Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Seeing with the Heart

Author: Aglarien
Nominator: Phyncke
2009 Award Category: Races: Elves: Featuring Glorfindel or Erestor

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Mature -- Reason for Rating: Contains non-graphic sex, what would typically be classified as an "R" rating.
Summary: An encounter on the Great East Road changes the lives of Erestor and Glorfindel.


Reviewed by: Phyncke -- Score: 10

I have spent much time with this story and write this review after some time has passed and I have more distance on it. I was the beta reader for this and am intimately aquainted with it. It is very rare that an elven tale describes and elf with a disability but this one does and does it very well. We live with Erestor as he overcomes it and his love for Glorfindel flourishes. The secondary tier of this tale is the picture of the mortal family in Bree that we see. Robert Tanner and famile. This family life is skillfully drawn, from the cadence of their speech, to the details of what they wear, down to the elaborate nature of their bathing chamber borrowed from elvish design. It is remarkable how detailed this family life is in description and so that we have a full picture of it. We can see the wife, the children and the husband, whom the elves know well and can rely on in their time of need. These mortals are also familiar with this disability and can aid Erestor as he figures out how to navigate the world without sight. I found this story believable and the ultimate happy conclusion of the tale satisfying and relieving. This was a pleasure to work with and to read and richly tapestried work as the fibers weave together. Delightful. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. There are spoilers here and this will be marked.

Reviewed by: Erfan Starled -- Score: 8

With tenderness and detail, Aglarien explores Erestor’s sightless life with a wealth of detail about the world around him. Friendship and relationship are richly part of the story and Elladan and Elrohir make a part of the tale that added to my enjoyment of the gentle story. There is so much that Erestor can and does experience in all his senses other than sight. I did not have the words for this, but clumsily, I will try and say that the innate dignity of the story for me was that it reminded me of an unsighted friend who lives to the full, more so than most people I know, and I thought Aglarien captured some of that here. We are all interconnected, as the story shows, and it is part of life. The help Erestor is given is touching; so is how he manages to come to terms. Love, adversity, courage and friendship unfold to an ending that might not totally surprise but which warmly pleases. These are nice people, who deserve each other, and will be good to each other, and make the world a better place by being who they are: there is something very ‘right’ about courage being rewarded and love finding love.

Reviewed by: weepingnaiad -- Score: 5

This is such a beautiful story! I had tears in my eyes many times. It is very touchy and warm. I loved Agie's characterizations of both Erestor and Glorfindel, but they both really shone in adversity. Glorfindel's steadfast love and loyalty, singing till he was hoarse and never allowing Erestor to be alone in the dark was incredibly touching. And Erestor never failing even though he was blind showed such courage and strength. I adored the human family and their interactions and caring and concern. Really loved the whole story! Quite wonderful indeed.

Reviewed by: ebbingnight -- Score: 4

Any story that Aggie writes about Glorfindel and Erestor is bound to be worth reading, but this one is especially engaging because of its strong and suspenseful storyline. As always, the relationship between the two is touching and true, and the interactions with other characters once they return to the Last Homely House are heartwarming. And the happy ending is an added bonus!

Reviewed by: InweSaralonde -- Score: 4

I love the richness of detail in this story, from Erestor's fears about being blind and his determination to deal with it, to Robert and his family, and their understanding of what is needed to help Erestor. Glorfindel is supportive of Erestor, prepared to accept Erestor as his mate despite the disability that seems, initially, to be permanent. The interaction between the two is beautiful and touching.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 2

This is a heartwarming story. I liked the thoughtful, and to me it seems very realistic, description of how to handle blindness.