1. Lisa says:

    This is a useful explanation, I think. Too many people see the word “wizard” and immediately assume “evil”. This is a good article to point to the next time I come across that mindset. Thanks, R.L.!

  2. I don’t have a hard-and-fast dividing line, I guess.  If the “magic” in the storyworld is actually more of a science, that negates it as magic to me, and a lot of stories are like that.  In most cases fantasy magic is an innate ability of the user or a scientific part of their world.  I haven’t read many books where it wasn’t, but I’d probably not be comfortable with those books and put them down, unless the good guys were – as you said – clearly using these powers as gifts of God and in His service.

  3. Julie D says:

    I’ll keep this in mind for my mom sometime. It reminds me of how the Noldar in the Silmarillion were called “Nomin,” (The Wise) by the early Men.

  4. az says:

    magic is etymologically synonymous to might, thus source matters, not name

What do you think?