Shelob lives

Shelob was the huge spider that lived in fictional Middle Earth. Wikipedia: “Shelob is a fictional giant spider from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. She appears at the end of the fourth book, second volume (The Two Towers), of The Lord of the Rings. Her lair lay in Cirith Ungol (“the pass of the spider”) leading into Mordor. Gollum deliberately led Frodo Baggins there in hopes of recovering the One Ring when Shelob attacked Frodo. The plan was foiled when Samwise Gamgee defeated Shelob with Frodo’s elvish light and sword. … Gollum led the Hobbits into her lair so that he could get the One Ring after she consumed them, as she had no use for it. After losing track of Gollum, the Hobbits realized that the tunnel was blocked by her webs.”

My yard is blocked by the children of Shelob’s webs.

With all the rain this summer, folks say they have never seen so many spiders. In my 7 years here I’ve never seen so many spiders either. The legend of Shelob ends this way:

“Shelob fled into her lair, significantly wounded. Her final fate, according to the text, will remain unknown to the people of Middle-earth.”

I know what happened to her. She survived and bore generations of evil spawn who continue to build large webs in my yard. Reason #2,347 not to go outside. Inside is better.


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