RobSS Posted January 20, 2022 Share Posted January 20, 2022 (edited) Shelob and the Mother of the Matrix One of the most fascinating subjects is the Mother of the Matrix. In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Mother of the Matrix is a "spider" called Shelob. Shelob is a fictional demon in the form of a giant spider from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Her lair lies in Cirith Ungol ("the pass of the spider") leading into Mordor. The creature Gollum deliberately leads the Hobbit protagonist Frodo there in hopes of recovering the One Ring by letting Shelob attack Frodo. The plan is foiled when Samwise Gamgee temporarily blinds Shelob with the Phial of Galadriel, and then severely wounds her with Frodo's Elvish sword, Sting. Several scholars, though not all, have interpreted Shelob as symbolising a sexual threat, noting her dark underground lair approached by tunnels, her "soft squelching body", and Shelob's thrusting herself down onto Sam's erect sword, amongst other sexual allusions. Others have noted her opposition to the Elves, and in particular her adversary, Galadriel, whose light helps the hobbits to defeat her darkness. (source) Who was Shelob? Edited January 20, 2022 by RobSS Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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