Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Forty-eleven

Author: cairistiona
Nominator: Inzilbeth
2011 Award Category: Humor: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written as a double drabble of exactly 200 words. A double drabble in honor of special birthday on March 1, T.A. 2931...


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

A charming juxtaposition of extreme youth and ancient wisdom in the very young Estel and the not-young-but-reborn Glorfindel. I love the way Glorfindel seems refreshed, the Balrog-slayer babysitting a tiny mortal boy; and how Glorfindel talks happily, but not down, to little Estel. The piece conveys a certain sense of ephemera, Isildur's Heir's childhood of giggles and honey cakes can not last, the small child will grow up and learn to kill; and the Enemy will have to be faced eventually. But the happiness and warmth of this moment is undeniable. It is hard to tell who is enjoying it more, Glorfindel or his small charge.

-- Thank you, Raksha! You've touched exactly on my own thoughts any time I write about little Estel, that of his time at Rivendell being an idyll that could not last but that all the residents of Imladris tried hard to make as golden as they were able. I like to think Glorfindel especially took pains to befriend the little boy who didn't have any playmates (presumably) his age. It seems to fit the caring, gentle manner he shows in "Flight to the Ford". He may be a warrior, but he's also got a nurturing side that's really fun to explore in this way.

Reviewed by: Levade -- Score: 4

This drabble is adorable, a small moment between Glorfindel and little Estel. I can imagine the small boy was a favourite of many of those who lived in Imladris, not just because he was a child, but I'm guessing they all had the sense of time drawing to a close for them. Here was hope, and he was so darn cute! Others, like Glorfindel, might have realized the child was as Elrond had named him. I just hope that Estel didn't actually eat all of those honey-cakes, or a certain Elf-lord is going to be in big trouble. Really enjoyable, Cairistiona!

-- Thank you, Levade! I too like to think that Estel was a bit of a pet to all the denizens of Rivendell, for those very reasons you state. They wanted, at least as I like to imagine, to make sure his childhood was an ideal one, given the hard road he faced as an adult. And yes, hopefully Glorfindel didn't *really* let Estel eat all that, or he would have spent the night rubbing poor Estel's aching tummy!

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

A sweet moment between a certain young Man-child and Glorfindel. Elves probably were particularly enamored of children, especially by this Age, as in the Elven realms there would have been precious few children to indulge. A cute tale without being sentimental.

-- Thank you, Darkover! I'm very glad you didn't find this too treacly. It's easy to cross that line when writing young children. And I agree--I think Elves likely enjoyed children very much!

Reviewed by: Ragnelle -- Score: 3

Oh, this was just so sweet! Estel is suitable cute as a young boy, and Glorfindel is suitable taken with him. A nice, happy little doubble-drabble that made me smile and go "Aww!" Sometimes that is just the kind of story needed.

-- Thank you, Ragnelle! I do like to occasionally do a "happy drabble", and little Estel is the perfect subject for that sort of thing. :) Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the review.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

Forty-eleven is a very cute look at a young Aragorn. I liked the author's decision to put Glorfindel's character into the piece, rather than Elrond or one of his sons, as that particular Elf is not often associated with paternal activities (even in a babysitting capacity). It was a nice switch of role here, I found.

-- Thank you! I've always loved the idea of Estel and Glorfindel having a special relationship--Glorfindel's a bit of an honorary uncle in my universe, I guess you might say. I love the idea of the fearsome Balrog-slayer having a bit of a softer side. :) Thanks for leaving the review!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A delightfully warm hearted piece in which little Estel celebrates his birthday with Glorfindel. The obvious bond between the little child and ancient Elf is beautifully depicted and leaves the reader with a warm glow.

-- Thank you, Linda! So glad you liked this and that it gave you that warm feeling... that was one of my intentions when writing it. :)

Reviewed by: Inzilbeth -- Score: 3

Cairistiona has a knack of suddenly and unexpectedly revealing the bigger picture behind an apparently simple dialogue with one pithy comment and this short piece is no exception. Wonderfully well done.

-- Thank you, Liz! I love it when discerning readers grasp the subtleties behind drabbles like this one (and "Trust", which has a more obscure source of inspiration even than this). Aragorn's such a complex character, more than many readers give him credit for being as they write him off as a one-dimensional "hero" and nothing more, and that complexity is fun to explore even in his childhood.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 2

This is a cute little scene between Glorfindel and Estel. Little Estel is adorable and a typical four year old.

-- Thank you! So glad you liked little 4-year-old Estel!

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 1

Very cute scene between Glorfindel and very young Aragorn. Nicely done.

-- Thank you, Ellynn! Glad you enjoyed it!