“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.”

– Gandalf

“Dangerous or not, a real sunrise is mighty welcome.”

– Frodo

“The hands of the King are the hands of healing.”

– Gandalf

“Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt.”

– Gandalf

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).

Our latest content:

Life in the Shire

Life in the Shire

If you’re in need of fresh hope, color-rich clarity, and some sense of recovery, you’re going to LOVE April’s Eucatastrophe bundle. Tom Shippey says, “The Shire is indeed a brilliant invention.” It’s a winsome synopsis of one of Tolkien’s most stunning places in Middle-earth. Across this coming month, our Tolkien content is going to focus…

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March 25th Launch

March 25th Launch

March 25th. A special day in Middle-earth. We re-launched our website on March 25th. Not a random day. 🙂 Enjoy this little video from John, and our posts this month based on the themes surrounding March 25th!  

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Tolkien’s Hope-filled Wonder

Tolkien’s Hope-filled Wonder

The Professor’s Legendarium launches us onto action-packed paths, full of suspenseful adventure. But there is so much more afoot as we head out with the Company. Join John Pletcher, a lover of literature and all things Tolkien, as he interviews John Sowers, a fellow-lover of Tolkien, a creative author, and a thoughtful activist (John founded…

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Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

A celebratory confection for very special occasions Lemon Cake with Mascarpone-Lemon Curd frostingYield: Makes 12-16 servings Lemon curd 3 cups sugar 9 lemons 6 eggs 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) Cake 6 large eggs, separated 14 tablespoons sugar 1 3/4 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured) 1/4 teaspoon salt   For lemon curd:Grate…

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Elanorellë Rolls

Elanorellë Rolls

These rolls are a routinely demanded favorite from Sam & Rosie’s firstborn (Elanorellë was Sam’s pet name for his daughter) Yield: Makes 24 rolls 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup water 1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored) 5 cups flour, divided 1/2 cup sugar…

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Essay – April 2020 Theme: Life in the Shire

Essay – April 2020 Theme: Life in the Shire

Essay writers, we invite your responses! April’s theme is: Life in the Shire. In anticipation of our April content, the essay question is: “If you could visit one Shire place with one Shire character, where and with whom would you visit? And why?”   We look forward to reading and sharing your essays with the Eucatastrophe…

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Redemptive Signature

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Redemptive Signature

Three Rings for the Elven-Kings under the sky,Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die So begins The Lord of the Rings, “Nine [Rings] for Mortal Men doomed to die.” In years long ago, some suggested that Power or Domination was the central theme of The Lord of…

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Strider’s Snack

Strider’s Snack

Astrid Tuttle Winegar Author, Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving SoulsAstrid Tuttle Winegar is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which was a finalist in the 2018 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Astrid has been cooking, baking, and reading fantasy (and plenty of…

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Tolkien’s Christmas Joy

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy

I puzzle throughout December: “Is all of our holiday stress a recent-days phenomenon?” And in my most reflective moments, I ask, “Is there any way to find deeper joy in December’s rush and push?” J.R.R. Tolkien loved Christmas. He was so fond of Yuletide that beginning in 1920, he crafted an annual Father Christmas letter…

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As an author, Tolkien was a creator—or, as he would put it, a “sub-creator.”

 
Tolkien created a fully-imagined world. Middle-earth has a depth of diverse cultures, histories, geography, peoples, characters, family trees, languages, and calendars unrivaled in 20th- and 21st-century literature. Although Tolkien stated that The Lord of the Rings is not an allegory, he did say there’s always an abundance of applicability available for readers to use in their Present-earth lives and historical context.
 

Eucatastrophe.com strives to suggest new vistas of potential applicability for Tolkien fans to explore and enjoy, taking you deeper into Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythology.