Check Out What Shelob Looks Like in this New Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Trailer

Check Out What Shelob Looks Like in this New Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Trailer

The newest trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War features Shelob as you've never seen her before - in human form.

Over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Monolith and Warner Bros. rolled out a new trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and this one features Shelob, the gargantuan spider that you may remember from The Two Towers book, or The Return of the King movie. But in the new trailer, Shelob does something you won't expect - she turns herself into a human.

As you can see, Shelob appears to be a vital part of Talion's plans in Shadow of War, but Celebrimbor isn't so trusting. We'll have to wait for game to come out to see if Shelob is actually interested in helping Talion save Middle-Earth, or if she's just playing her own little game. My money is on the latter.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 10.

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Well that sounds like absolute heresy in regards to Tolkien's novels.

Which if I've understood the basic premise to the game series correctly hardly is a new thing, but still.

Shows how hungry the Middle-earth mythos is for female characters that at this point they have to make them up (the chick from Lost in The Hobbit movies) or transform them from other species altogether (seen here).

Bedinsis:
Well that sounds like absolute heresy in regards to Tolkien's novels.

Which if I've understood the basic premise to the game series correctly hardly is a new thing, but still.

My brain is screaming every time this trailer shows up somewhere, so you're not wrong.

Although, I'm holding out hope that this isn't Shelob. I know that's what the trailer's title is calling her, but nowhere do I hear the actual name in the trailer. Plus, these games have gone to pretty great lengths to look exactly like the movies, and Shelob looks NOTHING like the spider in the trailer. So maybe everyone is just assuming it's her, and the developers aren't bothering to correct them?

Now little girls can aspire to grow up to become giant spider monsters. The Glass Web has finally been shattered!

Sniper Team 4:

My brain is screaming every time this trailer shows up somewhere, so you're not wrong.

Although, I'm holding out hope that this isn't Shelob. I know that's what the trailer's title is calling her, but nowhere do I hear the actual name in the trailer. Plus, these games have gone to pretty great lengths to look exactly like the movies, and Shelob looks NOTHING like the spider in the trailer. So maybe everyone is just assuming it's her, and the developers aren't bothering to correct them?

Worth noting that the title of the trailer on the official channel is "Official Shadow of War Shelob Reveal Trailer." I understand why you'd want it to be someone else, but it doesn't seem likely.

So in Greek myth, there was a monster called Python who lived in Delphi. When Apollo killed him his venom ran into the earth (hence why current pythons constrict, because their big daddy used up all their poison) and would sporadically rise again as noxious clouds...clouds which were supposed to help the Oracle with her whole foresight thing. Spiders are also a venomous creature, and have an obvious association with eyes (since they generally have about six of them...) which are another nice recurring motif when it comes to prophecy. So its possible that by making Shelob a kind of evil oracle they've actually tried to copy Tolkein's style of cribbing from old myths and done something a little intellectual and pffhahahahahaha no I can't finish that with a straight face. Shelob turning into a human is dumb as hell. If you wanted a sultry prophetess you probably have to fight later in the game, Monolith, couldn't you have just...made one up? It's not like you've stuck with purely book characters so far

Bedinsis:
Well that sounds like absolute heresy in regards to Tolkien's novels.

Which if I've understood the basic premise to the game series correctly hardly is a new thing, but still.

If you are expecting this to be " the Silmarillion: the game", you probably will be disappointed.
As cool as that sounds, that would be a convoluted mess.(book is barely readable as it is)

But even though Shadow of mordor wasn't even close to canon, it was a fun game.
If shadow of war is similar to that, it will at least be all right.

No, please, continue shitting all over one of my favourite books, by all means!

Eugh.

Eh, I'd tap that. :^)

Well...

Err...

Maybe...

Ahh...

Fuck it. This story is heresy.

Jeroenr:

Bedinsis:
Well that sounds like absolute heresy in regards to Tolkien's novels.

Which if I've understood the basic premise to the game series correctly hardly is a new thing, but still.

If you are expecting this to be " the Silmarillion: the game", you probably will be disappointed.
As cool as that sounds, that would be a convoluted mess.(book is barely readable as it is)

But even though Shadow of mordor wasn't even close to canon, it was a fun game.
If shadow of war is similar to that, it will at least be all right.

They should just call these Middle Earth Shadow games an alternate universe or something at this point, it would do a lot to alleviate all the whining about the canonicity of the games and would allow it and it's plot to not be constrained by the whole "being a prequel" thing. Shadow of Mordor was accurate enough to the canon one has to be obsessively well versed in it to even notice the deviations anyway and that's good enough.

That is gonna fuel some horrific Tumblr fan-art I'd rather not think about.

That's depressing...

She should just be a giant spider.

But whatever, I'm not the target market, or something. I guess.

