Tuesday, September 15, 2015
One characteristic of a modern fairy-story is the notion of the "happy ending." Near the end of "On Fairy-stories," Tolkien discusses this in relation to 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?