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Author: Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic

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Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears.

These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.
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Achilles is back and it's god vs. god, Greek vs. Trojan, Achilles vs. Hector in the most epic battle of the Trojan War. The creature this week, the Seto taishō, will absolutely come after you with a sharpened spoon. His weakness? Light kicks. Episode post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14155/177c-trojan-war-when-i-am-gone/ -- Sponsor: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends -- Music: “Watercool Quiet” by Blue Dot Sessions “Thunder Comes” by Will Van De Crommert “Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Feel the Tension” by Bobby Cole “Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions “War Action Orchestra” by Denis Kotenko “Battle on the Beach” by Bobby Cole “Lady Lupine” by Blue Dot Sessions “Broken” by Michael Vignola “Places” by Michael Vignola
The episode starts with Menelaus sparking the biggest battle of the war so far and ends with an even bigger battle. A lot happens as the Trojan War, with the absence of Achilles, takes its darkest turn yet. The creature is Amabie! A mermaid with great hair who just wants to help you out. Episode post (with Amabie links): https://www.mythpodcast.com/14149/177b-trojan-war-storm-of-spears/ -- Sponsors: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends For the best socks I've ever worn (not the same ones, that would be weird they're new) go to http://bombas.com/legends and get 20% off your first order -- Music: "Paper Boat" by Podington Bear "Secret Pocketbook" by Blue Dot Sessions
177A-Trojan War: Rage

177A-Trojan War: Rage

2020-03-1851:2616

“Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.” We're here. The culmination of a dozen episodes and twice as many stories has led to this. Achilles. Helen. Agamemnon. Menelaus. Hector. Odysseus. There's a reason these names are still with us after thousands of years. This is the story of the Trojan War. The creature is pretty much the opposite of an epic, brutal war. It's the not-epic, not-intimidating little Tofu boy! The episode post with the listening list: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14142/177a-trojan-war-rage/ The membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership -- Sponsors: Squarespace: Head to Squarespace.com/MYTHS for a free trial.- And when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out Best Fiends, the 5-star rated mobile puzzle game, on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Looking for another side of Vegas? Visit Aria.com for more. -- Music: “Darkened Treeline” by Blue Dot Sessions “Throughput” by Blue Dot Sessions “Roadside Bunkhouse” by Blue Dot Sessions “Illa Villardo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Only Lara” by Blue Dot Sessions “Pedalrider” by Blue Dot Sessions “Late Night Reading” by Blue Dot Sessions
Three stories this week from the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen about people that are matchless. The first is the tale of the emperor and his new clothes, where an emperor who needs a new coat every hour gets an offer he can't refuse. The second is about a boy who wants to marry the daughter of a monarch and all the cool gadgets and racially insensitive cosplaying he'll do to win her hand, and the third is the story of the little match girl. That one literally has matches in it. I still do puns. The creature is the scariest couch potato in the world. If the seas have couches. I mean, they probably have lots of couches with how much trash we throw into them. Ok, I'm sad now. The store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store The post on mythpodcast.com: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14116/176-the-emperors-new-clothes-matchless/ -- Sponsors! Looking for another side of Vegas? Visit Aria.com for more. Check out Simplisafe and get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial. Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends Check out Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform, premiering Wednesday, March 18th! -- Sources: The Emperor's New Clothes: https://www.mythpodcast.com/sources/the-emperors-new-clothes-by-hans-christian-andersen/ The Swineherd: https://www.mythpodcast.com/sources/the-swineherd-hans-christian-andersen/ The Little Match Girl: https://www.mythpodcast.com/sources/the-little-match-girl-hans-christian-andersen/ -- Music: “Symphony No. 1: II. Truth” by Steve Combs “Thom York (At Home)” by Podington Bear “Symphony No. 1: IV. Hope” by Steve Combs “Delican’t” by Podington Bear “Twosome” by Podington Bear “Introduction to Part 1” by Steve Combs “Despite my Empathy” by Steve Combs “Sex and Death and God” by Steve Combs “April” by Kai Engel
175-Thor: Surprises

