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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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We're back in the stories of 1001 nights, where Scheherazade has to tell bedtime stories to save her life. On the first, a man ruins a wedding reception and can't show his face in town again. The second starts with a murder, and then only gets darker.This week's item, the ridiculous umbrella hat: https://myths.link/umbrella--Sponsors:BetterHelp: get 10 percent off your first month at http://BetterHelp.com/mythsBombas: Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get 20 percent off your first purchase at http://bombas.com/legendsAthletic Greens: Check it out! You’ll receive up to a year’s supply of Liquid Vitamin D for FREE with your first purchase. Go to http://athleticgreens.com/legendsIndeed: try Indeed out with a free 75 dollar credit at Indeed.com/legends--Music:“Sunset Stroll into the Wood” by Podington Bear“Retrograde” by Podington Bear“Two Boys and a Girl” by Podington Bear"Wavy Glass" by Podington Bear"Linen" by Podington Bear“Minor Islands” by Podington Bear
Returning to Irish legends, we tackle the wooing of Etain, a love story that goes up against witches turning people into puddles and flies, multiple angry spouses, and death itself.The creature is a dangerous blanket! Don't sit on blankets with teeth!--Sponsors:Simplisafe: Check out http://simplisafe.com/legends to get a free HD camera with your order.--Music:“Balti” by Blue Dot Sessions“Our Fingers Cold” by Blue Dot Sessions“Children of Lemuel” by Blue Dot Sessions"The Summit" by Blue Dot Sessions“Steadfast” by Blue Dot Sessions“Encounter” by Podington Bear“Refraction” by Podington Bear"Passing Station 7" by Blue Dot Sessions"Cicle Ariel" by Blue Dot Sessions
A story from Japanese folklore of Princess Moonlight, from Japanese folklore, where a bamboo cutter finds one of those magical heaven babies in a bamboo stalk (you know, those extremely common glowing children found in plants) and it changes his life, and the whole empire, forever.The creature this week is a dangerous Greek fox because the ancient Greek city of Thebes can't catch a break ever.--Sponsor:Better Help: Myths and Legends listeners get 10% off your first monthat http://betterhelp.com/myths--Extras:Wolverine claws! https://myths.link/wolverineMembership: http://support.mythpodcast.comMusic:“Calm and Gentle and Touching Inspiration” by Denis Pavlov“Cold Dust” by Jermaine Culbreath“Borough” by Blue Dot Sessions“Town Market” by Blue Dot Sessions"Roadside Bunkhouse" by Blue Dot Sessions"Dolly and Pad" by Blue Dot Sessions
Robin Hood is back on the road and ready to make some quick cash, so of course, he's going to go undercover as a beggar an infiltrate a secret society. Meanwhile Little John poured himself into a friar costume to hit on strangers.The creature is an iron-toothed rat who will eat your books.--Sponsors:Simplisafe: Check out http://simplisafe.com/legends to get a free HD camera with your order.Better Help: Myths and Legends listeners get 10% off your first monthat http://betterhelp.com/mythsAcornTV: Try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to http://acorn.tv and using the promo code LEGENDS--Music:"Back Stairs" by Podington Bear"Line Etching" by Blue Dot Sessions"Colrain" by Blue Dot Sessions"Lamprey" by Blue Dot Sessions"Logjam" by Podington Bear"All Out" by Podington Bear
197-Viking Legends: VFFs

