Sunday, March 27, 2011
One characteristic of a modern fairy-story we discussed briefly last week has to do with the "happy ending." Near the end of "On Fairy-stories," Tolkien discusses his idea of the eucatastrophe. Write about your thoughts on this idea, and how this idea relates to the concept of the happy ending. Are "eucatastrophe" and "happy ending" synonymous? Do modern fairy-stories and fantasy works of any medium tend to contain this idea of eucatastrophe, or of happy ending, or both? Or neither?