175-Thor: Surprises

2020-03-0450:2816

Thor’s daughter is getting married to a dwarf, and Thor is the last person to find out about it. Also he punted a dwarf onto a burning ship for fun at his brother’s funeral, so things might get awkward. The creature is the Segbin, and it’s a smelly goat that bites. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t want to eat you. It wants to kill you, but it doesn’t want to eat you. The Myths and Legends store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store The post on mythpodcast.com with all the names: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14036/175-thor-surprises/ — Sponsors: Squarespace: Head to http://Squarespace.com/MYTHS for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform, premiering Wednesday, March 18th! — Music: “An Unknown Visitor” by Blue Dot Sessions “Baroque” by Blue Dot Sessions “Blood Petal” by Blue Dot Sessions “Slow Toe” by Blue Dot Sessions “Thread of Clouds” by Blue Dot Sessions
The story of Sir Isumbras, a knight from the high Middle Ages, includes talking birds, epic battles, unicorns, and a quest for redemption where the redemption includes the knight's participation in the crusades... The creature is the sealah (pronounced SHE-la), a genie that just wants to go out dancing and get dinner...and by that it means it wants you to dance for it before turning you into its dinner. The Myths and Legends store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsors! Check out Best Fiends, the 5-star rated mobile puzzle game, on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Handy.com: Get you first 3-hour cleaning for only $29 when you sign up for a cleaning plan at https://handy.com/legends promo code LEGENDS. -- Music: "Four and Fourteen" by Blue Dot Sessions "In the Box" by Blue Dot Sessions "San Diego Sunday" by Blue Dot Sessions "Stack Me Up" by Blue Dot Sessions "Vela Vela" by Blue Dot Sessions -- Scholarly works: Sir Isumbras and the Legend of St. Eustace: https://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/abs/10.1484/J.MS.2.305998 Between Romance and Legend: "Secular Hagiography" in Middle English Literature: https://glasgow.rl.talis.com/items/F90AE930-28C7-F45F-C0B5-CD2F84017EEF.html Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance: https://books.google.com/books?id=mPqfNFQcVksC&pg=PA218&dq=sir+isumbras&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjasPOAtu7nAhVBSN8KHaSBCp8Q6AEwBHoECAIQAg#v=onepage&q=sir%20isumbras&f=false The Sinful Knights (no preview available, sadly): https://books.google.com/books?newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&id=QCxaAAAAMAAJ&dq=Andrea+Hopkins%2C+The+Sinful+Knights%3A+A+Study+of+Middle+English+Penitential+Romance&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=sir+isumbras The Loss of the Holy Land and Sir Isumbras: https://www.jstor.org/stable/27866771?seq=1  
Fortune favors the bold. Or people willing to put up with a decade of junk. Or the best liars. On this episode, there are two stories: one from Tunisia, and the other from Italy, about people who take their fate into their own hands to varying, oftentimes disastrous results. The creature is a sad sea goat who just wants to be with all of his other sad sea goats but, because the Greek gods are the Greek gods, he’s doomed to a life of tragedy. Sorry, sad sea goat. The Myths and Legends store is back! https://www.mythpodcast.com/store — Sponsors: Do your gym a favor. Go with Bombas socks. To get 20% off your first purchase, go to http://www.bombas.com/legends Locke and Key: Check out the new show, only on Netflix! — “Blur and Coalesce” by Podington Bear “Cake” by Podington Bear “Senseless” by Podington Bear “Sorrento” by Podington Bear “Trickledown” by Podington Bear “Fantasy and Denoument” by Podington Bear
The story of the master thief, from Norwegian folklore, which will have you wondering what the difference is between a master thief and someone who exploits the laziness and ignorance of strangers in incredibly basic ways for their own gain. Also, being a good parent apparently means abandoning your kid in the forest? The creature this week is the skolopendra, and it…might just be real. — The Myths and Legends store is back up and running! Check it out: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store — Sponsors: Squarespace: Head to http://Squarespace.com/MYTHS for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Locke and Key: Check out the new show, only on Netflix! — Music: “Chainlink Melody” by Podington Bear “Shines Through Trees” by Podington Bear “Kitty in the Window” by Podington Bear “Pinky” by Blue Dot Sessions “Samara” by Podington Bear “Talltell” by Blue Dot Sessions “Seashore” by Podington Bear
