Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tragedy vs Eucatastrophe
Thinking back to "On Fairy Stories", Tolkien talks about the importance of the eucatastrope or sudden turn that leads to a happy ending. We all know and love the more famous works like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings the do have eucatastrophes. Happy endings are important to the genre of fantasy/fairy stories. However, The Children of Húrin has no eucatastrophe. It's still a fairy story, but also a tragedy. My question to you all is which do you prefer? Did you find the tragedy cathartic in any way, or was it too much of a downer? What are the advantages of tragedy over happy endings? And since this is the longest of the "tales" of Beleriand, do you think Tolkien placed particular importance/emphasis on it because it was so tragic?