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{{Infobox Person Servants of Evil
 
{{Infobox Person Servants of Evil
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| caption = Shelob faces Samwise Gamgee
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| name = Shelob
 
| name = Shelob
| othernames = "Her", "She", Her Ladyship, "My cat" (by [[Sauron]])
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| othernames = Her Ladyship<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', Book Five, Ch. X: "[[The Choices of Master Samwise]]", pg. 739</ref>
| title = The Shadow Spider
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| birth = Unknown, possibly during the [[First Age]]
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| death = Unknown, possibly TA 3019
 
| death = Unknown, possibly TA 3019
 
| realms = [[Torech Ungol]]
 
| realms = [[Torech Ungol]]
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| weapon = Venom, fangs, claws, webs
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| race = Demigoddess (half-[[Spiders|Great Spider]], half-[[Maia]])
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| race = [[Spiders]]
| culture = Great spiders (children of [[Ungoliant]])
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| culture = Descendant of [[Ungoliant]]<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', Book Five, Ch. X: "[[The Choices of Master Samwise]]", pg. 739</ref>
 
| gender = Female
 
| gender = Female
| height = Large and immense
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| eyes = Black
 
| eyes = Black
| actor = N/A - CGI
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| actor = [[Pollyanna McIntosh]] (''Middle-earth: Shadow of War'')
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{{Quote|But still she was there, who was there before [[Sauron]], and before the first stone of [[Barad-dûr]]; and she served none but herself, drinking the blood of [[Elves]] and [[Men]], bloated and grown fat with endless brooding on her feasts, weaving webs of shadow; for all living things were her food, and her vomit darkness.|''The Two Towers''}}
 
'''Shelob''' was a [[Great Spiders|Great Spider]]. She was the greatest offspring of [[Ungoliant]]. During the [[Third Age]] she lived in [[Mordor]] and was known to feed indiscriminately, preying on [[orc]]s, [[men]], [[elves]], and [[dwarves]] alike. She was encountered by [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] in their quest to destroy the [[One Ring]].
 
   
==Biography==
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{{quote|But still, she was there, who was there before Sauron, and before the first stone of Barad-dûr; and she served none but herself, drinking the blood of Elves and Men, bloated and grown fat with endless brooding on her feasts, weaving webs of shadow; for all living things were her food, and her vomit darkness.|''The Two Towers'', "[[Shelob's Lair (chapter)|Shelob's Lair]]"}}
   
[[File:Shelob_fighting.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Shelob battling Sam.]]
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'''Shelob''' was a great [[Spider]] and the greatest offspring of [[Ungoliant]], the primordial spider. In the [[Third Age]] she lived in [[Mordor]] and was known to feed indiscriminately, preying on the inhabitants. She was encountered by [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] in their quest to destroy the [[One Ring]].
   
Shelob's early history is completely unknown, save for the assumption that she was born in the [[Ered Gorgoroth]] during the early [[First Age]]. By the [[Second Age]], she often feasted on her own children, and that at some point after fleeing from [[Beleriand]], yet long before [[Sauron]] took the land of [[Mordor]] for himself--even before the first stone of [[Barad-dûr]] was placed--she spun a dark lair in [[Ephel Duath]] (Mountains of Shadow), near [[Cirith Ungol]] in the passes above [[Minas Morgul]]. For hundreds of years, she resided in this mountainous region, making a labyrinth of webs within a network of caves to better trap her prey, which included all creatures great and small. She feasted primarily on those who wandered into her web, although if a particularly juicy morsel was available, she would silently pursue and kill it.
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==Biography==
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===Early life===
   
