“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).

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Carrock Granola

Carrock Granola

Carrock Granola 8 ounces old-fashioned oats 2 ounces pecan halves 2 ounces walnut halves 2 ounces sliced almonds ¼ cup sunflower seeds, dry roasted and salted ¼ cup dry milk powder 1 tablespoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup walnut oil ½ cup honey 6 ounces dried cherries 3 ounces chopped sugar dates (or chopped…

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Discover the Splendor of Middle-earth

Discover the Splendor of Middle-earth

Hello friends of the Eucatastrophe fellowship! Our August theme is THE SPLENDOR OF MIDDLE-EARTH. We will enjoy recipes, essay reflections, a resource spotlight, and discussion about the wondrous places and scenes that grab our hearts in Tolkien’s lands. Get ready to appreciate Middle-earth in extra-special ways this month! Feel free to interact and leave comments.…

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Beren, Lúthien, and Heroic Love

Beren, Lúthien, and Heroic Love

This month has an extra week, so we’re including another piece of content this week. This talk was from our conference in 2017 by Lisa Coutras. If you heard our interview earlier this month, you’ll remember Lisa mentioning her appreciation for Lúthien. Well, here’s an entire talk about Beren, Lúthien, and Heroic Love! Enjoy!  Lisa Coutras…

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The Most Beautiful Song

The Most Beautiful Song

In the very beginning of Tolkien’s world, before the stories of the great heroes came to pass, the Ainur were created by Ilúvatar. They sang the world into existence in the “Great Music” (The Silmarillion, 3). Ilúvatar instructed them to use the gifts and powers he had given to each in this song, to awaken…

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Call for entries – August 2020

Call for entries – August 2020

August’s theme is: The Splendor of Middle-earth In anticipation of our August content, the essay question is: If you could visit one locale in Middle-earth for a weekend, where would you go, and why? Describe the place, region, story-scene in your own words and what you find so wonderful about Tolkien’s crafting of this place.…

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Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty – Interview with Lisa Coutras

Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty – Interview with Lisa Coutras

Lisa Coutras Lisa Coutras is a theology scholar, author, and speaker. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from King’s College London in an M.Th. in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford. She also obtained a B.A. in Writing and Philosophy from Houghton College. Lisa’s research interests lie in the realm of…

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Spotlighting Tolkien Resources

Spotlighting Tolkien Resources

Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth, by Lisa Coutras Reflections by Dan Cruver and John PletcherDuring summertime 2020, we are spotlighting several of exceptional Tolkien resources that are favorites of the Eucatastrophe team. This month, we are featuring the work of Lisa Coutras. She holds a PhD in theology from King’s College,…

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Déagol’s Baked Fish

Déagol’s Baked Fish

Since we are discovering the Splendor of the Lands that inspired Middle-earth, I thought a recipe influenced by Scandinavian cooking would be appropriate. You might want to accompany your fish with green vegetables, such as cabbage or green beans; some pickled beets on the side would also be lovely. This particular recipe showed up in…

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Appreciating Beauty & Wonder in Tolkien’s Legendarium

Appreciating Beauty & Wonder in Tolkien’s Legendarium

Hello friends of the Eucatastrophe fellowship! We’re in for a great July. Our theme is “appreciating beauty & wonder in Tolkien’s legendarium.” We’ve got a great slate of content each week. Look forward to an exceptional recipe and great content focusing on the contribution of Dr. Lisa Coutras. Lisa’s work leads us into deeper and…

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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.