For this month of Halloween, the editorial staff of Konbini is preparing a horrifying series for you. From creepypastas to underrated horror films to curses from beyond, one daily article will have you shivering until Day of the Dead. One ring to rule them all! If you don’t know this phrase, where were you? you for the past twenty years? Not in Middle-earth, anyway, nor in Mordor. The Lord of the Rings is, as its name suggests, a story of rings of power, greed and curses, a whimsical world filled with strange creatures, sometimes fairy, sometimes diabolical, who fight to save the earth from the Men of the Terrifying Ring of Sauron. Do we agree that the whole universe seems so far-fetched that it can’t be real? Well, we don’t quite agree, actually. Because it has been rumored for some time that a real cursed ring would have inspired Tolkien. And here is his story. See also on Konbini It is often said that the greatest discoveries are made by chance. And the farmer from Silchester who was plowing his field in 1785 probably had no idea that he had found a ring that would change and mark so many lives. When we say “mark so many lives”, we are of course talking about The Lord of the Rings saga. Who can boast of not having been profoundly changed by the courage of Sam Gamegie? Let’s get back to the ring. We are in the UK, in a small village that has seen better days. In the fields that surround this small village, there is a gold ring, a strange jewel adorned with a crowned head with spiky hair, so large that it will have to be worn on the thumb and with gloves. A Latin sentence is engraved on it: “Senicianus lives in peace with the gods.” The noble family who receives the ring as a gift has the impression that the object does not want to be there. Its place is elsewhere. And she was right. Some time later, we finally discover the story of the jewel. It would have belonged to a Roman who lived in the region. A certain Senicanus would have stolen from him. The Roman, mad with rage, appealed to the gods to curse the ring: the thief and all the people who had the misfortune to wear the ring would know neither health nor peace until the jewel was brought to the temple of Nodens. Does that ring a bell? Cursed paintings and blood There are plenty of stories, tales, legends (or gossips as Upper East Side fans would say) about cursed paintings. This is also one of the reasons why we avoid buying old and beautiful mirrors and other paintings in flea markets. Because we never know and we don’t really like old jewelry that would have belonged to deceased people either. No, we’re not that superstitious. But if we are offered a painting by the painter Bruno Amadio, we will categorically refuse. The artist would have concluded a pact with the devil so that his work The Weeping Boy is a success. This painting would be the only survivor of several fires. Just that. We can also talk about the painting The Hands Resist Him, whose anonymous seller swears that the painted children go out at night, fight and terrorize his whole family. Surfing the Internet, we came across a work that we didn’t know. So we share it with you. In “Gods and Monsters”, Lana Del Rey tells us that life imitates art. So sometimes it’s peaceful like lunch on the grass in May, and sometimes it seems cursed and hopeless. Like The Anguished Man, which has the reputation of being the most cursed painting in the world. We must admit that its expression is terrifying. It is reminiscent of the last cry a frightened human would utter before succumbing to a supernatural being or death. We don’t know who painted the painting, but it would be in the possession of a certain Sean Robinson who himself would have told his strange story on YouTube: The painting would be the work of a tortured artist who would have painted it with his own blood and he would have committed suicide right after. Robinson explains that the painting has been in his family for over thirty years. His grandmother kept it in the attic because she was convinced it was evil. When he died, Sean Robinson wanted to keep the portrait he watched, when he was younger, for hours and hours. He probably shouldn’t have. Because since then, her family sees a man wandering around the house and hears strange noises and incessant crying. But why, it’s always the ghosts who cry? We should do it. Here lies a curse! “This tomb will be your tomb.” Do you have the ref? Otherwise, I had also thought of: “You bunch of jackals, you’re going to die like jackals. But that was twice jackals. What ? Do we say ‘jacks’?” OK, we leave the universe of the best film of Asterix and Obelix, according to our humble opinion and we return to reality (or to myth). Few people will tell you that cemeteries are welcoming places. The surroundings of the tombs are full of rumors, shadows and fear. Do dead people come out at night to haunt us? Do they spend hours observing our actions and gestures while hearing that we join them or do they come to settle accounts? That, we will never know. But what we do know is that in ancient Egypt, death is as important as life. Because it is synonymous with eternity. So the pharaohs built huge sumptuous tombs for their eternal rest. There are some that are better left undisturbed. Like that of Tutankhamun, son of Akhenaton. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous pharaohs in history. They said he was handsome. Incredibly beautiful. It is also said that his grave is cursed. Incredibly cursed. Until 1922, his tomb resisted looters and other explorers. Then, some steps are discovered in the dust. They lead to the tomb of Tutankhamun. Inside, there is gold, do you want some here and… a curse. As soon as the sanctuary opens, the dead begin to rain down. One would have been carried away by sepsis caused by a wound similar to that of the corpse of the pharaoh, another by a fall or even pneumonia. We also discover the secrets of the tomb – like the pharaoh’s death mask and his golden coffin –, the more the morbid accidents accumulate. Coincidences for some but for others, it’s revenge. By desecrating a sacred place and stealing treasures intended for the next life, it is death that takes its revenge. It is even said that the treasures stolen from the tomb, which are displayed in museums around the world, continue to spread their curse all over the planet.