An Ancient Faith for Modern Times

Exploring Meaning in Tolkien’s Middle Earth

Join us for a weekly discussion group on J.R.R. Tolkien and his works:
Wizard Works Brewing
231 E. Buffalo Street, Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Tuesday Evenings 6:00 p.m.
Starting March 8th
For more information: bjras@holycrossmke

Refracted Light & Eucatastrophe

“Man, sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single white to many hues, and endlessly combined in living shapes that move from mind to mind.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories

The plight of mankind is to seek recovery, escape, consolation, meaning, and truth. To know that eucatastrophe exists; the ‘good catastrophe’ where the sudden joyous good in the midst of tragedy brings meaning and comfort. To seek redemption and restoration in a world marred by evil. Recovery, escape, consolation, hope, and edification in eucatastrophe are the purpose of what Tolkien defines as fairy stories. To understand Tolkien’s works is to understand what he calls the refracted light that permeates them.


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