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Controversial decision to make Shelob a woman in Shadow of War explained by Monolith

Controversial decision to make Shelob a woman in Shadow of War explained by Monolith

Ron Duwell

A shriek with the backing of all nine Nazgul ripped through the Tolkien fandom recently with an announcement in Middle-earth: Shadow of War that pushed the canon a little too far for its liking. Shelob, known in Lord of the Rings as the giant spider who waylays Frodo and Sam on the mountain path to Cirith Ungol, will not only be a spider in the game, but indeed, will also take a human...

Middle-earth: Shadow of War redesigns Shelob as a humanoid, fans aren't pleased one bit

Middle-earth: Shadow of War redesigns Shelob as a humanoid, fans aren't pleased one bit

Ron Duwell

Monolith Productions is already messing with the Tolkien lore far too much in Middle-earth: Shadow of War to ever please the purists out there. Somewhere between forging a new ring of power, introducing new balrogs, and writing the most charming orc of all time, the developer hit a point where its game tips from Lord of the Rings high fantasy into just plain video gamey nonsense. I’m...