Discussion in 'Debates' started by TheDemonKing, Jun 8, 2006.
a balrog would toast shelob
Best... it's hard to decide:
Ungoliant was definitely not the best as she was overpowered by the Balrogs!
This makes it clear that Shelob cannot be the best!
Gothmog (the Balrog, not the stupid orc from the movie) was the High Captain of Morgoth's Army, a position greater than Sauron's, who was Morgoth's lieutenant!
Ancalagon is a formidable contender to Gothmog, being the best dragon, having grown over time to become gargantuan, having tough scales and even managing to drive back the Valar in the War of Wrath. I would place my bets on him!
Barrow-wights could not have been the best as the were easily banished by Tom Bombadil.
Shades and Dark Waters longed for liberation and hence could not have possible been any better!
Other creature just aren't in the same league!
Agreed. Gothmog was pretty badass.
Shelob somehow touched my own inner fears more than any other evil in the book. Her sheer self-devouring strangeness is Evil in its most-distilled form.
I will grant that a Balrog could have whupped Shelob in one-on-one combat, but Shelob's soul would never have allowed her to fight anything so big and well-armed.
Shelob reminds me of the kind of little kid who pulls wings off of butterflies.
If I were to rank the best beasts of Middle-Earth, it would be in the following order:
Ancalagon, the Black - For driving back the Valar in the War of Wrath!
Gothmog, the High Captain of Angband - For being a Balrog of unmatched power in the Battles of Beleriand!
Glaurung, the Golden - For his cunning in making Nienor and Túrin (the children of Húrin) commit suicide!
Smaug, the Golden - For taking and guarding the treasure under the Lonely Mountain for over two hundred years!
Durin's Bane - For laying waste to Moria!
Ungoliant, the Gloomweaver - For poisoning Telperion and Laurelin and drinking their sap!
Shelob - For holding the pass of Cirith Ungol and inspiring fear in the hearts of anyone who tried to pass it!
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