Descriptions of Shelob in the novels are uniformly negative. Every single time she is depicted as disgustingly hideous, vile and foul. Let us examine some examples.
Before Shelob appears for the first time in TT, her approach is announced in the following way: “The bubbling hiss drew nearer, and there was a creaking as of some great jointed thing that moved with slow purpose in the dark. A reek came on before it.” This is a proper preparation for the monster’s entrance: the hissing and creaking sounds suggest a gigantic serpent, the stench announces the foul nature of the nearing monster, and yet the readers know that this will not be any poisonous viper that they might conjure in their minds, but a truly unimaginable horror: the hiss is