Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Advice of A Child

Author: Calenlass Greenleaf
Nominator: Mysterious Jedi
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Elrond and Family

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Angst and mentions of violence.
Summary: Children sometimes see things better than adults do. And sometimes mortals see things better than immortals. Estel and Erestor.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

A thoughtful and unique look at the relationship between Erestor and Glorfindel. I think Calenlass Greenleaf handles Erestor's backstory very well. The story of Gil-galad's fall is well known, but Erestor's involvement in it is not. And it remains unknown to everyone, including the readers. Only Erestor (and eventually Aragorn) fully understands what happened, and that's one of the story's most powerful points. Erestor is the only one holding himself responsible for a crime of omission, and it takes a very young Estel to point out that by focusing on the past, he's ignoring the present and the future. That's just as much a failure as what came before, and Erestor's change of heart brought a smile to my face. A touching and well-conceived little story that pits mortal hope against elven regret.

Reviewed by: Marethiel -- Score: 5

This was a really enjoyable story to read, as is all the work of this author. Stories involving the other members of the Imladris household are always of interest to me, how they interacted with Master Elrond and his family, and how they interacted with the young Chieftain and his mother. Erestor has always been a character with an extremely wide array of characterizations. This one is skillfully woven, offering a backstory, a _reason_ for his actions, and gives us a glimpse into this complex chracter's heart, as well as that of the young Adan child ... and then the man. A wonderfully wrought story.

Reviewed by: Cairistiona -- Score: 4

A touching story of how a young Estel unlocked the mystery of Erestor's past. I always enjoy your Erestor tales and this one just as much as any of them. I like an angsty Erestor, and still more do I like an angsty Elf who is drawn out of his own misery by a young Estel. Add to the mix fun with the twins and a lump-in-the-throat farewell between Erestor and Elessar, and there's little more to ask for.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Erestor had been chilly and less than forthcoming for as long as anyone within Imladris could remember. Only Elrond and Glorfindel could remember him any differently, in fact. But the question as to why Elrond's chief counselor never smiled--no one could answer that question, it seemed, for no one had apparently asked the ancient Elf. But Estel plans to change that, and hopefully to teach Erestor to live once more. Well named, Elrond's final fosterling. Nicely done!

Reviewed by: Mysterious Jedi -- Score: 4

I really enjoyed this story. It is interesting to see different authors' takes on Erestor's history, since Tolkien never made it explicit. I like the child Estel in this; precocious, but not to an unbelievable extent. The characterizations of Elladan, Elorhir, and Erestor were also believable. Gil-Galad's death was very sad, but I am glad that Estel was able to help Erestor overcome his grief.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

In this 'little Estel' story, Estel shows a lot of wisdom. The logic of a five-year-old might not fit the experience of the adults, but his view of the world is a much easier one, and he cuts through the convoluted reasonings of the adults, in this case Erestor. I like the interaction between Erestor and Estel, the grumpy elf and the precocious child.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A touching story concerning the impact young Estel has on the inhabitants of Rivendell. Sometimes even ancient and wise Elves need to look at old sorrows freshly,such as through the eyes of a child.