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The Spiders

SpidersPlayed by **To Be Announced** (CGI Animation)

Tolkien said he put the Spiders in The Hobbit because his son Michael were very much afraid of them. They live in a “place of dense black shadow” from which they venture out to hunt, and are in turn hunted by the Wood-elves. Near the Wood-elves’ feasting glade, the Spiders capture twelve of the Dwarves and bind them in webbing as food, but Bilbo rescues them with the aid of his ring of invisibility and sword (which he names “Sting” after first killing a spider). In Lord of the Rings, the spiders of Mirkwood are said to be Shelob’s “lesser broods”.