197-Viking Legends: VFFs

2020-09-2351:062

After a ball game goes wrong in the worst possible way, Viking best friends go on a quest to clear their names. A quest that involves poison vultures, evil priestess witches, kings that can transform into dragons, and stuffed animal cows.The creature is the teakettler! A creature that just wants to be left alone and if you keep hassling it, it will get really steamed...in that it will shoot a jet of steam at you.--Music:"Black is the Color" by Podington Bear“He went away” by Podington Bear“Voyage to America” by Lance Conrad“All the Pretty Horses” by Podington Bear “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Podington Bear“Peter Gray” by Podington Bear“Dunes” by Podington Bear"Pxl Cray" by Blue Dot Sessions“Forecasting” by Podington Bear--Fondue problems require fondue solutions (fondutions?): https://myths.link/fondue
A reboot, of sorts, of Reynard the Fox, everyone's favorite brutal, amoral trickster. I found a much older, much more nuanced version of the fox's stories. Today, we meet his father, get an origin story, and see him trying to make things right in a society run by predators...or is he working a long con to eat all the animals in his charge? With Reynard, we never really know.The creature this week is the Talasam, who will very politely ask you for a human sacrifice.--Sponsors:Bombas! Check out http://bombas.com/legends for 20% off your first purchase.Indeed - go to http://indeed.com/legends to get a free $75 credit to boost your posting--Music:"Forces" by Podington Bear"Little Door" by Podington Bear"Away Game" by Blue Dot Sessions“Cach” by Blue Dot Sessions“Her Caliber” by Blue Dot Sessions"Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions
Dionysus was the god of wine from Greek myths and the last Olympian to earn a place on Mount Olympus. His story starts with him being born from Zeus's thigh...and then somehow gets stranger. He does make a lot of really fun, dangerously intense fans among the humans, though.The creature is the Tenjoname! He's a helpful ghost who will clean your ceilings with his filthy tongue!Check out the ad-free membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership--Sponsors:Indeed: Try Indeed out with a free $75 credit at http://indeed.com/legendsHello Fresh: Go to http://HelloFresh.com/myths80 and use code myths80 to get a total of $80 off your first month, including free shipping on your first box.--Music:“Shiny” by Podington Bear“Um Pepino (Artos Mix)” by Blue Dot Sessions“Silent Flock” by Blue Dot Sessions“Tarnish” by Podington Bear"Sylvestor" by Blue Dot Sessions"KeoKeo" by Blue Dot Sessions"KeoKeo (acoustic version)" by Blue Dot Sessions--Extras:A public domain version of the latter half of today's story: https://myths.link/bacchaeGood source on the Tenjoname: https://myths.link/tenjonameCardboard cutout of Guy Fieri: https://myths.link/fieri
194-Mulan: The Warrior

