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'''Ungoliant''' was an evil spirit in the form of a [[spider]] who dwelt in [[Avathar]] in the [[First Age]].  
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'''Ungoliant''' was an evil spirit in a form that greatly resembled a massive [[spider]] who dwelt in [[Avathar]] prior to the [[First Age]].  
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
It is thought that she may have been one of the [[Maiar]] whom [[Melkor]] corrupted long ago, but she is not listed among the [[Ainur]]. It is also said, arguably separately, that she came from the darkness above the skies of Arda, and this reference has led some to believe she may be an incarnation of darkness or emptiness itself, as this seems very consistent with the rest of her character.  
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It is thought that she may have been one of the [[Maiar]] whom [[Morgoth|Melkor]] corrupted long ago, but she is not listed among the [[Ainur]]. It is also said, arguably separately, that she came from the darkness above the skies of Arda, and this reference has led some to believe she may be an incarnation of darkness or emptiness itself, as this seems very consistent with the rest of her character.  
  
Ungoliant aided [[Melkor]] in his attack on the [[Two Trees of Valinor]]; she drained the Trees of their sap and poisoned them after Melkor wounded them, and she drained dry the Wells of [[Varda]], so that nothing remained of the Light that was before Sun or Moon, except in the [[Silmarils]] of [[Fëanor]].  She and Melkor fled to [[Middle-earth]] to escape justice at the hands of the [[Valar]].   
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Ungoliant aided [[Morgoth|Melkor]] in his attack on the [[Two Trees of Valinor]]; she drained the Trees of their sap and poisoned them after Melkor wounded them, and she drained dry the Wells of [[Varda]], so that nothing remained of the Light that was before Sun or Moon, except in the [[Silmarils]] of [[Fëanor]].  She and Melkor fled to [[Middle-earth]] to escape justice at the hands of the [[Valar]].   
  
Melkor had promised to reward her, "Yea, with both hands", and after their flight from [[Valinor]], the Dark Lord indeed gave her many gems of the [[Ñoldor]], but withheld the Silmarils in his right hand.  He refused to give them to the Great Spider to be devoured, for he desired them greatly, and Ungoliant would have slain Melkor in the ensuing battle had not the [[Balrogs]] come and saved their master, causing Ungoliant to flee to the [[Ered Gorgoroth]] in [[Beleriand]].   
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Melkor had promised to reward her, "Yea, with both hands", and after their flight from [[Valinor]], the Dark Lord indeed gave her many gems of the [[Noldor|Ñoldor]], but withheld the Silmarils in his right hand.  He refused to give them to the Great Spider to be devoured, for he desired them greatly, and Ungoliant would have slain Melkor in the ensuing battle had not the [[Balrogs]] come and saved their master, causing Ungoliant to flee to the [[Ered Gorgoroth]] in [[Beleriand]].   
  
 
While there, she had many offspring, including [[Shelob]], as well as various other creatures infesting the Ered Gorgoroth, which came to be a place of horror.  The dates of her existence are not precisely known; in ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Quenta Silmarillion]], Chapter 9, ''Of the Flight of the Noldor'', we are told that she "went whither she would into the forgotten south of the world" shortly before the [[First Age]], and that "some have said that she ended long ago, when in her uttermost famine she devoured herself at last." In contrast, a rough sketch of [[Eärendil]]'s voyages by Tolkien suggests that he slew Ungoliant in the south.
 
While there, she had many offspring, including [[Shelob]], as well as various other creatures infesting the Ered Gorgoroth, which came to be a place of horror.  The dates of her existence are not precisely known; in ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Quenta Silmarillion]], Chapter 9, ''Of the Flight of the Noldor'', we are told that she "went whither she would into the forgotten south of the world" shortly before the [[First Age]], and that "some have said that she ended long ago, when in her uttermost famine she devoured herself at last." In contrast, a rough sketch of [[Eärendil]]'s voyages by Tolkien suggests that he slew Ungoliant in the south.
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She is also called "gloomweaver," '''Virilomë''' {{IPA|[ˌviriˈlome]}}) ('''Wirilomë''' in [[Vanyarin]]) which becomes '''Gwerlum''' ({{IPA|[ɡʷerlum]}}) in Sindarin.
 
