Maedhros told me, in that very subtle and persuasive way of his, that he wanted a powerful painting. Not fluffy. No get well swords. No kick ass ivy. And by all means no barbed chains. He was okay with stump, though. demanded it, in fact.
I imagine that this is after he has just been notified of Morgoth’s assault in what is to become the Dagor Aglareb. And he feels the reckoning has finally come.
Talking of the Dagor Aglareb, and Maglor’s Gap being overrun – again – in the process, does anyone else feel Maglor is something like the weak link in a game of Red, Red Rover? In Germany, we used to play this (as “Der Kaiser schickt Soldaten aus”), and they’d always try to break through where I was standing, because I was small and thin and wore glasses. Morgoth must have picked Maglor as the same sort of kid.
I did better at the game than Maglor though; everybody was always surprised at how firm my grip was.