This is fucking retarded.

She's not fucking Lolth.

Cue artwork on tumblr of Shelob fucking Lolth...

There better be some of them going at it in fucking spiderform.

I will feel happy the day someone faithfully adapts the Silmarillion.

Oh boy, my LotR loving friend may have a seizure when he sees this.

Christ, she looks like Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins.

Anyone whose played that can see the irony right away.

Johnny Novgorod:
Shows how hungry the Middle-earth mythos is for female characters that at this point they have to make them up (the chick from Lost in The Hobbit movies) or transform them from other species altogether (seen here).

Isn't Luthein Tinuviel badass enough?

She threatened Sauron and pretty much saved did the reverse of the Damsal in Distress by saving her boyfriend who got captured.

I mean she entranced Morgoth to sleep, MORGOTH!!!

Samtemdo8:

Johnny Novgorod:
Shows how hungry the Middle-earth mythos is for female characters that at this point they have to make them up (the chick from Lost in The Hobbit movies) or transform them from other species altogether (seen here).

Isn't Luthein Tinuviel badass enough?

She threatened Sauron and pretty much saved did the reverse of the Damsal in Distress by saving her boyfriend who got captured.

I mean she entranced Morgoth to sleep, MORGOTH!!!

Yes, I love the Beren and Luthien story. She's long dead by the Third Age though.

Samtemdo8:

Johnny Novgorod:
Shows how hungry the Middle-earth mythos is for female characters that at this point they have to make them up (the chick from Lost in The Hobbit movies) or transform them from other species altogether (seen here).

Isn't Luthein Tinuviel badass enough?

She threatened Sauron and pretty much saved did the reverse of the Damsal in Distress by saving her boyfriend who got captured.

I mean she entranced Morgoth to sleep, MORGOTH!!!

That whole story is pretty cool. I wish they'd make that into a movie/ game

And then Shelob said, "Looking like an attractive female humanoid is never going to be useful again. It's monstrous giant spider all the way, from here on out."

Bedinsis:
Well that sounds like absolute heresy in regards to Tolkien's novels.

Not entirely.

The game itself is (apparently Minas Ithil falls between The Hobbit and the War of the Ring, when in canon it fell about 1000 years before), but Shelob taking humanoid form? I mean, there's no precedent for it, but unlike Minas Ithil, there's nothing to say that she can't do that.

Samtemdo8:
I will feel happy the day someone faithfully adapts the Silmarillion.

Good luck with that. ;p

Callate:
And then Shelob said, "Looking like an attractive female humanoid is never going to be useful again. It's monstrous giant spider all the way, from here on out."

Well, chances are those nasty hobbitses are only attracted to their own kind - tall women, even beautiful ones, might be a bit out of reach in more ways than one.

That, and I can buy Shelob needing to manipulate Talion, whereas with Sam and Frodo, brute force is fine.

Meh... not nearly as sexy as my bae...

So, A Shelob you can fap to. Honestly, I prefer old school giant monster spider. Dat thicc ass!

Hawki:

Bedinsis:
Well that sounds like absolute heresy in regards to Tolkien's novels.

Not entirely.

The game itself is (apparently Minas Ithil falls between The Hobbit and the War of the Ring, when in canon it fell about 1000 years before), but Shelob taking humanoid form? I mean, there's no precedent for it, but unlike Minas Ithil, there's nothing to say that she can't do that.

Well they establish in the first game that Sauron being a Maiar can shift at will. (In the books he can definitely shift appearance but it's not clear how quickly he can do it, perhaps not as quickly as the game shows). Shelob being the daughter of the ungollant could have some similar nature.

You can certainly make the argument she isn't simply a giant spider.

PS: I really really hate Talion's face in this one.

Because the main thing you think when you think about Shelob is "Giant spider monster, sure ... but I sure wish I could @#$! her"

Nice. Now all the book burning gamers/TV watchers will know what The Witcher 3 is for me... heresy.

You know, considering that Shelob's a descendant of Ungoliant, who not just Sauron but Melkor ran away from, the idea of her having illusion powers isn't actually that big of a stretch- certainly far less than some of what the first game did.

...Of course, that's not actually going to be brought up; it's just an excuse to stick in a pair of breasts.

Recusant:
You know, considering that Shelob's a descendant of Ungoliant, who not just Sauron but Melkor ran away from, the idea of her having illusion powers isn't actually that big of a stretch- certainly far less than some of what the first game did.

...Of course, that's not actually going to be brought up; it's just an excuse to stick in a pair of breasts.

Nah, though no doubt sex appeal is a nice bonus for them, it's likely mostly just laziness on the part of the developers. It's much easier to make an animate a human or something with a human skeleton than it is a giant spider, and a human model can be reused more easily.

 

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