Mirkwood spider

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Mirkwood spiders are more powerful spiders that appear in dNetHack.

In addition to the common variety, there are also more dangerous Mirkwood elders.

Mirkwood spider

The common Mirkwood spiders are encountered on some quests; also, giant spiders will grow up into them.

Mirkwood spiders spread webbing with their attacks, potentially preventing you from retreating.

Mirkwood elder

Mirkwood elders are ancient, blood sucking spiders. Their vampiric bite attack drains a level on 1 out of every 3 successful attacks, regardless of MC.

Mirkwood elders also spread webbing with their attacks, potentially preventing you from retreating.

Encyclopedia entry

Mirkwood spiders and Mirkwood elders share the same entry:

Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can’t see me!
 Attercop! Attercop!
   Won't you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me!

Old Tomnoddy, all big body,
Old Tomnoddy can’t spy me!
 Attercop! Attercop!
  Down you drop!
You'll never catch me up your tree!

Lazy Lob and crazy Cob
are weaving webs to wind me.
I am far more sweet than other meat,
but still they cannot find me!

Here am I, naughty little fly;
you are fat and lazy.
You cannot trap me, though you try,
in your cobwebs crazy.

[ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]