194-Mulan: The Warrior

2020-09-0247:131

A completely new version of the Mulan legend, sourced from a story from the late middle ages, so even if you think you know the Mulan story, this version has twists and turns that make her big secret, that she's a woman pretending to be a man, the least of her worries.The creature is the Manticore! It's terrifying, but not for the reasons that it should be terrifying!The episode post (and horrifying pictures of the Manticore): https://myths.link/194The earlier Mulan episode based off "The Ballad of Mulan": https://myths.link/4--Sponsors:You. Yes, you. Hi. I don't say this enough, but thank you so much for listening. This podcast would not be where it is today without your support, whether you're a member, you've supported one of our sponsors, told a friend, tweeted, shared the show, or simply listened weekly for years, you're the best. Thank you.--Music:"Insatiable Toad" by Blue Dot Sessions"Inside the Origami Violin" by Blue Dot Sessions"Cocoon Transit" by Blue Dot Sessions"Vibrant Canopy" by Blue Dot Sessions"Moving Emotional Piano Hero Track" by Daniel Bordovsky"Broken" by Michael Vignola
We're on the road with the monk, Xuanzang, and Monkey King, Sun Wukong, as they start their Journey to the West... that is, if Sun Wukong is coming back from taking off in a huff (he is). Once he gets back, the trip won't be without problems, though, like river dragons, murderous monks, and bear ogre birthday parties. -- Sponsors: We think it's the best in home security. Give it a shot with free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial at http://simplisafe.com/legends Preparing for a standardized test? Go to http://magoosh.com and use the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Blue" by Podington Bear "Messy Inkwell" by Blue Dot Sessions "Li Fonte" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lunette" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Gall" by Podington Bear "All the Colors in the World" by Podington Bear
We return to the stories of the Monkey King and pick up at the end of his long imprisonment under a mountain, for trying to overthrow everyone and everything. Meanwhile, a messenger from heaven is on the move, looking for a pilgrim to make a dangerous journey that will bring them into contact with demons, monsters, and companions to help him along the way...who might just be more dangerous than anything on the road. Show post: https://myths.links/193a Check out the Myths and Legends store at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsors: Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get twenty percent off your first purchase at http://bombas.com/legends Check out Magoosh at http://magoosh.com and use the promo code myths for a 20% off discount! -- Music: “Follow Me” by Keith Anthony Holden "In Epic" by Valentina Gribanova "Lonely Drive Home" by Lance Conrad "Left on my own" by Judson Lee "A Horrible Piano" by Bobby Cole "Cracked Nut Suite" by Podington Bear "Calisson" by Blue Dot Sessions
An off-the-wall story from the Grimm Brothers about a young man who knew no fear...and why that was a massive problem for him. The creature is a man who you don't want to high five. Mainly because he has eyeballs on his palms. Also mainly because he'll drink your bones with a straw. Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14487/192-grimm-brave-traveler/ -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: Check out the best in home security. Go to Simplisafe.com/legends for free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial! Squarespace: There's no place better to launch your passion project. Go to Squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. -- Music: "The Consulate" by Blue Dot Sessions “Scary Sounds” by Bobby Cole “Storm Passing” by Podington Bear "Relinquish" by Podington Bear "Demon Dollhouse" by Bruce Zimmerman "Nervous Whisp" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sorrento" by Podington Bear
In this episode from Norse legends, we'll see that the worst breakups involve Thor breaking up the couple with his hammer and we'll see that even though Odin can shapeshift, that doesn't mean he skips the conditioner. It's the Saga of King Gautrek, a story spanning generations of Viking warriors and their bizarre and dangerous interactions with the gods, giants, elves, and everything in between (but mostly just those three). The creature this week likes to drill holes in your boat with its nose. Hope you don't mind awkward tickle sessions... -- Sponsors: Check out Best Fiends on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Planning to take the G-R-E, G-MAT, L-SAT or M-CAT? Magoosh has got you. Check out their awesome test prep at http://magoosh.com and use the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Illa Villardo" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lens Flare" by Podington Bear "Paper Boat" by Podington Bear "Solemn Oath" by Podington Bear "Minor Islands" by Podington Bear "Flor Vjell" by Blue Dot Sessions "Samara" by Podington Bear "Threshold" by Podington Bear -- A darkly funny take on the Ättestupa from the show "Norsemen" on Netflix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwD7f5ZWhAk
In one story, a dragon is rampaging around the countryside unless he gets his favorite meal: teenage girls. In the other, a young woman trapped in an impossible situation meets a new friend who might just be able to save her: a parrot with a secret. Two stories with two very different heroines who share one defining characteristic: their unbreakable will to survive. On the creature of the week, when it comes to making a deal with the devil, you could choose infinite wealth, power, or epic guitar skills...or you could do what the strix did and become a stinky owl monster. Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14475/190-chinese-folklore-fierce/ -- Sponsors: Get what U.S. News and World Report named "best overall home security of 2020" with free shipping and 60-day risk-free trial by going to http://simplisafe.com/legends Planning to take the G-R-E, G-MAT, L-SAT or M-CAT? Magoosh has got you. Check out their awesome test prep at http://magoosh.com/myths and use the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Where it all happened" by Blue Dot Sessions "Dark Skies Above" by Bobby Cole "Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions "Betty Dear" by Blue Dot Sessions "Topslides" by Blue Dot Sessions "Low Slopes" by Blue Dot Sessions "Really Scary Piano Music" by Bobby Cole "Artic Draba" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sincerely Yours" by Podington Bear -- Links: A discussion of gender and Confucianism as it relates to the first story today: https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/corrections/li-chis-historiography-totally-wack
