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.)