Help! What was that word?

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  • I was blessed to see the BtLoG show (again!) in Champaign, IL in early December. During the early part of the show, Andrew mentioned a word coined by Tolkien that meant something along the lines of a sudden unexpected good thing that happened when everything seemed to be lost. Can anyone help me out with the word? I’ve been wracking my brain, and looking up everywhere I can with no luck. Thanks!

    Brandon Veller


    The word was “eucatastrapohe.”  I think he described at as the unexpected good thing that occurs when the power of darkness seems sure of victory (i.e. Gandalf showing up at Helm’s Deep).  I was at the same show in Champaign!  Andrew’s story of that word and how it describes the Christmas story was so powerful.


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    Thank you Dave!

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