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JRR Tolkien is said to have come up with this term to describe ‘a sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending’. In a 1944 letter, he explains his coinage: “I coined the word ‘eucatastrophe’: the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears.” The eu in eucatastrophe is derived from Greek εὐ- meaning ‘good, well’.
‘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.’
Source: Oxford dictionaries
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