A good story has to inspire basic struggles and hopes of humanity. There is always an imaginative journey through struggles to some sort of hope, however difficult it is to get there. In my tradition, the main example of this would be the story of Svipdag, the half-elf, half-human with no home in any folk, who must quest to rescue the Goddess of Love, and then after delivering her from the darkness of the monster's caves of ice, to win her hand must travel deep down into the underworld to retrieve a sword of great might to present as a bride-gift, and then bring it to the Hall of the High Ones in the sky. Svipdag is later given the name Odr, meaning Soulful Imagination (or Poetic Inspiration), highlighting how this story is the story of the imagination or soul's struggles to find love, to conquer fear, to reach the ancestral wisdom at the heart of the world, and then to raise oneself up to a higher spiritual level where hope reigns. And all that centuries upon centuries before Joseph Campbell!