I hate to belabor this point, but Conan drinks a healing potion at the end of "Xuthal of the Dusk" and is restored from what Howard describes as a state of near-death to full health. Also, a sorcerer throws magic missiles (or really wimpy fireballs) at Conan at the end of "The Scarlet Citadel".
Call me crazy, but I think there's definitely at least a very slim chance that maybe some of the ideas about "sword & sorcery" that are circulating on the internet may just possibly not 100% be based on a close reading of the literature.
Absolutely. You'll notice in my first post, I said:
" If I were to run a campaign set in Lankhmar, I'd do the same and just make up whatever magic stuff/powers the protagonists/antagonists needed."
There is magic, in the form of spells, items, creatures, gods, etc... in almost all of our favorite fantasy literature. But...what you don't see in the literature is the persitance of many of those items. For example, in Leiber's Bazzar of the Bizzare, there is a web of true seeing, which allows the protagonists to see through the alien huckster's illusions. You don't see that again in any of the other stories.
Back in the early 2ks, there was a lot of talk on ENWorld about no/low-magic and grim/gritty settings. I don't think either of those make good terms. I think "magic scarce" from the PC point of view is what many may actually mean. To expand on that, magic as a utility/feature of the PCs is scarce. Magic (perceived, anyway) abounds in the world around them, and antagonits often use magic agsainst the PCs (see Conan and Thoth Amon for a literary example.)