But around the outside someone later carved a name, Senicianus, and a garbled text that seems to be "vivas in deo," lives in God, which was a Christian saying.
If this is a coincidence, it's a quite striking one.
To make matters even more interesting, Wheeler took the ring, with its circular inscription, to a philologist named J.R.R. Tolkien for help with the translations. Who thereby got his hands on an actual cursed ring from ancient times.
The person who recently put this on Twitter, Gareth Harney, wonders if this piqued Tolkien's interest in magic rings, but I think the old German Siegfried legend, as filtered through Wagner, is the real source. Still, it's fun to imagine what Tolkien made of this little stolen treasure.