Sauron was aware of Shelob's presence in the mountains and allowed her to dwell there. It proved to be beneficial to them both: in return for protecting the most secret passes into Sauron's domain, Shelob got free reign to do as she would. On occasion, Sauron even left prisoners where she could find and devour them, or sent servants who displeased him there to their doom. Sauron with a rare show of humour called her "his cat", as she functioned like a cat, being a pet that did not accept his authority. She knew and cared little for rings or towers, existing only to gorge her insatiable appetite for flesh and blood.
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Shelob's early history is completely unknown, save for the assumption that she was born in the [[Ered Gorgoroth]] and that she was the "last child" of Ungoliant. By the [[Second Age]], she often feasted on her own children, and that at some point after fleeing from [[Beleriand]], yet long before [[Sauron]] took the land of [[Mordor]] for himself she spun a dark lair in the [[Ephel Duath]] (Mountains of Shadow), near [[Cirith Ungol]] in the passes above [[Minas Morgul]]. For hundreds of years, she resided there making a labyrinth of webs within a network of caves to better trap her prey, which included all creatures great and small. She feasted primarily on those who wandered into her webs, though if a particularly juicy morsel was available, she would silently pursue and kill it.
   
At one point, [[Gollum]], after being set free from Mordor, stumbled into her lair; it is not known what he sought there. As he mainly prefers staying away from danger, and the cave being littered with bones from Shelob's meals evidently is dangerous, he must have had a clear purpose. He survived his encounter with Shelob by promising to bring her tastier meats. The Orcs in Cirith Ungol apparently know him well and have seen him on several occasions in the caves; they comment mockingly that he is probably not good for eating. So one can speculate Gollum has served as Shelob's servant on several occasions.
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===Third Age===
   
This promise was fulfilled when Gollum led the Ringbearer and his servant into her lair in hopes that she would kill them, allowing him to reclaim his precious since she does not care for it. [[Frodo]] and [[Sam]], immediately noticed that the cave reeked extremely foul and had an evil air. Gollum had already sneaked away, leaving them alone. They managed to pass a barrier of cobwebs, Frodo slashing them with [[Sting]]; Sam's sword was incapable of harming the webs. Using the [[Phial of Galadriel]], they managed to fend her off the first time. Earendil's Star the Light from the Phial, caused unbearable stabbing pain to Shelob's darkened senses,but she returned, to attack Frodo poisoning him with her stinger in a surprise attack just as they had reached the exit of the cave on the Mordor side.
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Sauron was aware of Shelob's presence in the mountains and allowed her to dwell there, for she made an excellent, if incidental, guard for the passage of Cirith Ungol. [[Sauron]] was known to be somewhat fond of her, and in a rare show of humor, was even known to refer to her as his cat. Sauron would sometimes give her food in the form of prisoners for which he had no more use, or servants who had displeased him. Reports of the massacre made by Shelob would be carried back to [[Barad-dur]] to further please the Dark Lord's humor. She would also sometimes eat [[Orcs]] that manned the tower of Cirith Ungol. However, as she was a more effective guard for the pass than they, Sauron never made any serious attempt to stop her (though Orcs would occasionally try to barricade her lair with stones).
   
Sam then assaulted the creature using Sting in order to save his master, who lay poisoned after Shelob's surprise attack.  In a pitched battle, Sam managed to stab one of her great eyes, injure her leg, and pierce her great belly, the most grievous wound.  Sam was lucky indeed, as Shelob caused this wound herself, when she attempted to stab him with the venomous stinger in the underside of her abdomen. None had ever wounded her so badly before.
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At one point after being set free from Mordor, [[Gollum]] stumbled into her lair while attempting to escape the barren country. She caught him, but he survived the encounter by promising to bring her tastier meats than he.<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', Book Four, Ch. IX: "[[Shelob's Lair (chapter)|Shelob's Lair]]", pp. 723</ref> Orcs of Cirith Ungol had seen him on several occasions and believed that he was too thin and wiry for Shelob to bother eating.<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', Book Five, Ch. X: "[[The Choices of Master Samwise]]", pgs. 738-739 </ref>
   
