Meaning: Ancient Spider
Other Names: Wirilome or Gloomweaver (Lost Tales)
Location(s): Avathar, Nan Dungortheb
Race/Species: Beasts & Monsters
Dates: After the creation of Arda - ?*
Spouse: 'foul creatures of spider form'
Children: many, among them Shelob
"Some have said that in ages long before she descended from the darkness that lies about Arda... and that in the beginning she was one of those that [Melkor] 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."
"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."
(The Silmarillion, QS, Ch. 8 - Of the Darkening of Valinor)
*"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." (QS, Ch. 9 - Of the Flight of the Noldor)
According to an early version of the mythology, she was slain by Earendil. (First mentioned in The Book of Lost Tales II, HoMe 2)