J.R.R. Tolkien on Easter and Eucatastrophe

In his wonderful lecture, On Fairy-StoriesJ.R.R. Tolkien writes of Easter as “the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe”:

“The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has preeminently the ‘inner consistency of reality.’ There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many skeptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. To reject it leads either to sadness or to wrath.”

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