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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.
See my other Tolkien deviations -->>rinthcog.deviantart.com/galler…
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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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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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