PS: Lords of the Rings

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Rings are not only items in Tolkiens big Saga. A few other productions use rings of any kind as a story driving tool, artefact or pure magic. [b]Which of these Lords of the rings is your favorite?[/b] Discuss here.

Rules:

No Tolkien stuff, no documentations, no tv-series

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls098423933/

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This one needs input of artificial or magic ring stories.
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My favorite: Dr. Stephen Strange. - Also 2 and 5 are the same
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Breumaster,

For you consideration:
The Time Machine (1960)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054387/plotsummary
... Weena knows that they are another entrance to the Morlock world because some talking rings told her. George asks her to show him the rings, and she leads him back to another dusty museum area. There is a table with some rings, and George asks Weena for a demonstration. Weena spins a ring on the tabletop, which glows underneath the ring and a voice begins to speak - apparently, this is one of man's many later technologies that had been developed and then forgotten. The voices were old news reports. The ring spoke about the end of a 326-year war, which had ended only because so many people had been killed that there were not enough people left to fight and nothing left worth fighting with or for, resources had been depleted and pollution was rapidly killing off the survivors. George spins another ring, and this recorded voice is that of one of the last people to have a past. It described that some of the few stragglers left over from the war had gone underground to survive, and a few others had remained on the surface. George learned that those had gone underground became the Morlocks, who controlled the Eloi like cattle and took them in to an unknown fate periodically. ...
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054387/mediaviewer/rm1254770688
Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux in The Time Machine 1960

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleportation_in_fiction
The most obvious instance of teleportation in the Stargate SG-1 universe is the Stargate itself ... Another prominent teleportation system is implemented between two ring platforms. Each ring platform has five rings which elevate around the transported objects and swap the contents between the two ring platforms. However, there have been some instances of using a ring transporter to teleport objects short distances having a single platform perform both the disassembly and assembly, ascending or descending in between. It is noted in the series that the ring teleporter technology is related to the Stargate technology, although the rings have limited range as they do not utilize wormholes. ...
https://www.gateworld.net/wiki/Transport_rings
Transport rings

Transportringsjpg

Circular rings about half the size of the Stargate, which function on the same principles. When in position the rings transmit all matter within their circular formation to another pair of rings at a different location, utilizing a conduit of bright energy. If there is a person or object on the receiving end, the rings can exchange the two simultaneously.

I'm have not found a suitable image on IMDb.
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Thank you, Dan. :D
'The Time Machine' was great help. It's a wonderful classic. I was a kid, when I saw it first time and was very impressed, by the rings - but a little more by the Morlocks. I love it. :)
With stargate I have a little Problem. I would put the 1999 movie on the list, if there was an image of the ring portal, but there isn't. In the 2008 movie, I still didn't find and portal image. And 'Stargate SG1' is a tv-series, wich I denied by rule.
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Breumaster,

Thanks. I missed that you were limiting this to film.

It occurred to me while I was driving that you may wish to explicitly exclude boxing and wrestling rings from your poll.

FYI:
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RingOfPower
  • In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the title character and his mentor use them to focus their magical powers (something which the fabled Prime Merlinean can supposedly do without). Despite the mentor's insistence, however, rings are not the only form of foci sorcerers can use: amongst the villains, Horvath uses a cane, Abigail Williams uses a pendant in the shape of a pentagram, and Sun Lok uses a belt buckle. Notably, Horvath makes sure to collect the rings of defeated sorcerers (keeping them on his cane) in order to increase the power of his own magic. In particular, the dragon-shaped ring given to Balthazar by the dying Merlin is supposed to recognize the Prime Merlinean by uncoiling into a tiny dragon and then coiling back into a ring on the person's finger. Presumably, this helps to ensure that the ring always fits the wearer.
  • The big final-act twist of The Phantom is the revelation that the Phantom's signet ring, handed down from father to son for hundreds of years, is a ring of power capable of counteracting the magical artifacts the villain has been collecting.
I did not find an image of a ring in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010).

The Phantom (1996)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117331/mediaviewer/rm3106994688
Billy Zane in The Phantom 1996
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No problem, Dan. :D
I'm checking your suggestion, but first go to work.
Thank you for suggesting. :D
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Breumaster,

It didn't occur to me that there would be the key word "magical-ring".

This search may help you fill out our list.
https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?keywords=magical-ring&sort=moviemeter,asc&mode=detail&a...

For your consideration:
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
The Borgia ring has the inscription: "In canis corpore transmuto", which is suppose to translate to "I transmute into a dog's body".

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053271/plotsummary
... On the way out, Wilby collides with a table that holds a display case of jewelry. He accidentally ends up with one of the rings in the cuff of his pants. It is the cursed Borgia ring, and no sooner does he read the inscription on it ("In canis corpore transmuto," which, unknown to Wilby, means, "Into a dog's body I change") then he transforms into Chiffon, Francesca's shaggy "Bratislavian sheepdog" . Confused, Wilby as a dog goes to Professor Plumcutt, who says he has invoked the Borgia curse upon himself, which can only be broken through a heroic act of selflessness. ...
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053271/mediaviewer/rm2945266688
Tommy Kirk in The Shaggy Dog 1959
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Breu, you missed this correction.
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released .... ok.
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Also, please correct:
Rings are not only items in Tolkien's big saga.
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Jessica:
Done. :D
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Jessica:
Done. :D
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Hallo, Dan. :D
It's good when the rings are magical artefacts, but when you look at the list you'll find Sandler in 'Uncut Gems', where he trades with story driving rings (sportleague). Many story turns depend on these rings in this movie. They are not magic. Same deal for one of the only six existing rings, Frank Sheeran gains in 'The Irishmen'. It's a key scene that tells how much the cons trust him.
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So the ring does'nt necessarilly have to be magic or an artefact. But it's still ok, when it is. :D
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Dan:
I got a little more precise in the intro. I hope it's more clear now. :D
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Breumaster,

The intro is more clear.

I humbly offer these suggested edits:

Saga should be lower case.*
Rings are not only items in Tolkiens big Saga.

Rings are not only items in Tolkiens big saga.

Artifacts is misspelled. I'm also suggesting some rewording.
A few other productions use rings of any kind as a story driving tool, rings of special meaning, artefacts or rings of pure magic.

A few other productions use many different kinds of rings as a story driving tool, rings with special meaning, artifacts or rings of pure magic.

* Note: After studying German for a few years. I have a tendency of capitalizing nouns in English when I am tired.
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Thank you, Dan. :D
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Breumaster,

Thank you for making the edits.

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FYC: Help! (1965), Ringo gets a a sarificial ring from a fan and becomes the target of a religious cult as he is unable to remove the ring from his finger.
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Hi, pencho. :D
I've put Ringo on the list and changed the text a little.
I hope it fits. :D
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Thank you.
That was fast. I still got many ideas. Let me think of. :D