtain the iron from the ore and to harden it. Indeed we find many peoples regard their blacksmiths as magicians."

The British Museum contains a bronze Greco-Roman ring set with an amethyst, designed as a charm against the evil eye. The Romans saw the iron ring as a symbol of strength. Victorious generals were presented with iron rings. It wasn't until the end of the third century CE that the Romans generally accepted gold rings, due to the influence of neighboring peoples. The iron ring became less popular, and eventually became the mark of a slave. Freedmen—as opposed to those born free—were a level above slaves, and were allowed to wear silver rings.

The magic ring of the Germanic god Odin was named Draupnir, the name of the dwarf who made it. Odin placed the ring on the funeral pyre of his son Balder.

Many talismanic rings, believed to have the power to heal, are associated with noble families in Britain and other parts of Europe. King Edward II (1307-1327) had a ring that was supposed to cure the "falling sickness." In Trôyes, France, in 1263, officials passed a statute decreeing that nuns could not wear rings set with precious stones except in cases of illness. Certain stones became associated with specific illnesses and ailments. In some cases, patients drank from a goblet of wine or water into which a ring had been dropped.

Rings were engraved with particular designs for specific purposes: to guard against evil, to bring knowledge of herbs, to cause invisibility, or to promote good health. Ceremonial magic involves a long and intricate ritual to prepare and consecrate a ring. The ring must be made, engraved, and consecrated at particular times, according to the hours and days of various spirits and planets. Such rings are still made and worn today.

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You have begun already, and when I see those rings where they are, my girl is prettier in my sight than if the biggest diamonds that ever twinkled shone in her ears," answered Dr.
And the applause grew to a roar when Pinocchio, the famous Donkey, appeared in the circus ring.
Oh, how could I not be ardent for Eternity, and for the marriage-ring of rings--the ring of the return?
Thou who didst from the beginning create male and female," the priest read after the exchange of rings, "from Thee woman was given to man to be a helpmeet to him, and for the procreation of children.
As you have no husband, that ring can only have been given by one who hopes to make you his wife
At last a young man, with a good heart and plenty of courage, set out to search for the ring.
While thus speaking Athos regarded with attention the sapphire set with diamonds which had taken, on D'Artagnan's finger, the place of the queen's ring, carefully kept in a casket.
THE ring is on my hand, And the wreath is on my brow; Satins and jewels grand Are all at my command, And I am happy now.
Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring, and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant, who was allowed to go everywhere.
then my action would depend upon the menial who answered my reckless ring.
In they came with rattle of steel and clashing of swords, and ring of horses' feet on cobblestones, whereat a flock of pigeons that strutted in the sun flew with flapping wings to the high eaves of the round towers.
I ring for coffee, cigarette, and cherry brandy, and take my chair by the window, just as the absurd little nursery governess comes tripping into the street.