Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic............Arthur C. Clarke

Confined to quarters here, I have had time to start reading some Ursula K. Le Guin.  I have deduced a corollary to Clarke's Third Law, cited above:

Any sufficiently described magic is indistinguishable from technology.

Magic, described in detail, is just technology, loses its magical quality.  Tolkien is careful to keep most of  the details of his magic well off stage, and that is a great virtue.


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