These are going to get short for a few days again. I’m going out of town!
Frodo and Sam have seemingly completed their escape, coming out into the (relatively) bright lands of Mordor. Frodo’s screaming his head off, which isn’t the brightest thing. Sam follows, keeping an eye on the cave exit to make sure that they aren’t being chased.
A brief history of Shelob follows. She has lived in this land long, since before any people, good or evil, came to it. Her children have spread all over the continent, but she is the last great spider. Gollum found her, years ago, and began to worship her. Somehow, she allowed this, and he promised to bring her the only thing that she values: food.
-Ungoliant: Mother of all spiders! A great evil servant of Melkor/Morgoth in the old days. Shelob’s mother.
This is all to say that there is a horrible feeling of dread hanging over Frodo and Sam’s escape. Sam can’t shake it, and the feeling is that Frodo’s shouting isn’t helping anything. Meanwhile, we get a profile of the creature hunting them, and it sounds like she isn’t done yet.
Spoilers, right? Again, this isn’t for the first-timers.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 3 – “You worshiped her? No. That’s bad.”
In other news, Shelob occasionally mates with her own sons, and then kills them. Motherly love at its finest!
Oedipus had this problem a little bit too.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
We’ve mentioned her already, yes, but not without the possessive “s”. THIS IS A DIFFERENT WORD, YOU GUYS.
No one dies today.
“Little she knew of or cared for towers, or rings, or anything devised by mind or hand, who only desired death for all others, mind and body, and for herself a glut of life, alone, swollen till the…”
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