One Bright Star

Author: Levade

Nominator: Keiliss

2011 Award Category: Cross-Cultural: Eriador

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: It's Yule in Imladris and a young Estel receives some help with his gift for Elrond from a stranger from afar who has more in common with him that he realizes.

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Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

This is a lovely tale. Perhaps I should have waited until the festive season to comment - but there again perhaps it is good to get in the festive mood early... I love the hustle and bustle of the Last Homely House preparing for their Yule celebrations, and then we see young Estel worrying that he has not completed the gift for his Ada; and what help there is at hand for him! And the pleasure in the meeting must have been even greater on the part of that visitor I think. This is one to bookmark and return to every midwinter, I think.

Author response: Hi Wombat, I want to be in Rivendell during Yule. So badly! This was one of those crazy ideas I got and just ran with. It was the whole "estel" thing that caught me and I'm so glad it actually worked for you! I would like to think they actually got to meet and see that the first hope was being completed in the second (if that makes any sense). Thank you so much for the lovely words. I appreciate it! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 4

This is just the sort of magical story you would want to read on a frosty Yule night. Rivendell and the joy of the Elves come to life in this, and young Estel's surprise visitor leaves the reader's heart thoroughly warmed. The characters in this AU ring so true that I find myself tempted to dig through all the books because surely, surely this must have happened! I think if Tolkien read this, he'd think, "I should have added that in the Appendices somewhere." Very well done!

Author response: Hi Cairistiona, Wow, what a wonderful review! It was one of those crazy notions I got of 'well, why not?'. Thank you so much! :D Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A well-written story that really brings in the magic to a Yule in Imladris, for the child Estel; handling the appearance of the mythic hero Earendil with a mixture of power and delicacy, so it feels almost natural to that time and place, but still a unique, wondrous event. The dialogue between Glorfindel and Earendil is perfectly done; and the rest of the story, with the vibrant young Estel enjoying the season and the presents, is excellent.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a heartwarming story about the yule celebration. Estel's tries to carve the gift for Elrond were quite endearing. I loved the help he was getting. The tale made me want to be there for this fun-filled day.

Author response: Hi Obsidianj, I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! I wanted to be there too, any celebration would be great, but I think Yule in Rivendell would be magical. :) Thank you very much for your lovely words! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Caunedhiel  ✧  Score: 3

I loved that :) You seamlessly managed to fit Earendil into your little story, which is hard t do but you did a brilliant job :) Your's is a lovely, feel-happy story and Earendil's advice to Estel was wonderful I liked the emotions between Glorfindel and Earendil and how sad Earendil seemed at leaving.

Author response: Hi Caunedhiel, I always loved Earendil but thought he made such a huge sacrifice in separating himself from those he loved. This was one of those nutty, well why not! notions I got and ran with, so I'm thrilled it worked for you! Thank you so much for the lovely review! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

A delightful story for Christmas! It was sweet that young Estel tried so hard to make a good gift for Elrond. The stranger featured in this story is also quite interesting; the reader will probably not figure out his identity until close to the end of the tale. Good characterizations, well done!

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 3

A little boy without a father, but who enjoys the care and attention of a loving mother, a wise adopted father, and a household of magical beings. Just the right story to be reading at this time of year. Thank you, Levade!

Author response: Hi Altariel, Yule/Christmas does seem to be just the right time to pull out something a little special, maybe some sparkly (not vampires, noooo!) lights and a Mariner with a pretty "stone". Thank you so much for your review! I appreciate it! :D Peace, Levade