It is not known if Shelob recovered from the battle, or if she succumbed to her wounds, as the book specifies that her fate will remain unknown to the people of [[Middle-earth]]. The last time she is mentioned is when Sam wears the one ring, and hears Shelob "bubbling" in her misery faraway, as his sense of hearing is vastly improved by wearing the Ring.
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Gollum would attempt later to fulfill this promise by leading [[Frodo]] and [[Sam]] into her lair and abandoning them. His hope was that once Shelob finished eating the two hobbits, she would throw away the Ring with the other parts of the hobbits that she could not eat, allowing Gollum to retrieve it. The two hobbits eventually happened upon a passageway that was too choked with Shelob's dark cobwebs to proceed, but as fortune would have it, Frodo's sword [[Sting]], being of Elvish make, was able to slice through them. Using the [[Phial of Galadriel]], they managed to at first fend her off. The light of [[Star of Eärendil|Earendil's Star]] shone from the Phial, caused unbearable stabbing pain to Shelob's darkened senses, but she returned to attack Frodo poisoning him with her stinger in a surprise attack just as they had reached the exit of the cave on the Mordor side.
   
While Shelob's ultimate fate was unknown, her offspring (which were lucky enough to escape her hunger) continued to produce new generations of spiders. At some point after [[Men]] took dominion over all the world, the great Spiders disappearedIf Shelob did survive her encounter with Samwise and Frodo, she was the last of her kind in Middle-earth.
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Sam then assaulted the creature using Sting in order to rescue his master, who lay poisoned after Shelob's surprise attack. In a pitched battle, Sam managed to stab one of her great eyes, injuring her leg, and pierce her great belly, the most grievous wound. Sam was lucky indeed as Shelob caused this wound herself, when she tried to stab him with the venomous stinger in the underside of her abdomenNone had ever wounded her so badly before.<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', Book Five, Ch. X: "[[The Choices of Master Samwise]]", pg. 729</ref>
   
==Appearance==
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It is not known if Shelob recovered from the battle, or if she succumbed to her wounds, as it was said her fate would remain unknown to the people of [[Middle-earth]]. She is last mentioned when Sam put on the One Ring, and heard Shelob "bubbling" in her misery far away, as his sense of hearing was vastly improved by wearing the Ring.
   
[[File:Shelob.png|thumb|Shelob's face.]]
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== Character ==
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As a spawn of Ungoliant, Shelob would accurately be classified as part spider, part demon (to an unknown extent), though of a spider form. Like most spiders, Shelob had spindly legs, multiple eyes, and venomous chelicerae. She usually immobilized her prey with her paralyzing sting that enabled her to feed on her victims at her leisure, but could also crush her prey to death by swiftly dropping on them. Her head was cris-crossed with scars and she had a number of missing eyes. The Orcs comment she usually would paralyze her victims and trap them in webs, keeping them alive for some time before killing them.
   
Like most spiders, Shelob had spindly legs, multiple eyes, and venomous chelicerae. She usually immobilized her prey with her paralyzing bite that enabled her to feed on her victims at her leisure, but could also crush her prey to death by swiftly dropping on them. Her head was cris-crossed with scars, and she had a number of missing eyes. The Orcs comment she usually would paralyze her victims and trap them in webs, keeping them alive for some time before killing them.
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== Portrayal in adaptations ==
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=== Ralph Bakshi's film ===
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Gollum indirectly mentions Shelob near the end of [[Ralph Bakshi]]'s [[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|1978 film]], saying that "she might help us...", but she does not appear.
   
==Portrayal in adaptations==
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=== The Lord of the Rings film trilogy ===
===Ralph Bakshi version===
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Unlike in the books, Shelob makes her first appearance in [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Return of the King (film)|The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]'', rather than ''[[The Two Towers (film)|The Two Towers]]'', because (as explained) if she had appeared in ''The Two Towers'', there would be very little for [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] to encounter in the final film. In this adaptation, Shelob appears as a CGI animated creature, roughly eight feet in length and seventeen feet across.
Gollum gives an indirect mention of Shelob near the end of the film, saying that "she might help us..." but she does not appear.
 
