This NetHack ring
bestows the stealth intrinsic
. This has little game effect other than quiet
ing your footsteps
so that you don't wake sleep
ing monsters in a room when you walk in.
This ring can occasionally be useful in conjunction with a ring of invisibility or speed boots. It's not a bad idea to polymorph into a metallivore and eat the ring (if feasible); the risk of losing the ring is probably worth taking in this case. In general, wearing the ring of stealth isn't worth the added hunger effect.