Post by Stormrider on Jan 25, 2009 11:02:53 GMT -6
From: Algamesh_of_Arnor (Original Message) Sent: 3/21/2003 2:14 AM
In our Week Seven reading, we meet Shelob and are witness to her massive size, quick reflexes, venomous bite, and all those other overpowering characteristics that makes us fear for our dear hobbits. A closer look will reveal that Shelob seems to have influences other than the physical sort however:
"But after a time their senses became duller ..."
"brought blindness not only to the eyes but to the mind ..."
"how much more of this would they have to endure, or could they endure?"
"a sense of lurking malice ..."
Would you tend to agree that Shelob is the most psychologically terrifying of all the adversaries that we have encountered thus far? What is the source of all this dread ... does it radiate from Shelob or can we attribute it to the surroundings? If Shelob's lair was elsewhere, would this encounter be as frightful?
"You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him!"