- Mar 7, 2012
Where did your screen names come from?Hmmm, maybe we should find the old thread on this topic and link it?
Ungoliant (Sindarin for "dark spider") is a primordial being that appears in Tolkien's The Silmarillion. The mother of Shelob, she takes the form of a giant spider that feeds on light; she briefly allied herself with Melkor/Morgoth (the original Dark Lord once served by Sauron) in order to drink the light of the Two Trees of Valinor.Please take a moment and share with us The Story Behind Your Username.
The Silmarillion said:There, beneath the sheer walls of the mountains and the cold dark sea, the shadows were deepest and thickest in the world; and there in Avathar, secret and unknown, Ungoliant had made her abode. The Eldar knew not whence she came; but some have said that in ages long before she descended from the darkness that lies about Arda, when Melkor first looked down in envy upon the Kingdom of Manwë, and that in the beginning she was one of those that he corrupted to his service. But she had disowned her Master, desiring to be mistress of her own lust, taking all things to herself to feed her emptiness; and she fled to the south, escaping the assaults of the Valar and the hunters of Oromë, for their vigilance had ever been to the north, and the south was long unheeded. Thence she had crept towards the light of the Blessed Realm; for she hungered for light and hated it.
In a ravine she lived, and took shape as a spider of monstrous form, weaving her black webs in a cleft of the mountains. There she sucked up all light that she could find, and spun it forth again in dark nets of strangling gloom, until no light more could come to her abode; and she was famished.
The Silmarillion said:Of the fate of Ungoliant no tale tells. Yet some have said that she ended long ago, when in her uttermost famine she devoured herself at last.
My avatar is Muffet's battle sprite from Undertale, which I colorized.