Meaning of eucatastrophe in English:


Pronunciation /ˌjuːkəˈtastrəfi/


  • A sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

    ‘Tolkien called the gospel account the ‘eucatastrophe’, the happiest of all tragedies, because it satisfies the human heart's deepest yearnings, including the desire for an epic mythology.’
    • ‘Nowadays, a vulnerable hero can suffer and achieve his mission, can protect and serve through pain and death because Christ's eucatastrophe brought about a revolution in literature.’


1944 first recorded in a letter by J. R. R Tolkien, who apparently coined the term; from eu- + catastrophe.