As much as I adore all the art, there’s one thing that has never made sense to me; why is Maedhros’ stump always portrayed as being right at the wrist?
It makes no logical sense from a physical or medical standpoint. He was bound by his wrist, meaning the metal cuff would have been a bare minimum of 3-4 inches long to be strong enough to bear his weight.
Then we have to take into account not only that Fingon would have needed to cut about an inch beyond that to sever it cleanly, but the healers would have had to take another inch or so more to create a flap of skin to close the wound properly.
This would result in Maedhros’ stump actually being closer to his elbow, or at the very most, mid-forearm.
well, to be honest, there are so many magical or semi-magical metal items in Tolkien’s universe that I think Morgoth could probably make the thing the width of a bracelet and have it support Maedhros / be impossible to cut through
but those other points?
they are very good points.
… but once his hand is cut off, wouldn’t his arm just pull right through? Even if the cuff was initially tight to his forearm, surely between dehydration/starvation and loss of muscle mass while he’s been hanging there, it would be able to slip out. I think another question to pose might be why Fingon didn’t just cut off Maedhros’ thumb instead of the whole hand, but haste may account for that. And I’m certainly not an expert on amputations, but skin does stretch to some degree, no?
i like the image, but according to the text it would have been really short… and I thought it was Rapunzel at first lol
This is my interpretation of the description “about her ears”. You could certainly interpret “close to her head” to mean shorter, but I’m pretty sure that’s mostly there to rhyme with thread, and in my opinion a bob IS close to your head if you start out with waist length hair. Or yards and yards of magic hair.
(Lúthien dreamed a dream in time gone by when her dad wasn’t trying to win a bad parenting award)
I think the text supports either of these, really. Plus, they both look fabulous. I find the longer hair more fun to draw, but that’s just me.
Her hair is long enough for her to twine flowers in it when Celegorm first sees her:
(Poor thing, she’s all “Great! Noldor Princes! You guys know Finrod, right?”)
And by the time she confronts Morgoth, it’s falling “about her shoulders”:
It’s had some time to grow out between leaving Doriath and getting to Angband, but it seems to be doing so at a more reasonable rate now, and my hair sure doesn’t grow all that fast.
So yeah, I personally don’t think she cut it much shorter than the bottom of her ears. You’re free to think otherwise, naturally!
Considering that Lúthien cast spells to grow her hair ridiculously long, and then cut it all off to make a magic cloak and a rope to escape from the treehouse her dad locked her in, I don’t really see the parallel to Rapunzel as inappropriate? (If I was doing Tangled fanart - which has happened - Rapunzel would have a smaller, turned up nose, a more pointed chin, a more rounded jawline, and freckles. I imagine the two women looking quite different.)