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This is for both the SWG March 2017 Strength & Beauty Challenge, and for Day 1 of Fëanorian Week: Maedhros.

The prompt for the former was:

"Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic."

~Herman Melville, Moby Dick

And the prompt for the latter was: Adjusting/Coping and Beauty.

I ended up making some artwork of Maedhros, recovered post-Thangorodrim, and wrote a little drabble to accompany it, as kind of a prologue to the picture. I'll be honest that this is my first foray into fanworks for any of the Fëanorians - I've never drawn or written Maedhros before (or Fingon for that matter, who also appears), and I'm still kind of feeling my way through the characters and their relationship (because I totally ship them).

Molten Copper
Rating: Gen
Genre: Gen/Character Study
Warnings: None
Characters: Maedhros, Fingon
Relationships: Basically Maedhros/Fingon

Alone in the sparring field, he clings to Fingon’s words from the morning.

“It’s like molten copper in this light,” he’d murmured, braiding Maedhros’ hair. “Even after everything - the fire inside you melts it down like you’re a forge.”

“It’s nothing special.”

“It’s the most beautiful thing in the world. Always has been. Like a sword glinting at sunrise.”

He’s glad Fingon says what he thinks.

Maedhros works to unlearn the lie taught him by torment - that strength is the province of ugly, disempowering monsters. He gets better; fights with a left hand more deadly than his right ever was.
I tried to use Persian armour to inspire the art, not sure how it turned out. One day when I'm not being quietly assassinated by pursuing a tertiary education, I'll make a more detailed version :-)

Date: 2017-03-21 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heartofoshun.livejournal.com
I love the Persian armour idea. It works really well. We are very accustomed to looking at late-Medieval Western European armour in the fantasy genre, which doesn't work that well in the context of the exiled Noldor. For me it needs to look somewhat Other--instead of instantly relatable to the common denominator high-fantasy motif!

Date: 2017-03-21 12:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dawn_felagund
Ooh. *happy sigh*

Please keep writing and drawing them. :D

This is lovely, both the artwork and the drabble. I love this in particular:

that strength is the province of ugly, disempowering monsters


I like to imagine the entire Noldorin quest in these terms, of strength and beauty against ugliness and ruin. (I particularly like to imagine Maedhros in that strength and beauty role. Thirteen years and he's still my heartthrob. ;)

I agree with Oshun: I like how you did the armor. I've never imagined heavy plate as particularly conducive to how I think the Eldar probably fought.

Date: 2017-03-21 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] engarian.livejournal.com
I like the choice of armour, as well as the drabble accompanying the artwork.

- Erulisse (one L)

Date: 2017-03-21 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynndyre.livejournal.com
I like the armour design- I also really like his expression. Maedhros is both strong and conflicted, and you caught that really well.

Date: 2017-03-23 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithrial.livejournal.com
Beautiful drabble and art.
I'm just getting to know these characters too.
That's a great start.

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