Another of those "missing moments" in the Silmarillion. After Maedhros has been captured by Morgoth, his brothers debate on their options. From left to right: Caranthir, Curufin, Maglor, Celegorm, Amras.
(Text below is mine. Stylistically as close to Tolkien as I can make it. )
Amras: "But surely we will consider these terms? If our brother is given back to us, can we not then resume the war?"
Celegorm: "Morgoth will never return Maedhros to us, whatever we may do. And let us not forget that we have but Morgoth’s word in this. It is well possible that Maedhros is long slain, while he would still use him against us."
Caranthir: "Shall the sons of Fëanor then be remembered for sitting idle, and neither trying to avenge their father nor to free their brother?"
Curufin: "Have these past dealings with Morgoth taught you naught? Our father was slain because we took too lightly the strength of Angband. Our brother was taken because we took too lightly the cunning of our Enemy. Nothing can we do, but learn from our folly."
Amras: "Maglor, thou hast not spoken. What sayest thou?"
Maglor: "My heart is with Amras, and with Caranthir. And yet, I know to be true what Curufin and Celegorm have said. In Hithlum we will remain, and regain our strength, and not yield to the terms of Morgoth.
And my heart prays that this also is true – that Maedhros is indeed dead."
Characters are from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
Pencil and white gouache on pastel paper.
For the creation process, there's a walkthrough here on my blog: [link]
For the thoughts that went into the image, including a lot of Silmarillion ramblings (and why Amrod isn't there), see this blog entry: [link]