Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The difference between catharsis, individuation and eucatastrophe becomes more and more important. Each of these concepts points to the end of a story-line and how it should be percieved.

The oldest is of course the Aristotelian concept of catharsis. Here we find a way to deal with terror and fears in the classic tragedy by seeking psychological cleansing.

The Jungian concept of individuation is about growing from childhood to adult through different aspects of archetypes. Finally, when all this epic drama is over the person in question becomes an individual with no further need of archetypical influences.

In the Tolkienian concept of eucatastrophe we find joy and consolation. Going through what seems like a never-ending doom we are suddenly surprised by joy.

What kind of story do you want?
Yesterday, I went to play D&D in Aalborg Rollespils Laug [Aalborg Roleplaying Guild]. I ended up with an elven sorceress carrying the blood of a gold dragon called Ethan. Her name is Zaphial Draconix, because she is decendant of a family dedicated to help dragons. In ancient times an elven hero saved the dragon eggs from being stolen. If it wasnt for him the dragon bloodline may have ended. Not because dragons were hunted down, but simply because they would not have had any offspring. In return he got some dragonblood into his own and became very powerful indeed giving him the ablity to breath fire. Accordingly, he took the name Draconix. Since then dragons has been very kind to the Draconix family. But more than that she has got a Flying Carpet and Slippers of Spider Climb.

Thursday, March 04, 2004