Three stories of love from India. The first is what happens when a prostitute and a thief try to build a life together. The second is what happens when a barber gets to ask a king for anything. The third is about a man who saves a mouse...and what happens when that mouse wants to get married. The creature is the man of your dreams...if your dreams happen to include a man who is a snake-wolf-dragon. -- The Myths and Legends store is back up! https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Music: “Flutterbee” by Podington Bear “Wavy Glass” by Podington Bear “Blossoming” by Podington Bear “Boardwalk” by Podington Bear “Chrysalis” by Podington Bear “Outmoded Waltz” by Podington Bear “Scaffoldings” by Podington Bear
This week, we continue the story of Grettir. Last week he was driven by an intense, mysterious tendency toward self-destruction. This week, he’ll still have that…but he’s been cursed by a draugr to always be unlucky. And it shows. A lot. He’ll start this week’s episode on his way home to start a new life and he’ll end it…we’ll, you’ll see. The creature is the Turban snail demon, and it’s why, if you see a snail demon dancing exotically on the water, you should not stop to say hello. Myths and Legends store! https://www.mythpodcast.com/store — Sponsors: Check out Best Fiends, the 5-star rated mobile puzzle game, on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Follow @BankUnited on Twitter and Tweet @BankUnited your answer to “What you would do with 54 thousand dollars?” using the hashtag #GoForMore54! — Music: “Third in Line” by Blue Dot Sessions “Veins of Silver” by Blue Dot Session “Holo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Scalloped” by Blue Dot Sessions “Midday” by Blue Dot Sessions “Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Ballast” by Blue Dot Sessions “Four Point Path” by Blue Dot Sessions
This week, we’re back in the Icelandic sagas with the story of Grettir the strong, who, whether it’s by berserkers crashing his Christmas party, bears stealing his clothes, or his own obscene insult poetry, just can’t catch a break. Speaking of breaks, you should really break up if you find yourself dating the creature this week. The Myths and Legends store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsors: Head to Squarespace.com/MYTHS for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Bank United: Tweet @BankUnited your answer to “What you would do with 54 thousand dollars?” using the hashtag #GoForMore54 -- Music: “Stack me up” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lakkalia” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cach” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lubby” by Blue Dot Sessions
A story from the famous Middle Eastern collection of folklore entitled 1001 Nights where, three friends go on a road trip to get so many bottles full of evil genies. There's no such thing as too many side quests when their travels lead them to the legendary City of Brass, one of the greatest cities in the world...one that shut itself off from the world years ago. The creature is a little guy with red hair who hates being farted on. The Myths and Legends store: http://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Check out Simplisafe! Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends to get free shipping and a 60-day risk free trial! -- Music: “Surface Tension 3” by Podington Bear “Stucco Grey” by Blue Dot Sessions “Neon Drip” by Blue Dot Sessions “Surface Tension 1” by Podington Bear “No Solace” by Podington Bear “Placticity” by Blue Dot Sessions “Warbled Reflection” by Podington Bear
How to win friends and influence people and also get beat up a lot in the 12th century. We've talked about Robin's origins, but who are all these other guys? Today we learn some outlaw recruiting strategies (mainly just getting whacked in the ribs with a stick and giving piggyback rides) and meet all the other important members of Robin's crew. The creature is just a pleasant and fashionable coat who will not so pleasantly remove the skin and muscle and everything from your bones. The Myths and Legends store! https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsors: Head to http://Squarespace.com/myths for a free trial and use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out the awesome mobile game, Best Fiends, on the Apple App Store or Google Play! -- Music: “The Bus at Dawn” by Blue Dot Sessions “Blue Blanket” by Poddington Bear “Scallat” by Blue Dot Sessions "Moodswing” by Podington Bear “Shapeshifters” by Podington Bear “Pinky” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lover’s Hollow” by Blue Dot Sessions “Indian Paintbrush” by Blue Dot Sessions
167-Nutcracker: Cracked