In the third and final part of our series on the Nibelungenlied, the hero of the story, Siegfried, is dead and his wife, the princess, has a score to settle. The creature this week is the strong toad, a super cool toad who can read your mind, but he's so nice and definitely not making me write this right now. -- Sponsors: Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. The Sandman! Check out the new Audible Original at http://audible.com/thesandman -- Music: "Prayer" by Enzo Orefice "Plasticity" by Blue Dot Sessions "Clockwork by Michele Nobler" "Kreis" by Luis Berra "Chain link" by Blue Dot Sessions "A Florentine Story" by Michele Nobler "Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions
We pick up right where we left off last week: Gunther has tricked his way into marrying Brunhild, and Brunhild decided to give him a minor test of strength on their wedding night. He failed, and ended up naked and hog-tied, yelling out for help while dangling upside down from the rafters. The creature is the Tsurube-otoshi (釣瓶落とし), from Japan, who will go head-to-head with you in the forest. Because its a giant head. -- Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14462/189b-nibelungenlied-heinous/ -- Head to http://squarespace.com/myths and use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out Best Fiends on the Apple App Store or Google Play! -- "Two boys and a girl" by Podington Bear "Places" by Michael Vignola "Shapeshifters" by Podington Bear "Sad Goodbyes" by Mark Kueffner "Dark Time Ticking" by Robert Valenti “We are Nowhere” by Sander Kalmeijer "Sad Hymn" by Ceiri Torjussen
The story starts out with one prince slaying a dragon and getting rich. It starts there. The wild ride of the Nibelungenlied has echoes of one of our most beloved stories, the Saga of the Volsungs, with it's over-the-top characters, the ridiculous situations, the betrayals, and, yes, dragon fights. The creature is a dragon cat with poison breath. -- Sponsors: Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and 60-day money-back guarantee on a fantastic home security system. Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Order of Entrance" by Blue Dot Sessions "Palladian" by Blue Dot Sessions "Highway 430" by Blue Dot Sessions "Ranch Hand" by Blue Dot Sessions "Elegant Weasel" by Blue Dot Sessions "Searching for Hope" by Neil Cross "In the Box" by Blue Dot Sessions -- God of War: The podcast: On the site (go down to "The Lost Pages"): https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/god-of-war-ps4/ Youtube link The Stollenwurm: https://godofwar.fandom.com/wiki/Tatzelwurm
Two stories from the bawdy, funny, and oftentimes deeply unsettling 17th century fairytale author Giambattista Basile, both of which have to do with pets. The first pet is a rooster, whose owner just can't bring himself to kill it. No judgement there. The second pet is a flea...the size of a lamb. The creature this week is a cat that's either evil and smells like a skunk dog, a hero who defeated a demon, or a hunter who needs a toothbrush. -- Sponsors: Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out our Squarespace site at https://www.fictional.fm Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Cake" by Podington Bear "Quatrefoil" by Podington Bear "Scaffoldings" by Podington Bear "Leafeaters" by Podington Bear "Go to Sleep" by Podington Bear "Lerennis" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sunbeam" by Blue Dot Sessions
Agamemnon is coming home from the Trojan War. He has no idea what's waiting for him. There are over fifty bonus episodes on the Myths and Legends bonus feed! Check out that and weekly ad-free shows at https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Check out the store at https://shop.bardic.fm Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mythsandlegends Find the episode post and the disclaimer at https://www.mythpodcast.com/14441/187-greek-myths-the-end-to-all-our-pain/ -- Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and 60-day money-back guarantee on a fantastic home security system. Your mental health matters. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp at http://betterhelp.com/legends -- Music: "Deadly recitation" by blue dot sessions "Leadin" by Blue Dot Sessions "Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions "The PI Sleeps" by Blue Dot Sessions "Glimpse into a Dark Mind" by Lance Conrad
A story from the Grimm brothers about three down-on-their-luck soldiers who get everything they could ever dream of and then do their absolutely best to lose it. The extended creature of the week is a fearsome critter from Colorado - a land whale called the Slide Rock Bolter who exclusively eats tourists who care about the environment. The Myths and Legends store is up! Check it out at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store Get access to over 50 member episodes and weekly ad-free shows: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership -- Sponsors: Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Little Door" by Podington Bear "Broken Branch" by Podington Bear "B7 Bomber" by Podington Bear "Blur and Coalesce" by Podington Bear "Moonglow" by Podington Bear
The story of Eglė the Queen of Serpents, from Lithuanian folklore, about a young woman who is faced with an impossible choice: witness the destruction of her family...or marry a snake. The creature is an wet, inebriated chicken named skrat who will either make you rich or burn down your house or both of those things. -- The Myths and Legends membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Merch: https://shop.bardic.fm -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: I don't think you can beat Simplisafe. We've been happy customers for years. See what I mean with free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee at http://simplisafe.com/legends Bombas! The most comfortable socks in the history of feet are even more awesome because when you buy a pair, you give a pair, and by going to http://bombas.com/legends, you can get 20% off your first purchase. -- Music: "Delamine" by Blue Dot Sessions "Tiny Bottles" by Blue Dot Sessions "Donnalee" by Blue Dot Sessions "At our Best Alone" by Blue Dot Sessions "Basketliner" by Blue Dot Sessions
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Comments (411)

