The Thieves' Quarrel was a brief conflict shortly after the Darkening of Valinor between the spider-like entity Ungoliant and Morgoth, the Dark Lord.


After the dispute over the Silmarils, Morgoth and Ungoliant fled Valinor and made it to lands above the Firth of Drengist. At this place, Ungoliant demanded payment for helping Morgoth overthrow the Two Trees of Valinor and take the Silmarils. Grudgingly, Morgoth gave her all the jewels from one hand. But he refused to hand over the Silmarils, though they burned him.

But Ungoliant, having grown to a powerful and monstrous form after consuming the light of the jewels, wrathfully ensnared and attempted to strangulate him with webs of darkness, but Morgoth sent forth a great cry. Balrogs lurking in the vaults of Angband heard him, and rushed to aid him, destroying the webs with their flaming whips. They freed him and drove Ungoliant off.

Ungoliant fled from the region, and made her abode in Nan Dungortheb. There, she mated with the giant Spiders that dwelt in the nearby Ered Gorgoroth, and devoured them. The resulting unions produced a massive brood of half-demonic spider-like children, which infested Nan Dungortheb, as well as the Mountains of Terror, throughout the subsequent years of the First Age.

After an unknown amount of time, Ungoliant abandoned her domain, and wandered into the forgotten South of the world. Although it is believed that she devoured herself amid her uttermost famine, her true fate remains unknown.

Thus saved, Morgoth rebuilt Angband, reared the mountains of Thangorodrim, marshaled armies of Orcs, and set the Silmarils in an Iron Crown for himself.

The area of his strife with Ungoliant was hereafter known as "Lammoth". If anyone shouted in that region, the cry of Morgoth would be heard as the echo.[1]


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Diewe se Rusie maak
Bulgarian Cyrillic Скандалът на крадците
Danish Skænderiet mellem Morgoth og Ungoliant
Dutch De Dieven Ruzie
Japanese 泥棒の喧嘩
Korean 도둑들의 싸움
Norwegian De Tyvenes Krangel
Russian Воровская ссора
Swedish Den Tjuvarnas Gräl
Turkish Hırsızlar'ın Kavga
Ukrainian Cyrillic Сварка злодіїв


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