• Ringe in Kulturgeschichte und Erzählforschung

    Author(s):
    Klaus Graf (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Culture, History
    Item Type:
    Book section
    Tag(s):
    Cultural history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/hb1c-kf26
    Abstract:
    Ringe in Kulturgeschichte und Erzählforschung, in: Ringe der Macht, hrsg. von Harald Meller u.a. (= Tagungen des Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Halle 21), Halle 2019, S. 163-176 Rings in cultural history and narrative research. Stories about vanished rings, whether found again in the belly of a fish or – as at Merseburg – pilfered by the raven, illustrate by means of their loss the special importance of the jewellery for the owners. Around the world, magic rings have to be retrieved adventurously in a variety of fairy tales. Specific »rings of power« pertain to the ubiquitous magic rings: aristocratic family talismans, for example the Dessau »Toad Ring« of the House of Anhalt. The fortune of the dynasty was inseparably linked to them. Rings manifest - as symbols of loyalty - bonds, such as the Ring of Recognition which on his return the lost husband throws into his wife's cup. An engagement ring, slipped on a statue, is a magical prop of literary material popular since the 12th century. The loss of a ring is considered an ill omen: If faith is broken, the ring breaks in two.
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