An inscribed gold ring sat on an ornate table in the waiting room area of the Black Lodge. It had an inset circle, composed of jade or a similar substance, which was inscribed with an insignia from the petroglyph on the wall of Owl Cave. The symbol somewhat resembled two peaks surrounding a central diamond, or an owl in flight.
19th century Edit
In September 1805, the Corps of Discovery made contact with the Nez Perce tribe in northwestern Washington and treated with their chief Twisted Hair. The chief told Meriwether Lewis about a sacred grove above the nearby falls where several white men lived, and gave him three bizarre artifacts they had given to the tribe. One of these was an inscribed gold ring, which Lewis sketched for President Thomas Jefferson in a dispatch. After visiting the sacred place, Lewis destroyed the map but wrote that he intended to keep the ring.
After Lewis' mysterious death at Grinder's Stand in October 1809, the leather pouch which Priscilla Grinder had seen him worrying the night before his death was found in his possessions, empty. Garland Briggs posited that the traitor General James Neely had a hand in Lewis' death and speculated that he might have taken the ring for himself.
| One day, my log will have something to say about this.|
In early 1988, the ring was in the possession of Teresa Banks, an underage waitress and prostitute living in Deer Meadow. She was photographed wearing it on her left hand. By the night of Banks' murder, however, it had gone missing.
While conducting Banks' autopsy, FBI agents Chet Desmond and Sam Stanley noticed the indentation on Banks' finger where the ring had been, and asked Sheriff Cable if he had found it in her belongings, to no avail. When Desmond returned to the Fat Trout Trailer Park the next evening, he saw Teresa's ring on a pile of dirt beneath the trailer where Mrs. Chalfont and her grandson lived, and reached out to take it. Desmond was soon afterward reported missing.
"Don't take the ring, Laura. Don't take the ring."―Dale Cooper[src]
The week before Laura Palmer's death, she and her father Leland were accosted on the road by MIKE's host Philip Gerard, who was wearing the ring on his right pinky. He waved it for Laura to see while trying to shout to her that Leland was BOB's host, but she couldn't hear over Leland gunning the engine. She later remembered seeing the ring on Teresa's hand the year before. In a dream, the arm waved his hand over the ring and then extended it to Laura, as Dale Cooper warned her not to take it. When she woke, she was terrified to find it in her hand, but it then disappeared.
After Laura and Ronette were abducted by BOB and brought to the train graveyard in the woods, MIKE threw the ring into the car after Ronette escaped. Laura placed it on her hand, causing Leland to scream in despair and ask, "Don't make me do this!" He then beat Laura to death.
In March 1989, Annie Blackburn emerged from the Black Lodge wearing the ring. While she was being treated, an attending nurse at Calhoun Memorial Hospital removed the ring and, in a revelry, put it on her own finger.
21st century Edit
Dougie Jones, a copy of Dale Cooper, wore the ring on his left hand at the time of his death. Just before he was returned to the waiting room, Jones experienced his left arm going numb and became violently ill. Once there, he began to shrink and the ring fell off his hand. Jones then turned into a black cloud of smoke and shrunk into a gold orb. MIKE collected the orb and the ring, returning the latter to its table.
Ray Monroe was given the ring by a man dressed as a prison guard at Yankton Federal Prison. He was ordered by someone claiming to be Phillip Jeffries to place it on the body of Cooper's doppelganger after killing him, as Cooper had something "inside him" that "Jeffries" wanted.
After tracking down Ray at the farm, the doppelganger ordered him to put on the ring, and then shot him after obtaining Jeffries' location. The ring disappeared, then landed on the floor of the waiting room. Ray's corpse later appeared there as well, and MIKE once again placed the ring back on its table.
Following Dale Cooper's return to full consciousness, MIKE appeared before him. MIKE revealed that the doppelganger was still at large in the world, and then gave the ring to Cooper. Cooper hid the ring beneath his pillow just as Janey-E and Sonny Jim Jones arrived.
At the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department, Lucy Brennan shot and apparently killed Cooper's doppelganger. The real Cooper placed the ring on his doppelganger's finger, transporting both to the waiting room.
Behind the scenesEdit
In the convenience store sequence of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the arm says to BOB, "With this ring, I thee wed." There does appear to be a circular indentation in the formica table where the arm sits, possibly suggesting that the ring's green stone is cut from the table itself.