“MYTHICAL, MAGICAL ARTIFACTS…”

GOLLUM: Artist: Anthony Verburgt (by permission)

gollumThe Hobbit is a fantasy novel and children’s book by English author J.R.R. Tolkien published in 1937. The creature Gollum is a Stoor Hobbit of the River-folk—originally known as Sméagol—who is corrupted by the One Ring.

The One Ring is a mythological artifact that appears as the central plot in earlier Tolkien novels: a magic ring of invisibility. But in the sequel, “The Lord of the Rings,” its powers are now more than invisibility. The ring is also malevolent and must be destroyed.

There is another mythical, magical artifact: The Ring of Gyges talked about by philosopher Plato.  This ring also grants its owner the power to become invisible; at will. That begged the question—at least to Plato—whether a person would be moral without the fear of being caught or punished.

My guess… The great idea of virtue and vice will always beg the question: “What would I do?”

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