FAQ / Who or what was Shelob

The earliest definite date available for Shelob is about 1000 S.A. because we know that she occupied CirithUngol.

...before the first stone of Barad-dur’ which was laid at about that time.
The Two Towers: Shelob’s Lair’

From the same chapter we know that she came ‘flying from ruin’ which could mean that she fled from the War of Wrath. This would imply that she was dwelling in Beleriand (probably in EredGorgoroth), and fled to avoid its destruction. Shelob was the last of the offspring of Ungoliant.

There age long she had dwelt, an evil thing in spider-form, even such as once of old had lived in the Land of the Elves in the West that is now under the Sea, such as Beren fought in the Mountains of Terror in Doriath, and so came to Luthien upon the green sward amid the hemlocks in the moonlight long ago. How Shelob came there, flying from ruin, no tale tells, for out of the Dark Years few tales have come. But still she was there, who was there before Sauron, and before the first stone of Barad-dûr; and she served none but herself, drinking the blood of Elves and Men, bloated and grown fat with endless brooding on her feasts, weaving webs of shadow; for all living things were her food, and her vomit darkness. Far and wide her lesser broods, bastards of the miserable mates, her own offspring, that she slew, spread from glen to glen, from the EphelDúath to the eastern hills, to DolGuldur and the fastnesses of Mirkwood. But none could rival her, Shelob the Great, last child of Ungoliant to trouble the unhappy world.
The Two Towers: Shelob's Lair

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