===Rankin/Bass===
 
Shelob does not appear, nor is she mentioned in [[Rankin/Bass|Jules Bass/ Arthur Rankin Jr's]] [[The Return of the King (1980 film)|1980 animated film]].
 
===Lord of the Rings film trilogy===
 
Unlike the books, Shelob makes her first appearance in [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Return of the King (film)|The Return of the King]]'', rather then ''[[The Two Towers (film)|The Two Towers]]'', explained as that, if she had appeared in ''The Two Towers'', there would be very little for Sam and Frodo to do in the final film.  In this adaptation, Shelob appears as a CGI animated creature, roughly eight feet in length and seventeen feet across.
 
   
===Translations around the World===
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=== Middle-earth: Shadow of War ===
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{{Spoiler}}[[File:Shelob in Shadow of War.png|thumb|220x220px|Shelob as she appears in ''Middle-earth: Shadow of War'']]
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Shelob, in ''[[Middle-earth: Shadow of War]],'' is visible in human form in the wraith-world. In the game, she has [[Celebrimbor]]'s [[The New Ring|ring]] for quite some time while giving [[Talion]] visions about the fate of [[Minas Ithil]] (Minas Morgul) and the [[Ringwraiths]]. It is also seen in the game that Shelob was working with Sauron during the period he was posing as Annatar, and was implied to be his lover before he betrayed her. The mobile version of ''Shadow of War'' classifies Shelob as a [[Maiar|Maia]], though [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] never specified her exact nature.  {{Endspoiler}}  
   
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|Shelob.jpg|Shelob following [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]
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|Shelob2.jpg|Shelob fighting Sam in the books
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|Shelob_fighting.jpg|Shelob battling Sam in the films
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|Shelob_3.jpg|Shelob in ''The Battle for Middle-earth II''
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|Shelob_4.jpg|
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|Lego lotr evil characters final.jpg|Shelob (in the background) from [[LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game]]
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|ShelobSpiderC.png|Shelob in spider form in ''Shadow of War''
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|ShelobShadowC.png|Shelob in human form in ''Shadow of War''
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|ShelobRingC.png|Shelob's human form in ''Shadow of War'', with [[Celebrimbor]]'s ring
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==Translations==
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| width="300" |'''Foreign Language'''
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| width="300" |'''Translated name'''
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|صهيلوب
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|Շելոբ
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|Шелоб
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|Šeloba
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|Корубана
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|Aranyerra
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|屍羅
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|Sheloba
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|Odula
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|Lukitar
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|Arachne (First translation)
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Araigne (Second translation)
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|შელობ
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|Kankra
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|Σέλομπ
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|ષ્હેલોબ
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|シェロブ
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|Kannada
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|ಷೆಲೊಬ್
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|Шелоб (Cyrillic) Şelob (Latin)
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|Kyrgyz Cyrillic
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|Сhэлоб
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|Šeloba
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|Шелоб
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|षेलोब
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|Шелоб
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|ष्हेलोब
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|Hutula
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|صهېلوب
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|شیلاب
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|Szeloba
 
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|Шелоб
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|ष्हेलोब्
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|Шелоба (Cyrillic) Šeloba (Latin)
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|Opucha
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|Ella-Laraña
 
|Ella-Laraña
 
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|Shelob
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|Honmonstret (first translation)
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Lockan (second translation)
 
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|Arachne
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|Сҳелоб
 
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|ஷ்ஹெலொப்
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|ష్హెలొబ
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|ชีล็อบ
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|Шелоб
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|شالوب
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|Uzbek
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|Челоб (Cyrillic) Chelob (Latin)
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|Yiddish
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|שעלאָב
 
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===Video games===
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{{Clear}}
   
*She was a [[Goblin]] hero in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II]] ''video game, even though she is a neutral character. She also appeared as a boss in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
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{{Ainur}}
*She also appears in [[LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game]] as a boss, fought by Sam (and Shagrat, for co-op purposes).  
 
* She appears in [[The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring]], as a reluctant ally to the minions of Sauron.  
 
