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Old 07-23-2002, 10:50 AM   #5
The Silver-shod Muse
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Join Date: Apr 2002
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I agree Estelyn! [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
I know that this may seem just a bit off-topic, but one of the most moving examples of Tolkien's definition of eucatastrophe can be found in C.S. Lewis' The Last Battle. All the good creatures of Narnia are standing in the doorway behind Aslan seeing, horror-struck and overcome with grief, the dissolution of all that was Narnia. But when they turn back after the destruction and look through the doorway, expecting the end of all good times and joy, there is Narnia again, only bigger and better and brighter, a heaven, the true Narnia all along, as it were. All the things that the children thought were terrible and ruinous were really working towards good and the fulfillment of Aslan's plan. It is such a potent and stirring scene, albeit blatantly allegorical, and a very good utilization of the fantasy eucatastropy element.
"'You," he said, "tell her all. What good came to you? Do you rejoice that Maleldil became a man? Tell her of your joys, and of what profit you had when you made Maleldil and death acquainted.'" -Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis
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