This is what I think about while hitting the gym.
So, let's dive in.
And I don't mean throwing about fireballs or conjuring up specters from the vasty deep. I speak of something more subtle.
I think it comes from the viewpoint being written.
It's the intentional stuff I'm not a fan of.
It doesn't de-mythologize. It mythologizes.
It's to varying degrees, of course, but it brings a gravitas back. And of course it varies, as some authors mythologize and de-mythologize simultaneously.
Here's another example. I'm reading a collections of oral legends of the Maasai tribe.
The storyteller speaks at a deeper and more subtle world. He speaks to the WHY.
Sometimes it's hoarded, spent in these careful places. Whenever Odin appears in The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson this is the mythic. But to truly make it sparkle... You must give generously.
But more importantly...
What if you fly?