The Tolkien Option: Consolation and Eucatastrophe — 1517

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“Tolkien calls this sudden, unexpected turn in a story the eucatastrophe. According to Tolkien, it is the highest function of all good stories. It derives from the Greek words, ‘eu’for ‘good’, and ‘katastrophe’ for destruction. It is a good catastrophe, the collision of grief and joy.”

Source: The Tolkien Option: Consolation and Eucatastrophe — 1517

In my previous post, I alluded to J.R.R. Tolkien’s lexical coinage and philosophical concept, eucatastrophe. So I thought it only fitting to post a link to this essay (also referenced in my preceding post) from the good folks at 1517:

“Recovery, escape, and consolation. These are the essential elements of a good fairy story, writes J.R.R. Tolkien. As air, water, and food are to humanity, so are recovery, escape, and consolation to the fairy tale.

“Tolkien’s view of recovery helps us regain a proper view of the world, to see life as it should be; through our journey in a good story, we see our own world more clearly. Escape is the longing that good stories give us; the desire to be freed from the prison of death and darkness.

“And now, at last, we come to Tolkien’s final element of a good fairy story: consolation. We see the consolation of a good story most clearly in its denouement…”

Click through and read on, for more!

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Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

2 thoughts on “The Tolkien Option: Consolation and Eucatastrophe — 1517”

  1. I am part of a small group that tries to make sense of the rapid destruction of our culture and its replacement with the base and the degenerate. I see Tolkien as a true master of the imagination, and that is what must be captured in order to inspire people to see what is being lost and the need to quickly turn this around. This is now going to be part of the discussion. A very important part of the discussion. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

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    1. Very pleased to have been of service, sir! I would that I had such a group; but even to know of the existence of yours is an encouragement. I sometimes feel like I’m fighting a desperate delaying action, from a lonely outpost, against hordes of incoming foes, with ammunition running low. But this article was a much-needed resupply of the latter, and so is your news! May God bless the work.

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