“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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The Water and the Music

The Water and the Music

If you are eager for some refreshment, some restoration in your soul, then you are really going to enjoy all that’s in store for us during May. Our theme is “The Water and the Music.” Tolkien has so much to say about the nexus of those two life elements. We have an incredible interview in…

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Photo Discussion – April 2020

Photo Discussion – April 2020

This month, we’re including a photo discussion. This spectacular photo from Fell & Fair could be the subject of your gaze for many minutes as you uncover more and more stunning details. We invite you to share YOUR thoughts and observations in the comments below. As a member, you can download the hi-res image. Zoom…

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A Rosie Day

A Rosie Day

​Of the many charming places I wish to visit in the Shire, my first choice would be Hobbiton. My preferred companion of the day would be Rosie Gamgee née Cotton. I wouldn’t complain of meeting any of our beloved and most famous hobbits, but I fancy that to have a fellow woman with whom to…

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Hiking the Green Hill Country

Hiking the Green Hill Country

“Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt….As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they…

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Fixing Farmer Maggot’s Wagon

Fixing Farmer Maggot’s Wagon

Crack! “Dang it.” Crack! “Ah, there it is.” The flame roars to life from freshly dried tobacco leaves in my third-generation pipe. The sun sets behind rows of corn, nearly dusk now, as the fireflies begin their evening dance. I pull out my daily farm journal, a discipline passed down from my father to chronicle…

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New Hope in the Party Field

New Hope in the Party Field

Every journey begins with that first fateful step. It’s a dangerous business. But, as many a Hobbit has discovered, those risky comings and goings are often fruitful despite the odds. When the Hobbits returned to the Shire in The Return of the King, they thought the hard times were behind them. Smooth sailing was the…

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The Road to Adventure

The Road to Adventure

If I could call on one character at the Shire, I would visit Bilbo Baggins at Bag End at Bagshot Row. He is rather like me in that he is eccentric but also fun. Would that I could read the real Red Book: translations, lays, and so much more! I would also love to see…

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My Day in the Shire

My Day in the Shire

As I wake, the sun rays shine upon me. Inside my little hobbit hole, I open the windows and smell my flowers that I have grown so tediously. I prepare breakfast. Poached eggs on toast, perfectly timed to perfection. Soon after, I take a walk around the Shire, keeping my pleasantries short and kind. The…

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Visiting My Hero

Visiting My Hero

There is no place like the Shire, and there never shall be. The Shire is a small place which mostly goes unnoticed on the big map of Middle-earth. It is in reality a very great breath of fresh air. It has hills, gardens, farms, and river. That is not the entire reason this place is…

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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.