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Fingon rescues Maedhros by rinthcog Fingon rescues Maedhros by rinthcog
"Morgoth took Maedhros and hung him from the face of a precipice upon Thangorodrim, and he was caught to the rock by the wrist of his right hand in a band of steel... Then Fingon the valiant, son of Fingolfin...climbed to the foot of the precipice where his kinsman hung, and then could go no further; 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 Manwë, saying:
'O King to whom all birds are dear, speed now this feathered shaft, and recall some pity for the Noldor in their need!'
His prayer was answered swiftly. For Manwë to whom all birds are dear, and to whom they bring news upon Taniquetil from Middle-earth, had sent 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 Maedhros hung. But Fingon could not release the hell-wrought bond upon his wrist, nor sever it, nor draw it from the stone. Again therefore in his pain Maedhros begged that he would slay him; but Fingon cut off his hand above the wrist, and Thorondor bore them back to Mithrim."
chapter 7 The Silmarillion.
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:iconeruannathranduilion:
EruannaThranduilion Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my fave stories of the Silmarillion. awesome job!
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johncarswell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Hi - You nailed this! That might be the best pic of a Tolkienian eagle I've seen.

I used this for a post on this chapter in The Silmarillion: truemyths.org/2015/01/09/the-s…

Hope that's cool!
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kind of reminds me of the story of Hercules freeing prometheus
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NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Excellent!
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:iconnonangel:
nonangel Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2014
This is my fave moment in Silm. And the art shows it right. i came upon the picture with a long conversation beneath it: people mixed the scene with Promethius. :)
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Raistlin82 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thorondor looks positively hungry.
Just sayin'. :P
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Ash-crow Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Hello, I really like this artwork, and I'd love to see it on Wikipedia to illustrate the articles about Maedhros, Fingon andd Manw :)

However, on Wikipedia we only use images using a free licence, which permits commercial use. Would you be kind enough to change your deviations' licence to drop the "NC" clause ?

Thanks!
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Cyrusma Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
very beautiful
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esbepony Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist
YES! When I searched DA with "Maedhros" I thought, "Gee, I hope someone has made an epic artwork of him hanging on the mountain and Fingon coming to the rescue with the Eagle". People like you make the internet a better place!
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Your work has been featured here: gwasanee.deviantart.com/journa…

 If you want it removed, please let me know. :heart:

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unionjackbrolly Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everytime I see this I just love it a little more. It is absolutely magnificent and makes me weep bitter tears of desperation that I will never make such beautiful art every time. I've seen many an attempt at drawing this particular scene and yours is my far the most brilliant, succesful and accurate. Thank you so much for sharing this <3
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SelenaCat Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Writer
Oh dear GODS this beautiful!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
An awesome rendition of this scene from the book, I loved this part! :love:
The lighting is just amazing; that sky... :heart: And I love how you painted Fingon and Thorondor!
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JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This is great!
I'm just ranting, and I don't know the context but they should've driven a huge nail in the rock so that Maedhros could rest his feet on it, then he should've warmly clothed him, and given him just enough food for his survival until he was thin enough to slip his wrist through the steel band... but if the chain couldn't but severed,I guess it was also going to shrink as Maedhros got thinner.
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
This is an amazing picture! Well done!
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool! I've also thought of making the Eagles look less like any real existing type of bird, but instead more fantastical and unbelievable.
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ChilledinHithlum Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
The otherworldiness of Thorondor adds greatly to this image, setting it apart from the many other versions of this scenario; fine as they may be. You also manage to convey the inherent danger posed by this deed; one senses that a false move might result in a deadly plummet for either elf...
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Amanthus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This image is so vibrant and has a lot of emotion! Very wonderful!
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:iconkingsdaughter613:
Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous... You really capture the scene.
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NamoraMalfoy Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Writer
Wow, this is really beautiful!
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AliciaWonders Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Im in love with this art.
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Gwenniel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is one of the best renditions of one of the most touching scenes in the Silmarillion.
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AWishInTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that's rather disturbing that he lost his hand... 0.0 but despite tht one detail, marvelous work!
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous colors, enchanting work.. It's magical :heart:
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gregpatrick666 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite stories from the Silmarilion! Love this!
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wingedness Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is amazing! Definitely a great scene to choose to illustrate; one of the most dramatic in the book, and you definitely do it justice. Great use of colour and framing; I simply cannot stop staring!
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Nakuichia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Wow! This is indeed an amazing artwork!
This whole scenery is incredible and you done it so beautiful ^^
I love this scen in the book!
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot, i'm glad you like it.:)
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Ithildin-dA Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly magnificent!
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks !
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Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
A truelly incredible picture, it captures the scene perfectly. Very well done!
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:iconrinthcog:
rinthcog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Aelinmirnovelda Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
nice to see someone made the eagle the right size 30 fathoms is a big bird
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:iconrinthcog:
rinthcog Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I made it as big as I could :)
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Malallory Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is so beautiful. The colors are amazing.
Ugh, I need to read this again.
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot. One of the great parts of this book is you can read any chapter any time. :)
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Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I've always wanted an actual visual of this scene because it's so poignant and important. :)
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, great. I figured instead if picturing a "magic carpet" style eagle, floating there..I'm a climber... I've been on walls... I'm going to try an attempt at how we could would really do it. (if we had a sesame street colored bird...):)
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Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
It turned out great! And I see no reason that Thorondor and his ilk of giant, flying eagles couldn't have a minor climbing skill!
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, and If they slip, Thorondor will catch em. :)
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Syphellium Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow... I'm just blown away by this! Just suggested for a DD, hope you get it! :D
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its an honor to be suggested, thank you :)
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book-worm123 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Wow this is amazing great job here!
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:iconrinthcog:
rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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book-worm123 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
ur welcome ^_^
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Wow! Spectacular!

I do think that Maedhros could have been a bit skinner, and also that elves probably did not wear sleeveless armour the way Fingon is here, but overall it's a great piece. You captured the emotion really well :)
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, luckily things are always changeable, I haven't read all the scholarly theories but I do wonder...when did the "one piece" shell armor begin, with the dwarves? and How worn down does a starving dehydrated immortal appear? I'm still learning - therefore your comment is very appreciated. :)
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
"How worn down does a starving dehydrated immortal appear?" Hahahaha! I am assuming something like a Jew in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Er, that wasn't really funny...:stupidme:
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: True tho, the level of cruelty is similar. Skin color similar...I better stop. ;)
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PakPolaris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
exceptionally beautiful 11/10
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