Definitions

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  • n. A catastrophe (dramatic event leading to plot resolution) that results in the protagonist's well-being.

Etymologies

eu- +‎ catastrophe, coined by J R R Tolkien. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I encountered this word in a recent piece of genre fiction; I have been unable to find any mainstream (dictionary)definitions for it. I did find the following:

    From The Urban Dictionary:
    eucatastrophe
    "The sudden joyous turn, not an ending, but the moment we get a glimpse of joy. A moment that passes outside the frame rends indeed the very web of story and lets a gleam come through, a gleam of revelation from outside the narrative."

    Word created by J.R.R Tolkien and first used in his fantasy saga, 'the Lord of the Rings'.
    Citation:
    The arrival of Him in her life turned out to be a eucatastrophic event

    From Wikipedia:

    Eucatastrophe is a term coined by J. R. R. Tolkien which refers to the sudden turn of events at the end of a story which result in the protagonist's well-being. He formed the word by affixing the Greek prefix eu, meaning good, to catastrophe, the word traditionally used in classically-inspired literary criticism to refer to the "unraveling" or conclusion of a drama's plot. For Tolkien, the term appears to have had a thematic meaning that went beyond its implied meaning in terms of form. In his definition as outlined in his 1947 essay On Fairy-Stories, eucatastrophe is a fundamental part of his conception of mythopoeia. Though Tolkien's interest is in myth, it is also connected to the gospels; Tolkien calls the Incarnation the eucatastrophe of "human history" and the Resurrection the eucatastrophe of the Incarnation.

    June 16, 2009