It is a ring that Gollum refers to as “my precious”. The ring drove men who possessed it or tried to possess it to madness and to the brink of death.
What causes us to want a new car? What causes us to desire a bigger house, a more prominent position, or anything that becomes so predominant in our lives that we think of nothing else?
Is it the power we seek? Is it the title? Is it the applause of men?
What is it that we seek in our lives? What is it that drives men in their efforts to be close to it, to touch it, to make it their own? And to keep all others away from it?