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Far and wide [Shelob's] lesser broods, bastards of the miserable mates, her own offspring, that she slew, spread from glen to glen, from the Ephel Dúath to the eastern hills, to Dol Guldur and the fastnesses of Mirkwood.

The Two Towers, Shelob's Lair

Nan Ungol (Sindarin: Valley of Spiders) is located in the southwest corner of Mordor. Terrainwise, Nan Ungol is much like the rest of Mordor, full of lava and composed primarily of Mordor Rock. Nan Ungol is a much more wild biome, however - charred trees are very common here, suggesting that, perhaps, Nan Ungol was once a fertile, forested valley. Those days are long over, however, and instead the region is home to evil Mordor Spiders, the spawn of Shelob, the foul offspring of Ungoliant. Those spiders are common in Nan Ungol, as are webs of Ungoliant, which are scattered all over the valley. These spiders are accompanied by Mordor Orcs, which include Mordor Orc Spider-Keepers, who allow evil players to hire the spiders.

As with the rest of Mordor, Nan Ungol's sky is shrouded by a cloud of ash and smoke from Mount Doom, which gives the sky a reddish tinge and completely hides the Sun, Moon, and stars from view. This protects Orcs and Trolls from debuffs during the day, and it also allows such creatures to spawn in large numbers at any time here, not just at night. The great cloud over Mordor has made the region arid to the point where it no longer rains there, and instead Nan Ungol, as with the rest of the region, experiences ash storms, during which the land is blanketed by choking ash from Mount Doom.

Nan Ungol is one of the best biomes for evil players to set up shop in, as with the rest of Mordor. Good players had best avoid the region unless they are well-prepared, and willing to fight hordes of Orcs and Spiders. Nan Ungol, as with the rest of Mordor, can be conquered by Mordor, Rohan, and Gondor at a rate of 0.5.

Upon entering Nan Ungol, the player earns the achievement "The Spawn of Ungoliant".

  • A panorama of Nan Ungol.

StructuresEdit

Only one structure can be found in this wild valley.

  • Mordor Spider Pits - Pits of charred wood and Mordor Brick that contain rideable Mordor Spiders. Similarly to Mordor Warg Pits, which spawn elsewhere in the region, these pits are built with two levels - an upper level for the guards, and a lower level for the spiders. The lower level can be accessed by a ramp built off to the side, which leads down into the pit proper, which contains two stalls for spiders and a loot chest. A Mordor Orc Spider Keeper spawns amongst the spiders. The upper level features a battlemented balcony that overlooks the pit and ramp, as well as a small charred wood shack, which is carpeted and contains two Orc Beds, a chest, and a table with a barrel of Orc Draught, mugs, and plates. Tarps of brown wool shelter the shack and the ramp from above. Spider Pits can prove valuable for evil players, as they provide a number of readily-available mounts, and generate quite commonly in Nan Ungol.

MobsEdit

MiningEdit

As with the entire region of Mordor, Nan Ungol is composed entirely of Mordor Rock, not stone. The presence of Mordor Rock makes the biome particularly useful for evil players due to its use in Mordor building materials, as well as for those building in a more Númenórean style, which serves as a counterweight to the near-total absence of stone here.

Only three ores can be found in Nan Ungol. Durnor and Morgul Iron can be found here at rates and Y-levels comparable to iron elsewhere, though Durnor veins are larger than Morgul Iron veins. In addition, Gulduril can be found here as well, at Y-levels comparable to gold, though with slightly higher rates. These three ores are must-have resources for evil players, and are used in crafting a myriad variety of equipment pieces, items, and even portals.

VegetationEdit

Only a few plants grow in Nan Ungol. All trees here are charred, and the only plants here aside from them are Mordor scrubs, stabbing thorns, and withered moss. Charred trees are more common here than they are in the rest of Mordor, and they are often covered in Webs of Ungoliant. Any reeds that are found in Mordor will appear dried.

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Nan Ungol

Biomes of the Lord of the Rings Mod (Sub-biomes in brackets)
List by Alphabet
A-C:

AdornlandAnduin Hills (Gladden Fields, Vales of Anduin) • Angmar (Mountains) • Barrow-downs
Blue Mountains (Foothills) • Bree-land (Chetwood) • Brown LandsColdfells

D-E:

DagorladDaleDead MarshesDor-en-Ernil (Hills) • Dorwinion (Emyn Winion)
Drúwaith IaurDunlandEast BightEmyn MuilEnedwaithEreborEregion
Eriador (Downs, Eryn Vorn, Minhiriath, Swanfleet) • Ettenmoors

F:

Fangorn (Clearing) • Fangorn WastelandFar Harad Bushland (Hills) • Far Harad Cloud Forest
Far Harad Grasslands (Arid, Arid Hills, Corsair Coasts, Forest) • Far Harad Jungle (Edge, Lake, Mountains, Taurethrim Clearing) • Far Harad MangroveFar Harad Swampland
Far Harad VolcanoField of CelebrantForodwaith (Coastline, Mountains, Glacier)

