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Gollum is focused on his new ring. There is magic inside, he can feel it. A beautiful black ring with some golden symbols. He wants to know the power of this jewel but he can't wait to go back home to use an elvish dictionary.

Can you help him find out ?

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HINT :

Elvish language

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice visuals. It seems that the "inner" text appears to be in the lower 2/3 of the ring - is this correct/important ? $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest May 25 '16 at 7:20
  • $\begingroup$ @BmyG textuest It is supposed to be at the level as the outter text $\endgroup$ – Fabich May 25 '16 at 7:30
  • $\begingroup$ Jewel? I don't see a jewel. $\endgroup$ – corsiKa May 25 '16 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ @corsiKa - a jewel can just mean a treasured person/item. It does not need to be a literal jewel, which I assume is the case here. $\endgroup$ – Broots Waymb May 25 '16 at 19:49
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The power of the ring is ...

Faux Elvish inscriptions overlaid

The word can be seen in capital Latin letters when one rotates one of the partial inscriptions by 180° around the "finger" axis of the ring and overlays the two parts. The red parts come from the inscription on the inside of the ring and the black parts are the inscription on the outside of the ring.

The reference to the Elvish script is ...

... a red herring.

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    $\begingroup$ You say the hint was a red herring. So are hints that aren't hints allowed? I guess they would be, just curious if it was ever brought up on meta. $\endgroup$ – Insane May 25 '16 at 9:42
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    $\begingroup$ Probably it is not red herring, but refers to Boustrophedon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boustrophedon $\endgroup$ – kamenf May 25 '16 at 10:04
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    $\begingroup$ Well, I thought it was a red herring; maybe I'm wrong. I imagined the ring as being made from two concentric transparent halves which were then rotated to line up. The mirrored part on the inside would then been seen as unmirrored when seen from outside. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm May 25 '16 at 10:11
  • $\begingroup$ Wait, so this ring has the power of the previous one without the evil (basically)? $\endgroup$ – SMS von der Tann May 25 '16 at 12:45
  • $\begingroup$ The leap from Tolkein's elvish language to Boustrophedon is pretty outrageous, per the linked Wiki page: "It has been described as a script that looks like a "mixture of Hebrew, Greek, and Pitman's shorthand."[3] Unfortunately, there are no clues as to what writing systems influenced Tolkien's scripts. This also might mean that his invented scripts found their origins from his mind alone." - the Wiki page proffered as a hint, at least, does nothing to direct the reader in that vein. $\endgroup$ – Jason May 25 '16 at 16:52

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