Too bad about missing the contest deadline; this was true to the prompt word, be assured.
Estel was just hugably sweet, innocently wise. "lullaby of the river" - a very true description. I love to fall asleep listening to running water. I'd imagine in Rivendell it must almost seem to bring an enchanted sleep. (Sorry, digressing).
I think it does take a child's hope to begin healing. From what I gathered in LotR, Legolas was a light-hearted guy but with many sorrows. I like that Estel was there at one of those harder parts of his life. I would like to see this friendship develop. *hint, nudge*
Touching story, Ila.
-Kitt : )