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Ungoliant and Melkor by rubendevela Ungoliant and Melkor by rubendevela
Edit, 2014: Uh so apparently Peter Jackson liked this old painting of Ungoliant well enough, that it will be included on the dvd/bluray of the behind the scenes release for The Hobbit 2! 0_0

This redone version with slightly adjusted lighting will appear in the mini-documentary about Ungoliant, Shelob, and the other spider monsters from the lore!

Ungoliant and Melkor/Morgoth contesting ultimate power

Edit: Added bristly spider hair and adjusted the shading.
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PipeBubbles Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  New Deviant
*Gasps* That is just... wow... I can't even...
random1289 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Loki7z Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great work!
Zousha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What I really like about this piece is the sense of scale.  It really shows how overwhelmingly powerful Ungoliant would have to be to scare even Morgoth, how she's something he could never hope to control or destroy.  Morgoth towered over Fingolfin...Ungoliant towers over Morgoth.
Chaelim Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist
Give it to me, I must have it, Precious treasure, I deserve it!
Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Ungoliant: So beast, it almost ate SATAN. Well, Melkor, but that's basically Arada's version of HIM anyway
SocQA Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Congrats on being featured on the dvd/bluray! I was suprised when I found out that this picture is actually an artwork :D
It is a awesome artwork and I like you design of Ungoliant with being this massive, great job!
Bakuraac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
The scariest thing about Ungoliant, IMHO, isn't that she's the precursor of giant spiders, nor is it solely the fact that she ATE a bunch of silmarils and now rivals Morgoth (at the height of his own) in power.

It's the fact that she's still there.

Years and decades and centuries and long millenia after Morgoth is banished to the Halls of Mandos, long after Numenor sinks, a great deal of time after Sauron is destroyed... This near-Lovecraftian-esque avatar of neverending hunger and nihlism is still lurking somewhere.

You did a bang-up job depicting her immensity. Very representative of what she represents, if that makes sense.
Finndleton Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I read that Ungoliant eventually ate herself because she couldn't satisfy her endless hunger, and Shelob was her last surviving offspring.
Bakuraac Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
As far as I am aware, that is a supposition made by Elven historians who were confused as to why Ungoliant hadn't been seen since she ate the Silmarils.
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wow.  Congratulations!  If any picture would deserve to go in the dvd, it would be this.  It's absolutely amazing.

I doubt they'll ever make the Silmarillion, but I wish they would, for the sole purpose of seeing Ungoliant, Ancalagon, and Glaurung animated.
mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually heard Peter Jackson is planning to put the Silmarillion to the big screen. I hope he does, I want more tales of Arda on the big screen.
dart-user Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Awesome, congrats on the Hobbit DVD! :)
Leaf-Fairweather Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Have I ever told anyone I hate spiders?

I really, Really, REALLY HATE SPIDERS!!
Ryujins Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014   Artist
spider...or demon spider i guess
thequeensthrall Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Best depiction of this scene *ever*
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
love seeing this lore worked out so well :D
Georgeprime Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Glorious and terrifying at the same time. Awesome Work!
DragonMan200 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Okay... I have a new reason to be terrified of spiders now!
VoidFire Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Writer
Nice! Great work Ruben!
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Whoa, seriously? That's awesome!
caranthar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Awesome, congratulations
maryfgr23 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You rock! Now PJ knows it!
Shadowbolt17 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Congrats, definitely deserves a place where more people can see it.
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Bravo! :clap::clap::clap: Congrats!
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
cool, man! congrats!
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Cool.                                                                                                           :spiderla: 
ClefJ Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Silmaril that's fantastic news!
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I like how her face looks like a skull
DarthMcBob Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
You, Morgoth, I know you're the origin of all evil and you feel like you've got a reputation to keep, but you really should consider just giving the world-devouring spider queen the damn shiny rocks.
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
wkhzdwfkhurizruog Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
We're gonna need a bigger can of bug spray!

or better yet...... an army of Balrogs!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jaybeeatlanta Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Diana1979 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
This is beautiful, the only piece of art I've seen that comes close to what I had in my head when I read this!
shahname Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I think all spiders would look like daemons this close up.
InSaNiTyAkuri99 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have very little to say about this..... I'm scared.
Balahast Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
That is exactly how I thought of it in my mind, when she demands the Silmarils from Melkor. Great work!!.
Balgeron Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Ungoliant: "Give it to me... i must have it... precious treasure... I DESERVE IT!"
Melkor: - Where can i run, where can i hide the Silmarils!?; "Gems of Treelight,... THEIR LIFE BELONGS TO ME!" 

Epic picture of the epic scene from holy bible of fantasy genre.
Nerdy-Viking Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always liked that the two greatest evils of middle earth were warring against each other for dominance. The added irony I noticed was (in the book) Two Towers, Shelob's brief backstory indicates Sauron begrudgingly fears/respects the descendant/reincarnation of Ungoliant. This is one of those scenes I want to see played out, between the fallen god Melkor/Morgoth face against the queen of Spiders (Lloth? Fuck no!) Ungoliant.
Allendra3 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is perfection!
songsoferang Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !

Ungoliant is such an intriguing character...
TheLingeringShadow Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
luzianacityboy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
EEP! Looks like that moment Morgoth realized too late that he'd fed her too much light.
Dion-Raz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
At first Melkor was like:

-Bitch! This is mah Silmarillion, ur work is done GTFO!:pissed:

And then Ungoliant was:

-But u promised there would be hump, hump and dinner! IMMA GETTING MAH SECKZ!:horny:

Then Melkor was like:

Electric-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Hahaha so good! =D
rubendevela Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Eep! *hides*
The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
that is just.... epic :wow:
Darrtaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me want to read the Silmarillion again, fantastic work.
Paul774 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
The Silmarillion never says how huge she was in comparison to Melkor, so it's up to you to interpret the scene and to give her the size you want her to have... brilliant job and maybe the best depiction of Ungoliant i've ever seen
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