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Fingon and Maedros by Snow-Monster Fingon and Maedros by Snow-Monster

Taken from a chapter of J.R.R.Tolkien's Silmarillion, this scene encapsulates the theme of overwhelming sorrow and defeat being quietly overturned by an unforseen hope which permeates much of his writings. A hope which  is decisive in its outcome, but which never ensures that all will end happily ever after. Loss and hurts may never fully heal, but darkness will  never fully conquer.

Having been captured by the armies of Morgoth, the elven warrior prince Maedros is hung by his wrist on the cliffs of Thangorodrim and left to suffer indefinitely. His cousin however, Fingon, sets out to find his captive kinsman in the hopes of rescuing him and eventually discovers his whereabouts upon singing a song of defiance against Morgoth.

“For suddenly above him far and faint his song was taken up, and a voice answering called to him. Maedhros it was that sang amid his torment. But Fingon climbed to the foot of the precipice where his kinsman hung; and then he could go no farther, and he wept when he saw the cruel device of Morgoth. Maedhros therefore, being in anguish without hope, begged Fingon to shoot him with his bow; and Fingon strung an arrow, and bent his bow. And seeing no better hope he cried to Manwe, saying: 'O King to whom birds are dear, speed now this feathered shaft, and recall some pity for the Noldor in their need!'....Now, even as Fingon bent his bow, there flew down from the high airs Thorondor, King of Eagles, mightiest of all birds that have ever been, whose outstretched wings spanned thirty fathoms; and staying Fingon's hand he took him up, and bore him to the face of the rock where Maethros hung.”


Maedros does not escape unscathed however as Fingon is unable to break the chains that bind him. Freedom comes at a price and although Maedros looses his hand in the process, he does escape with his life.

Done in pencils
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Baileyboybee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
Beautiful!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very glad you think so!
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ARNOLDXYZ Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, perspective
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much obliged!
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tinulir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018   Digital Artist
Oo, very striking and emotional! It's amazing how well you can feel his anguish when he's just a silhouette
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really appreciate that!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work on the rocks and perspective!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful pencil drawing, and the pose of Fingon is really in the mood with the story.
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, sir! I'm pleased you think so.
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StormingWing Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's SO beautifully drawn! I love it!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm very glad you do.
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A-D-R Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the perspective, background and placement in this. It is so well done!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very kind of you!
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valkiriart Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist
Good work! 👍
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D (Big Grin) 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
 Splendidly Dramatic, to say the very least.Clap 
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Glad you think so, Libra!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018
 I'm glad you drew this up and displayed it in the first place!Nod 
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JACKTHEPROSLEGEND Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wot a nice artwork bro! Thats great! :D
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really appreciate it!
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infinite9 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Looks great!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Pleased you think so!
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Sherlock59 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice, I love the composition of this piece!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy you enjoy it!
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Bluefeather42 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
That's beautiful.
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Xevodan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice drawing!
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much obliged!
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FaroSamor Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist
Beautiful! You can se the tragedy in the man holding the bow. 
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Glad you like it!
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KeplerDream Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For someone who does traditional too ! I have to say that the quality of the entire artwwork is astonishing, really puts well a dramatic / dense moment ! :)
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really appreciate it.
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Chaoswolfstone Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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Chaoswolfstone Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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xXD4RKL0RD001Xx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
WHOA!! nice art!! wanna join my art sharing discord for artists to share art and promote themselves and talk!!? :) here is link discord.gg/4APtUNs
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gracias! I'll definitely look into it.
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