“For thus is it spoken: Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
—Legolas, The Return of the King
“Every day that passes is a precious day lost.”
– Frodo, The Two Towers
“You must either go through or give up your quest. And I am not going to allow you to back out now, Mr. Baggins.”
“Dangerous or not, a real sunrise is mighty welcome.”
“The hands of the King are the hands of healing.”
“Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt.”
The word eucatastrophe (good catastrophe) was coined by J.R.R. Tolkien to describe what he believed was the essence and highest function of fairy-stories.
It is the sudden, unexpected joyous turn.
Tolkien explains, “In such stories when the sudden ‘turn’ comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart’s desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through” (‘On Fairy-Stories’, 61).
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