167-Nutcracker: Cracked

2019-12-2448:1519

This week, it is the insane original story behind the popular holiday ballet. In this story for children, we'll get some contradictory lessons for the kids. Getting into a van with a stranger offering candy? Bad. Getting into a silver carriage with a man offering a whole magical world full of candy? Awesome (not really - seriously, kids don't do that). In a podcast full of problematic and wildly different original tellings of popular adaptations, this might be the most different and most problematic. The creature this week is a haggard old woman who travels from town to town letting kids know if they're on the naughty list...using her knife and a bag full of garbage. -- Sponsors: Get 25% off PLUS a free camera by going to http://simplisafe.com/legends. Offer ends 12/31/2019! -- Music: "Hard Won" by Podington Bear "Dowl" by Podington Bear "March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions "Plum King" by Blue Dot Sessions "Caprese" by Blue Dot Sessions "Curious Case" by Blue Dot Sessions
Two (originally children's) tales that underscore the shocking brutality of the world in which these stories were told. The first one is that of three roommates: a sausage, a bird, and a mouse, who decide to mix things up for once. The second is the Robber Bridegroom, a story where a woman has to marry a man who horrifies her...and the lengths she'll go to in order to get out of it. The creature is the Roperite, a vengeful, narcissistic bird who just can't get over the Roadrunner's good luck. -- Sponsor: Simplisafe! To get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings visit http://simplisafe.com/legends! -- Music: “Ice Pack” by Podington Bear “Our Only Uplift” by Blue Dot Sessions “Deadly Recitation” by Blue Dot Sessions “Pelliu” by Blue Dot Sessions “Parasol” by Blue Dot Sessions
The story of a weaving contest between a goddess and a woman challenging the cruelty and tyranny of the Olympians leads us into three more stories: Pandora's box; the great flood of the ancient Greek world; and the love story of Idas and Marpessa, two people who saw the gods taking whatever and whoever they wanted, and said "no." The creature this week is the rolling calf. It's neither rolling nor a calf. Discuss. -- Sponsors: Visit http://www.simplisafe.com/legends to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings! To get 20% off your first purchase, go to http://www.bombas.com/legends and try out the most comfortable socks in the history of feet! -- Music: “Dense” by Podington Bear “At Our Best Alone” by Blue Dot Sessions “Constellation” by Podington Bear “Matamoscas” by Blue Dot Sessions “Little Black Cloud” by Podington Bear “Four and Fourteen” by Blue Dot Sessions “Broken Branch” by Podington Bear
A short supplemental that finishes the story of Lady White Snake...because there wasn't enough story left for a full episode. There's still a full Myths and Legends episode coming out on Wednesday! The Myths and Legends store: http://www.mythpodcast.com/store Music: "Louver" by Blue Dot Sessions
Xu Xian is dead. He discovered the truth about his wife and he died. I mean, yeah, he's dead...but he's also unwittingly married to a 1700 year old magical demon snake on a redemption arc, so...you know...something might happen. Seriously, though, this is a packed episode. There are magical (if not wholly unexpected) resurrections, crustacean armies, Doctor Strange ripoffs, and that's just in the first half. The creature this time is the suppon no yūrei, and probably a good idea to give up eating turtle altogether. -- Sponsors: Check out the Supernatural Skeptics Guide to New Orleans wherever you get your podcasts or at http://www.hvrwalkingdead.com Go to https://madison-reed.com and use the code LEGENDS to get 10% off plus free shipping. Get you first 3-hour cleaning for only $29 when you sign up for a cleaning plan at https://handy.com/legends promo code LEGENDS -- Music: “Throughput” by Blue Dot Sessions “Storm Passing” by Podington Bear “Threshold” by Podington Bear “John Stockton Slow Drag” by Chris Zabriskie “Undercover Vampire Policeman” by Chris Zabriskie
The legend of the White Snake is one of the four great folktales of China. Today, we start that with an act of kindness, demons lurking in the places we can’t look, and a (misguided?) monk hoping to bring justice. When the creature this week has time off, it prefers crashing funerals and projectile vomiting on strangers. — Sponsors: Simplisafe has a massive Black Friday sale, so check it out before December 2nd and when you do, go to https://simplisafe.com/legends! Check out the awesome mobile game, Best Fiends, on the Apple App Store or Google Play!
There's a surprising amount to the story of Hansel and Gretel. There's your average fairy tale weirdness, like load-bearing cake and aquatic duck Uber, but there's an unexpected humanity in the story that I think is overlooked. I hope you like it. The creature is punyaiama, from India, and she's the reason you can't get drunk in your own home. -- Sponsors: Simplisafe has a massive Black Friday sale, so check it out before December 2nd and when you do, go to https://simplisafe.com/legends! The new Marvel podcast (called "Marvels") is out on Stitcher premium and it sounds awesome. Use the code MYTH for a free month at https://stitcherpremium.com to listen now! Get you first 3-hour cleaning for only $29 when you sign up for a cleaning plan at https://handy.com/legends promo code LEGENDS -- "Re:Joyce" by Podington Bear "Running on Empty" by Podington Bear "Tarnish" by Podington Bear "Warbled Reflection" by Podington Bear "The Snowgarden" by Blue Dot Sessions "Stack Me Up" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Highride" by Blue Dot Sessions
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Comments (372)

