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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.
related work: rubendevela.deviantart.com/art…
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:iconred-jirachi-2:
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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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dart-user Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Awesome, congrats on the Hobbit DVD! :)
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Leaf-Fairweather Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Have I ever told anyone I hate spiders?

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


or better yet...... an army of Balrogs!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jaybeeatlanta Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Wowee!
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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!
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shahname Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I think all spiders would look like daemons this close up.
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InSaNiTyAkuri99 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have very little to say about this..... I'm scared.
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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!!.
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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.
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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.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is perfection!
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songsoferang Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !

Ungoliant is such an intriguing character...
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TheLingeringShadow Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Badass.
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luzianacityboy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
EEP! Looks like that moment Morgoth realized too late that he'd fed her too much light.
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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:

-BALROGS!!!:ohnoes:
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Electric-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Hahaha so good! =D
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
HAHAHA!
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Eep! *hides*
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The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
that is just.... epic :wow:
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Darrtaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me want to read the Silmarillion again, fantastic work.
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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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flerpaderpus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I read Silmarillion a while back, and while I always thought of Melkor as being considerably larger than a normal human (I dunno why, I guess I thought of them all like the Makers from Darksiders), this is INCREDIBLE.
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Igor-Son-Of-Gondor Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
he is large. Fingolfin was a tall elf (so probably taller than any human) and when he dueld the dark lord, Morgoth stood over him like a tower. so i imagine he was at least 5-6 meters high. if any higher i dont know how fingolfin managed to wound him 7 times.
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flerpaderpus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I know Morgoth is big... but Ungoliant? Was Ungoliant really that gigantic?
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Igor-Son-Of-Gondor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Her size is left to your imagination :)
"But Ungoliant was unafraid, for she had grown monstrous and strong, and he was less because of the power that had gone forth from him, and she rose against him, and she cast upon him nets of thick and sticky web to strangle him."
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flerpaderpus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Ah okay. Haven't read Silmarillion in some time. I still like the story with the dog that bites off the guy's hand. I forget everyone's names, sadly. Perhaps I should reread.
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Igor-Son-Of-Gondor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, you speak of the great wolf Carcharoth (or Anfauglir), the greatest werewolf who ever lived. Morgoth had personally bred him to guard the gates of Angband. He bit off Beren's hand that held the silmaril :)
I read it like 3 months ago and have already forgoten much. The problem is that there are many stories compressed in it and way too many names to remember. But that is the beauty of Tolkien's works. Cheers :)
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