G-K:

Gondor (Andrast, Blackroot Vale, Lamedon (Hills), Lebennin (Mouths of Anduin), Lossarnach (Imloth Melui), Mouths of Entwash, Pelargir, Pelennor Fields, Pinnath Gelin, White Mountains (Foothills))
Grey Mountains (Foothills) • Gulf of Harad (Gulf Forest) • Harad MountainsHarnennor
HarondorIron HillsIthilien (Hills, Wasteland) • Kanuka Forest

L-M:

LakeLast DesertLindon (Coastline, Woodlands, Tower Hills) • Lone-lands (Angle, Weather Hills)
LostladenLothlórien (Eaves) • MidgewaterMirkwood (Dol Guldur, Mountains)
Misty Mountains (Foothills) • Mordor (Eastern Desolation, Gorgoroth, Mordor Mountains, Morgulduin, Morgul Vale, Nan Ungol, Nurn (Marshes, Sea of Nurnen), Udûn) • Mountains of the Wind (Foothills)

N-S:

Nan CurunírNindalfNorthern MirkwoodNorthlands (Northern Forests) • Old Forest
PerdorogwaithRed Mountains (Foothills) • Rhúdel (Eryn Garan, Eryn Rhúnaer, Hills, Steppe
Tol Rhúnaer) • Rhûn (Forest) • Rivendell (Hills) • RiverRohan (Woodlands, The Wold, Uruk Highlands)
Southron Coasts (Harad Desert Riverbank, Near Harad Oasis, Southron Forests)

T-W:

Taur-i-ThorogrimThe Great Desert (Hills, Half-deserts, Red Desert) • The Sea (Beach, Island, Meneltarma) • The Shire (Marshes, Moors, Woodlands, White Downs) • TolfalasTrollshaws
Umbar (Forest, Hills) • UtumnoWilderland (Northern, Long Marshes) Woodland Realm (Hills)

List by Region
Eriador:

Angmar (Mountains) • Barrow-downsBlue Mountains (Foothills) • Bree-land (Chetwood)
ColdfellsDunlandEnedwaithEregionEriador (Downs, Eryn Vorn, Minhiriath, Swanfleet)
EttenmoorsLindon (Coastline, Woodlands, Tower Hills) • Lone-lands (Angle, Weather Hills)
MidgewaterNan CurunírOld ForestRivendell (Hills)
The Shire (Marshes, Moors, Woodlands, White Downs) • Trollshaws


Rhovanion:

Anduin Hills (Gladden Fields, Vales of Anduin) • Brown LandsDagorladDale
Dead MarshesEast BightEmyn MuilEreborField of CelebrantFangorn (Clearing)
Fangorn WastelandGrey Mountains (Foothills) • Iron HillsLothlórien (Eaves)
Mirkwood (Dol Guldur, Mountains) • Misty Mountains (Foothills) • NindalfNorthern Mirkwood
Wilderland (Northern, Long Marshes) • Woodland Realm (Hills)


The South:

AdornlandDor-en-Ernil (Hills) • Drúwaith IaurGondor (Andrast, Blackroot Vale, Lamedon (Hills), Lebennin (Mouths of Anduin), Lossarnach (Imloth Melui), Mouths of Entwash, Pelargir, Pelennor Fields, Pinnath Gelin, White Mountains (Foothills)) • HarondorIthilien (Hills, Wasteland)
Mordor (Eastern Desolation, Gorgoroth, Mordor Mountains, Morgulduin, Morgul Vale, Nan Ungol, Nurn (Marshes, Sea of Nurnen), Udûn) • Rohan (Woodlands, The Wold, Uruk Highlands) • Tolfalas


Harad:

Far Harad Bushland (Hills) • Far Harad Cloud ForestFar Harad Grasslands (Arid, Arid Hills, Corsair Coasts, Forest) • Far Harad Jungle (Edge, Lake, Mountains, Taurethrim Clearing)
Far Harad MangroveFar Harad SwamplandFar Harad VolcanoGulf of Harad (Gulf Forest)
Harad MountainsHarnennorKanuka ForestLostladenPerdorogwaith
Southron Coasts (Harad Desert Riverbank, Near Harad Oasis, Southron Forests)
Taur-i-ThorogrimThe Great Desert (Hills, Half-deserts, Red Desert) • Umbar (Forest, Hills)


Rhûn:

Dorwinion (Emyn Winion) • Last DesertMountains of the Wind (Foothills) • Red Mountains (Foothills) • Rhúdel (Eryn Garan, Eryn Rhúnaer, Hills, Steppe, Tol Rhúnaer) • Rhûn (Forest)


Forod:

Forodwaith (Coastline, Mountains, Glacier) • Northlands (Northern Forests) • Utumno


Belegaer:

The Sea (Beach, Island, Meneltarma)

Types

DesertsForestsIslandsMountainsSwampsVariants

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