Hidden among the rocks above Minas Morgul, and nestled next to Cirith Ungol like a giant mousetrap, lies the lair of the spider Shelob. She has been feeding on nasty orcs for the last ten years, and yearns for more tender meat. She eagerly awaits Gollum's latest 'present'. Two, fat, juicy hobbits!
About this creation
My entry for the second part of Ian Spacek's LOTR contest: The Two Towers. Now I know that every LOTR movie fan is going: " Wait!; Isn't Shelob's Lair the climax of Return of the King?"
Well, yes. But in the movies. All you who have read the books know that Shelob's lair is the second to last chapter in The Two Towers. So, I went back, reread the chapter "Shelob's Lair", and set to work on my latest entry: Shelob's Lair.
As a little note: Since this is based soley off JRR Tolkein's novel, I will use it as a reference for most of the storyline and build.
Looking at this side view, I will explain my views of Shelob's Lair from the book. Unlike the webbed out, single level view the films take, based on several passages from the book I definetly see Shelob's lair as a network of 'up-down-and-all-around' tunnels, that mesh together almost like the holes in a sponge.
So, if one drilled an 8x8 hole out of the lair, they would find several tunnels stacked upon each other in their square sample.
So, according to the book, Sam gets separated from Frodo when Gollum attacks him and Frodo dashed off away from Shelob down another tunnel, leading to a moment where the two hobbits are directly on top of one another in different tunnels. This is the moment I froze in time, and extracted from the network of Shelob's Tunnels.
Here is the bottom tunnel, the main tunnel, where an angry Gollum attacks Sam.
And the uppermost tunnel, where Shelob catches Frodo, stuns him, and proceeds to wrap him in webbing.
"A long clammy hand went over his mouth and another caught him by the neck, while something wrapped itself about his leg. Taken off his guard, he toppled backwards into the arms of his attacker.
"Got him!" hissed Gollum...
- The Two Towers
"Frodo was lying face upward on the ground and the monster was bending over him, so intent upon her victim she took no heed of Sam and his cries..."
-The Two Towers
"...seized his master's sword in his left hand. Then he charged. No onslaught more fierce was ever seen in the savage world of beasts."
-The Two Towers
"And Shelob cowed at last, shrunken in defeat, jerked and quivered as she tried to hasted from him. She reached the hole and squeezing down, leaving a trail of green yellow slime she slipped in..."
-The Two Towers
"Then as quickly as he could [Sam] cut away the binding cords and laid his head upon Frodo's chest..."
-The Two Towers
Now here are some shots of the actual Lego model. I used the new brown pieces to model a sloping floor as referenced in the beggining of the chapter. I had to BrickLink that webbing piece...
Here is the main tunnel, with smooth rocky walls and stalagmites and stalactites, more book-accurate details.
Shelob herself. When my friend first saw her he said, "Wow, she's tiny!"
Well, just so no one thinks the same thing, she had to be short enough that Sam could stab her straight in the eye, which he does in the book. And when she is crouching down, Sam is at that perfect height. She also contains accurate detail like horns, fully poseable legs and spiked appendages.
The upper tunnel, de-figured.
And now Sam, who has his dirty, journey tousled clothes on.
The back of him, with awesome backpack and utensils.
Frodo Baggins, half stripped.
And the artistic photo, with the Phial of Galadrial blazing against the mirky blackness.
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Fabulous job, especiall fitting everything on such a small platform! As a side note, thank you very much for inviting me to join the Great Lord of the Rings contest. However, I'm currently busy with a very large project, and can't join. But thank you for the invite; I can't wait to see what you put out next!
Quoting The Timinater !
figs are good, but I feel let down- not as good as I expect from you... P.S.- this is still pretty awesome, so you should take it as a compliment...
:0! Let down! That's not what I was expecting. I spent three days on the bottom level and 2 hours on shelob's legs alone. Then put two seperate BrickLink orders in and spent a day playing with upside down slatactites. But I do take it as a compliment that you think highly of my work. I just felt so much more confident about this entry then my last I am surprised. Thanks for you comment!
Quoting Augustin "AG" Lee
Cool!! I see you put the HP spider (that's it, right?) to good use. It could be a little bigger, but I agree that it fits in well. After all, Sam DOES need to be able to stab her.
Yes. Actually I had to make a bricklink order for that HP Hagrid's Hut spider eye tile.