Reader deep thought: Forget about light-swallowing monsters far and near, here be the original beast, the Black Hole to end all black holes: Ungoliant, from parts unknown, and Melkor’s go-to gal of Binge.
Reader deep thought: Seriously, must there always be a catch to Ilúvatar’s gifts? The Elves got everything mortals could want. But out there in the wild wild east, the terror of Melkor consumed some of them. And once and for all: the Eldar are the westward-ho pioneers who followed Oromë, not every Legolas or Galdor.