Matthew Haller

oh my god... i couldn't make it 10 minutes before i turned it off

Oct 2nd
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matt pease

your little Zelda reference made me happy.

Sep 23rd
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Ellie Armstrong

I LOVE this podcast! As a huge history nerd, I love being able to turn on an episode before bed or during a lunch break and get my daily dose of myths!

Sep 21st
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Matthew Haller

do yourself a favor and skip through the first ten minutes. Rip is lazy... that's all you need to know

Sep 10th
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Matthew Haller

this was a good one, which is hard to come by recently with this podcast. no forced humor but simple, good writing and storytelling

Sep 10th
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Pasquale

This would be one of the best podcast around if the guy would shut up about moral standards and his sjw believes. No doubt about that. Why does he feel the urge to constantly compare ancient values to our modern ones. Comparing thousands of years old moral standards to modern values is borderline retarded.

Sep 9th
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Anastasia Korshunkova

As I'm nit a native speaker, I really miss the text. It would be nice to follow the speech. The podcast is truly great, thank you!!!

Sep 4th
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slygirlswagg -

I tried... i love this show too...but I can't do "you killed my husband and I'm gonna act like you are him instead of telling people and getting you arrested oh and I'm gonna get rid of my baby too" nope....next episode please

Aug 22nd
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Brian Sims

An-chee-sus, like a cheesy Jesus, I'm dying😆! Long time fan of the show, and this is Jason's best mispronunciation yet...

Aug 10th
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oops i stole your nose

This is such a good podcast. I am such a huge fan! I listen to you every night!!!! Great for fable lovers!

Aug 8th
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Abhishek Srivastava

what an excellent series!

Aug 3rd
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Mimi

The background music,the one that plays very low, sounds like a mosquito approaching! Very annoying and life-like!

Aug 1st
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Laura Killip

I was thinking about how Captain America is also a Rip Van Winkle story!

Jul 27th
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Mimi

Wow horrible at all aspects. But love your channel and your voice. I wish the volume of the songs was lower so that I wouldn’t wake up when using these as night night stories! I mean I’m 30 but that’s just a number!

Jul 17th
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Yan Kncook

the second story is just really sad...

Jul 4th
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Chandra Anderson

I really enjoy this podcast. I even enjoy replaying old episodes. There are alot of podcasts that cover this type of material, but the subject matter, narration and length of episode, among other things, make "Myths and Legends" one of my favorites.

Jun 27th
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Biljana

LOVE this podcast! My favorite thing to listen, especially during this time of quarantine, keeps my mind off of all the bad things going on in the world. Thank you guys for this gem of a podcast!

Jun 17th
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Sophie Cheng

Welp I can’t say anything wrong about this podcast

Jun 7th
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Mimi

Omg what made you pick that awful song? Oh my ears..

Jun 6th
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Michael Lott

I dont usually comment but I wanted to say a few words. I've listened to every episode and even listened to a few twice. this show has helped me thru some of the toughest, most labor intensive days. I have been so greatful to have such well written, fun and beautifully read stories to help pass the time and occupy my mind as I work thru the daily grind. Thank you Jason and Carissa for creating an amazing pod cast.

Jun 6th
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