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Unlight

The darkness of Ungoliant

"A cloak of darkness she wove about them when Melkor and Ungoliant set forth; an Unlight, in which things seemed to be no more, and which eyes could not pierce, for it was void."
Quenta Silmarillion 8
Of the Darkening of Valinor

The cloud of clinging darkness spun by Ungoliant as a protection for Melkor and herself as they invaded the land of the Valar and assailed the Two Trees of Valinor. After the Trees were destroyed, the loss of their light filled Valinor with an utterly black darkness, so that Melkor and Ungoliant, hidden within their Unlight, were able to evade even the Valar. Stealing away into the north, Melkor slew Finwë and captured the Silmarils. Then, with Ungoliant, he eluded the hunters of Oromë and the wrath of Tulkas, as the two made good their escape from Aman into the north of Middle-earth.


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