Thanksgiving 4: Eucatastrophe

Courtesy of Google.

Courtesy of Google.

Today, Iโ€™m thankful for eucatastrophe. This is a term coined by Tolkien to mean the turning point of grace. He himself says in his lecture on Fairy-Stories that the true turning point of grace in history is Christโ€™s Incarnation and his Resurrection. Think about that! It is the moment of surprising hope. It is the moment all that is dark and bad turns to good and joy. A true fairy story must have this moment. These are my favorite stories to write. They arenโ€™t so popular right now, the happy ending I mean, but I love them all the same. I am very thankful for real eucatastrophies and fictional ones.

It is because of this I have decided to stop saying I write Fairy Tales and start saying I write Fairy Stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eucatastrophe is a neologism coined by Tolkien from Greek ฮตฯ…- “good” and ฮบฮฑฯ„ฮฑฯƒฯ„ฯฮฟฯ†ฮฎ “destruction”.


It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or more complete kind, that however wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the โ€œturnโ€ comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality.

โ€• On Fairy-Stories