Hircine's Ring is a Daedric artefact created by the Daedric prince Hircine, the Huntsman of the Princes. It grants the wearer abilities associated with Lycanthropy. It is a metallic ring and has an engraved wolf head. Lycanthropes who possess the ring are not affected by bloodlust or by the moons.
The Ring makes various appearances throughout The Elder Scrolls and the methods of acquiring it are different in each game:
- Hircine's Ring (Daggerfall)
- Hircine's Ring (Bloodmoon)
- Hircine's Ring (Skyrim)
- Hircine's Ring (Merchandise)
However, in the events leading up to the Warp in the West, an agent of the Blades summoned Hircine through the Glenmorial Coven and was told to kill an ungrateful wereboar. In return, a worshipper of Hircine gave the ring to the agent. By 3E 427, Tharsten was once again in possession of the ring until he was captured by the Hounds of Hircine to act as Prey during the fulfillment of the Bloodmoon Prophecy. He was brought to the icy tunnels within the Mortrag Glacier, and took part in Hircine's Hunt. Tharsten came across the Nerevarine during the hunt, and used the ring to transform into a werewolf and attack. The Nerevarine defeated him and became the new owner of the ring.
Around 4E 201, a Nord werewolf named Sinding stole the Ring of Hircine in an attempt to control his transformations into beast form. His plan backfired when Hircine cursed the ring, causing the wearer to transform at random and making it impossible to take off unless another willingly accepts it. Sinding was captured in Falkreath and thrown in jail for the murder of a young girl while in his beast form. The Last Dragonborn visited Sinding in his jail cell, and accepted the ring from him, hoping to appease Hircine and have the curse removed. Sinding escaped from jail, and the Dragonborn hunted down a rare White Stag to earn the Prince's favor. Upon contacting Hircine, the Dragonborn learned that the Prince would not forgive Sinding's betrayal, and had tasked hunters with killing and skinning him in return for the Savior's Hide. It is unknown if the Dragonborn joined the Hunt and lost the ring, saved Sinding from the hunters and had Hircine remove the curse, or betrayed Sinding by eliminating the hunters before turning on him and claiming both artifacts.