   
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==References==
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Image:Shelob_3.jpg|Shelob in LOTR BFME 2
 
Image:Shelob_4.jpg|Shelob in the game as a Hero
 
Image:Lego lotr evil characters final.jpg|Shelob (in the background) from [[LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game]]
 
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"But still, she was there, who was there before Sauron, and before the first stone of Barad-dûr; and she served none but herself, drinking the blood of Elves and Men, bloated and grown fat with endless brooding on her feasts, weaving webs of shadow; for all living things were her food, and her vomit darkness."
The Two Towers, "Shelob's Lair"

Shelob was a great Spider and the greatest offspring of Ungoliant, the primordial spider. In the Third Age she lived in Mordor and was known to feed indiscriminately, preying on the inhabitants. She was encountered by Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee in their quest to destroy the One Ring.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Shelob's early history is completely unknown, save for the assumption that she was born in the Ered Gorgoroth and that she was the "last child" of Ungoliant. By the Second Age, she often feasted on her own children, and that at some point after fleeing from Beleriand, yet long before Sauron took the land of Mordor for himself she spun a dark lair in the Ephel Duath (Mountains of Shadow), near Cirith Ungol in the passes above Minas Morgul. For hundreds of years, she resided there making a labyrinth of webs within a network of caves to better trap her prey, which included all creatures great and small. She feasted primarily on those who wandered into her webs, though if a particularly juicy morsel was available, she would silently pursue and kill it.

Third AgeEdit

Sauron was aware of Shelob's presence in the mountains and allowed her to dwell there, for she made an excellent, if incidental, guard for the passage of Cirith Ungol. Sauron was known to be somewhat fond of her, and in a rare show of humor, was even known to refer to her as his cat. Sauron would sometimes give her food in the form of prisoners for which he had no more use, or servants who had displeased him. Reports of the massacre made by Shelob would be carried back to Barad-dur to further please the Dark Lord's humor. She would also sometimes eat Orcs that manned the tower of Cirith Ungol. However, as she was a more effective guard for the pass than they, Sauron never made any serious attempt to stop her (though Orcs would occasionally try to barricade her lair with stones).

At one point after being set free from Mordor, Gollum stumbled into her lair while attempting to escape the barren country. She caught him, but he survived the encounter by promising to bring her tastier meats than he.[3] Orcs of Cirith Ungol had seen him on several occasions and believed that he was too thin and wiry for Shelob to bother eating.[4]

Gollum would attempt later to fulfill this promise by leading Frodo and Sam into her lair and abandoning them. His hope was that once Shelob finished eating the two hobbits, she would throw away the Ring with the other parts of the hobbits that she could not eat, allowing Gollum to retrieve it. The two hobbits eventually happened upon a passageway that was too choked with Shelob's dark cobwebs to proceed, but as fortune would have it, Frodo's sword Sting, being of Elvish make, was able to slice through them. Using the Phial of Galadriel, they managed to at first fend her off. The light of Earendil's Star shone from the Phial, caused unbearable stabbing pain to Shelob's darkened senses, but she returned to attack Frodo poisoning him with her stinger in a surprise attack just as they had reached the exit of the cave on the Mordor side.

Sam then assaulted the creature using Sting in order to rescue his master, who lay poisoned after Shelob's surprise attack. In a pitched battle, Sam managed to stab one of her great eyes, injuring her leg, and pierce her great belly, the most grievous wound. Sam was lucky indeed as Shelob caused this wound herself, when she tried to stab him with the venomous stinger in the underside of her abdomen. None had ever wounded her so badly before.[5]

It is not known if Shelob recovered from the battle, or if she succumbed to her wounds, as it was said her fate would remain unknown to the people of Middle-earth. She is last mentioned when Sam put on the One Ring, and heard Shelob "bubbling" in her misery far away, as his sense of hearing was vastly improved by wearing the Ring.

