Shelob from Shadow of War artwork

If the name doesn't ring a bell, Shelob was the giant spider that poisoned Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She was not, however, just any random overgrown spider. She was the spawn of Ungoliant, a primordial being of darkness that took the shape of a truly terrifying and gigantic spider.

Given her lineage it really shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that Shelob herself posses quite a few powers, but what might come as a surprise is that in Shadow of War she is very... non-spider-like. You'll see what I mean through the recently posted teaser trailer right below. Have a look:

While my inner lore nerd is currently confused about why anybody would ally themselves with Shelob, I can't exactly complain given that the entire Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War storyline is essentially fan-fiction. So if we're not going to follow the already established rules, why not go completely wild and introduce some truly interesting characters? It might not make a ton of sense, but it does make for some rather interesting gameplay!

Shadow of War will be coming on October 10th for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. If you would like to learn more, or just check out some of the other videos, I would recommend heading over to the official website.