These are what come to mind.
- The One Ring and all the lesser rings (The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien)
- The Wizard's staffs, e.g. Gandalf's, Saruman's, Radagast's, Pallando's, Alatar's (The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien)
- Excalibur (Dragons in our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard, Bryan Davis)
- The Sword of Cruedwyn Creed (Legends of Karac Tor, D. Barkley Briggs)
- The Belt of Deltora (Deltora Quest, Emily Rodda)
- Kale's moonbeam cape and invisible sword (Dragon Keeper Chronicles, Donita K. Paul)
What is the point of magical objects? It is to infer the ability of using magic to the wielder.
Magic has been used a lot in fantasy fiction. Magic basically is the main component that defines most fantasy fiction. And magical objects are only one of the ways in which magic can manifest itself.
Recently, I have begun work on a project I first began on October 23, 2012, then shelved—Broken Time. In my concept draft of what would happen, I listed three magical objects that the protagonists would need to find.
Now, I have developed one of the worlds much further, and I have started writing down the storyline roughly. But as I write this, I wonder to myself, why do I actually need the Book of Shahrazu? Why do I need the Staff of Armion? These are mere objects with a magical power. Objects.
I have found that in my books I do not need magical objects. Here is why.
- The magical object bestows a power upon the user.
- If that magic is against the laws of God, then the user should not use it.
- If that magic is not against the laws of God, then God will be able to gift His servants with the equal and greater portion of magic than what the object when He deems fit.
In this, I discover that I don't need magic.
There are some types of magic that, in the realms of fantasy, I define as acceptable for the servants of God to use and other types that are unacceptable.
- Healing. Generally, I accept this.
- Wizardry, as in Gandalf's wizardry. I have no problem with this.
- Sorcery, which is black magic, is unacceptable.
- Necromancy is unacceptable.
- Witchcraft is unacceptable.
- Hypnotism is unacceptable.
- Enchantment is unacceptable.
You'll see that the list of acceptable magic is much shorter than that of unacceptable. I happen to like the word 'sorceress'. But I do not use it for any of my protagonists, because of the simple fact that sorcery is unacceptable and against the commands of God.
Do you use magic in your books? If so, do you have limits? Are there magical objects that the protagonist must find to defeat the enemy? And are these magical objects really needed?