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.
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