Character Edit

As a spawn of Ungoliant, Shelob would accurately be classified as part spider, part demon (to an unknown extent), though of a spider form. Like most spiders, Shelob had spindly legs, multiple eyes, and venomous chelicerae. She usually immobilized her prey with her paralyzing sting that enabled her to feed on her victims at her leisure, but could also crush her prey to death by swiftly dropping on them. Her head was cris-crossed with scars and she had a number of missing eyes. The Orcs comment she usually would paralyze her victims and trap them in webs, keeping them alive for some time before killing them.

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Ralph Bakshi's film Edit

Gollum indirectly mentions Shelob near the end of Ralph Bakshi's 1978 film, saying that "she might help us...", but she does not appear.

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy Edit

Unlike in the books, Shelob makes her first appearance in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, rather than The Two Towers, because (as explained) if she had appeared in The Two Towers, there would be very little for Frodo and Sam to encounter in the final film. In this adaptation, Shelob appears as a CGI animated creature, roughly eight feet in length and seventeen feet across.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Edit

Shelob in Shadow of War

Shelob as she appears in Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Shelob, in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, is visible in human form in the wraith-world. In the game, she has Celebrimbor's ring for quite some time while giving Talion visions about the fate of Minas Ithil (Minas Morgul) and the Ringwraiths. It is also seen in the game that Shelob was working with Sauron during the period he was posing as Annatar, and was implied to be his lover before he betrayed her. The mobile version of Shadow of War classifies Shelob as a Maia, though J.R.R. Tolkien never specified her exact nature.    

Gallery Edit

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Shelob following Frodo
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Shelob fighting Sam in the books
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Shelob battling Sam in the films
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Shelob in The Battle for Middle-earth II
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Shelob (in the background) from LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game
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Shelob in spider form in Shadow of War
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Shelob in human form in Shadow of War
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Shelob's human form in Shadow of War, with Celebrimbor's ring

TranslationsEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጽሀሎብ
Arabic صهيلوب
Armenian Շելոբ
Belarusian Cyrillic Шелоб
Bosnian Šeloba
Bulgarian Cyrillic Корубана
Catalan Aranyerra
Chinese (Hong Kong) 屍羅
Croatian Sheloba
Czech Odula
Finnish Lukitar
French Arachne (First translation)

Araigne (Second translation)

Georgian შელობ
German Kankra
Greek Σέλομπ
Gujarati ષ્હેલોબ
Hebrew שילוב
Hindi शेलोब
Hungarian Banyapók
Icelandic Skella
Japanese シェロブ
Kannada ಷೆಲೊಬ್
Kazakh Шелоб (Cyrillic) Şelob (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Сhэлоб
Lithuanian Šeloba
Macedonian Cyrillic Шелоб
Marathi षेलोब
Mongolian Cyrillic Шелоб
Nepalese ष्हेलोब
Norwegian Hutula
Pashto صهېلوب
Persian شیلاب
Polish Szeloba
Portuguese (Brazil) Laracna
Portuguese (Portugal) Shelob
Punjabi ਸ਼ਏਲੋਬ ?
Russian Шелоб
Sanskrit ष्हेलोब्
Serbian Шелоба (Cyrillic) Šeloba (Latin)
Sinhalese ෂ්හෙලොබ්
Slovak Opucha
Spanish (Spain) Ella-Laraña
Swedish Honmonstret (first translation)

Lockan (second translation)

Tajik Cyrillic Сҳелоб
Tamil ஷ்ஹெலொப்
Telugu ష్హెలొబ
Thai ชีล็อบ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Шелоб
Urdu شالوب
Uzbek Челоб (Cyrillic) Chelob (Latin)
Yiddish שעלאָב

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Five, Ch. X: "The Choices of Master Samwise", pg. 739
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Five, Ch. X: "The Choices of Master Samwise", pg. 739
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Ch. IX: "Shelob's Lair", pp. 723
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Five, Ch. X: "The Choices of Master Samwise", pgs. 738-739
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Five, Ch. X: "The Choices of Master Samwise", pg. 729
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