We went and saw the final installment of the Hobbit the other day.
May I just say, Tolkien is one of the few authors that I truly admire. The world he has created feels so real, and it did for me long before Peter Jackson made it so.
Inspired by that film, I created these:
I'm calling them Buckler Rings. The Buckler was a small, round shield that could be hung from the belt and was most often used in hand-to-hand combat.
Medieval Heraldic images are sawn from even tinier shield shapes and soldered onto the hammered copper. The bands are riveted on. I wanted the ring to look beat up and weathered, as if it had been dug from an Arthurian archaeology site so there's plenty of texture and a dark patina.
The Tree symbol in this form, with branches and bare trunk represents growth and new life, a starting over.
The outline of the antlers represents strength and fortitude.
Finally, the Fleur-de-lis, while being the Royal symbol of France, also signifies purity or loyalty.
The best part?
They're Midis. So when you wear them, they have this definite armor-esque quality that will have you reaching for your sword and shield.
In the shop, here.
Fare thee well, my good ladies.