Jonathan Thompson

Jason is a great storyteller & he makes the ones that could be just lifeless droning, like the Iliad or the Viking sagas, exciting. The biggest thing for me is the things that don't make sense, like the ending of The Little Mermaid, and Jason points that out. This is all fun and funny.

Apr 6th
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Rebecca Butcher

Haha, I'm an English major too, and also must right the world of grammar!

Mar 10th
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Mehrafrouz Kalantar

He talks too fast

Mar 6th
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agustin venegas

Why I'm an atheist 101

Feb 26th
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chad zilla

so, blacksmiths were known for doing alot more than simply being a blacksmith.. like a dentist or carpenter..

Feb 13th
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Anon Ymous

Easily my best Non-Infosec podcast. Hands down.

Jan 26th
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Create Happiness

I haven't been able to get Arachne's tragic story out of my mind since listening to this episode. I've heard the myth before but nothing ever made her into the living and breathing protagonist that this podcast did.

Jan 22nd
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Robin Mickelburgh

I want to like this show, but the narrator spoils every single story! i dont need to listen to this episode as he gave it all away last time PLUS will tell me the whole episode in the first minute of this one.

Jan 20th
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Colton James Miller

I love Myths and Legends! You guys do such a great job! Every Wednesday my commute is something I actually look forward too because of you guys. Thank you guys for sharing these stories, keep up the awesome work!

Jan 17th
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Gage Guilbeau

Lol just got to the scary stories ep. where he talks about the clown epidemic we had years back. Made me laugh thinking that the reason they stopped is cause people stopped messing around and start fighting and running over anyone dumb enough to do it.

Jan 10th
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Morgan Malice

mousecar 😂 this podcast gives me life.

Jan 3rd
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M Fawls

Listening to these episodes it occurs to me that you are not simply reading a lesser known version of a familiar myth or legend. You're researching, condensing/aggregating and editing each of them plus creating the audio. The finished product sounds fairly simple and straightforward but there's a lot of work in the background to create that final impression.

Dec 19th
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Morgan Malice

i love the highlighting of the systemic issues going on in that story

Dec 18th
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Gage Guilbeau

Only think I don’t like is the constant trying to took at it all through modern eyes and then you saying “ but I’ll let that be” 1000 times. But that might just be cause I’m binging eps.

Dec 10th
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Wisdom Edmonds

I lovvve this podcast!

Nov 28th
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Morgan Malice

trans representation and gender fluidity in Loki is the best thing ever and extremely important

Nov 18th
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Morgan Malice

more robin hood please!

Nov 13th
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Morgan Malice

"at least they weren't so creepy about it" 😂

Nov 7th
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Alan Aladdin M.E Jacob

Aladdin is an Arabic name, not a Chinese name. the story is from one thousand and one nights book. Why did you mention that Aladdin is Chinese not Arab?

Nov 5th
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Dave Côté

enough with the brow cockings 😉

Nov 1st
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