She is also called "gloomweaver," '''Virilomë''' {{IPA|[ˌviriˈlome]}}) ('''Wirilomë''' in [[Vanyarin]]) which becomes '''Gwerlum''' ({{IPA|[ɡʷerlum]}}) in Sindarin.
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In ''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]'', Ungoliant's history is even more mysterious then what is implied in the published edition of ''The Silmarillion''. Here, even the Valar did not know of her origins, and she was portrayed as a primeval spirit of night, and believed to be a creature bred of the darkness of the Void.
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Also, Melkor and his companions encounter Ungoliant in her lair (here, known as Arvalin) by coincidence while fleeing from the Valar.
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Melkor and Ungoliant are shown to be on much friendlier terms with each other than what is shown in later version of ''The Silmarillion'', as Melkor willingly offers the jewels that were stolen from the Elves, apart from the Silmarils (the Theft of the Silmarils ocurring ''before'' the Darkening of Valinor, in this version).
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After the Darkening of Valinor, instead of fleeing with Melkor, Ungoliant immediately flees southwards towards her lair, and successfully eludes the Valar.
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Ungoliant
Biographical Information
Other namesGloomweaver, Delduthling
RealmAvathar (Year of the Trees); Nan Dungortheb (early First Age)
Physical Description
RaceMaiar
GenderFemale
AppearanceLike a large spider
AccomplishmentsDestruction of the Two Trees

Ungoliant was an evil spirit in a form that greatly resembled a massive spider who dwelt in Avathar prior to the First Age.

History

It is thought that she may have been one of the Maiar whom Melkor corrupted long ago, but she is not listed among the Ainur. It is also said, arguably separately, that she came from the darkness above the skies of Arda, and this reference has led some to believe she may be an incarnation of darkness or emptiness itself, as this seems very consistent with the rest of her character.

Ungoliant aided Melkor in his attack on the Two Trees of Valinor; she drained the Trees of their sap and poisoned them after Melkor wounded them, and she drained dry the Wells of Varda, so that nothing remained of the Light that was before Sun or Moon, except in the Silmarils of Fëanor. She and Melkor fled to Middle-earth to escape justice at the hands of the Valar.

Ungoliant aids Melkor in the darkening of Valinor

Melkor had promised to reward her, "Yea, with both hands", and after their flight from Valinor, the Dark Lord indeed gave her many gems of the Ñoldor, but withheld the Silmarils in his right hand. He refused to give them to the Great Spider to be devoured, for he desired them greatly, and Ungoliant would have slain Melkor in the ensuing battle had not the Balrogs come and saved their master, causing Ungoliant to flee to the Ered Gorgoroth in Beleriand.

While there, she had many offspring, including Shelob, as well as various other creatures infesting the Ered Gorgoroth, which came to be a place of horror. The dates of her existence are not precisely known; in The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 9, Of the Flight of the Noldor, we are told that she "went whither she would into the forgotten south of the world" shortly before the First Age, and that "some have said that she ended long ago, when in her uttermost famine she devoured herself at last." In contrast, a rough sketch of Eärendil's voyages by Tolkien suggests that he slew Ungoliant in the south.

Etymology

The name is pronounced [uŋˈɡoljant]. In the form Ungoliant the name is technically Sindarin, but is a direct loan from Quenya Ungweliantë (ungwë + liantë: "dark spider"; pron. [uŋʷˌɡʷeliˈante]); the strictly Sindarin form being Delduthling "dark terror spider."

She is also called "gloomweaver," Virilomë [ˌviriˈlome]) (Wirilomë in Vanyarin) which becomes Gwerlum ([ɡʷerlum]) in Sindarin.

Other version of the legendarium

In The Book of Lost Tales, Ungoliant's history is even more mysterious then what is implied in the published edition of The Silmarillion. Here, even the Valar did not know of her origins, and she was portrayed as a primeval spirit of night, and believed to be a creature bred of the darkness of the Void.

Also, Melkor and his companions encounter Ungoliant in her lair (here, known as Arvalin) by coincidence while fleeing from the Valar.

Melkor and Ungoliant are shown to be on much friendlier terms with each other than what is shown in later version of The Silmarillion, as Melkor willingly offers the jewels that were stolen from the Elves, apart from the Silmarils (the Theft of the Silmarils ocurring before the Darkening of Valinor, in this version).

After the Darkening of Valinor, instead of fleeing with Melkor, Ungoliant immediately flees southwards towards her lair, and successfully eludes the Valar.