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This is a podcast where I tell the stories that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some are incredibly popular myths and legends you think you know, but with surprising origins. Some are stories you probably haven't heard, but really should. Over the course of the show, I'll tell the original stories behind the knights of King Arthur's court, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Ragnar Lodbrok, the bloody Viking legends that inspired The Lord of the Rings, Mulan, and so much more. These are stories of gods, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.

This is a podcast where I tell the stories that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some are incredibly popular myths and legends you think you know, but with surprising origins. Some are stories you probably haven't heard, but really should. Over the course of the show, I'll tell the original stories behind the knights of King Arthur's court, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Ragnar Lodbrok, the bloody Viking legends that inspired The Lord of the Rings, Mulan, and so much more. These are stories of gods, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.
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This is a podcast where I tell the stories that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some are incredibly popular myths and legends you think you know, but with surprising origins. Some are stories you probably haven't heard, but really should. Over the course of the show, I'll tell the original stories behind the knights of King Arthur's court, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Ragnar Lodbrok, the bloody Viking legends that inspired The Lord of the Rings, Mulan, and so much more. These are stories of gods, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.

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Episodes

112B-Pinocchio: Nosey

6/19/2018
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I wouldn't really call Pinocchio ill-fated. That implies that it's undeserved, and it's definitely not. The little guy lies like it's a second language. Regardless, a lot happens to our little buddy in this episode, starting with him coming back from the dead. The creature this week is the Hai Ho Shang, a vicious merman from Chinese mythology who absolutely has some opinions on your dancing. -- Music: "Slow Dial" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lakeside Path" by Blue Dot Sessions "Arbinac" by...

Duration:00:36:06

112A-Pinocchio: No Strings Attached

6/12/2018
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Prison. Assassins. Marionette dance parties. The original story of Pinocchio has it all. Of course, you know of Pinocchio and Geppetto, but did you know that Geppetto, in order to get the wood to make Pinocchio, had to chew on an old man's wig? Or that the original story had a shockingly brutal end, even for an 1800s children's tale? Check it out. This story is wild. The creature this time is a giant grasshopper who wants to have your kids over for dinner. And no, he's not being playfully...

Duration:00:43:00

111-Thumbelina: Sweet Summer Child

6/5/2018
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Thumbelina's life is already difficult. She lives in early modern Denmark and is no bigger than her mom's thumb. Oh, and also, everyone wants to marry her. And by everyone, I mean everyone. Frog moms want her to marry their sons and, somehow, the story gets stranger from there. In true Hans Christian Andersen fashion, this fairy tale for children about a girl being born from a flower and trying to find love contains kidnapping, death threats, crushing nihilism, and sleazy moles. Childhood...

Duration:00:38:53

110-Viking Myths: Alone

5/29/2018
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Odin. Jotunheim. Shin Tinder. We're (basically) back in Norse mythology with the legendary story of Hadingus, a Viking king that hates being king. We'll visit nearly half of the worlds in Norse mythology as we follow a spectacularly bad ancient Norse hero. The creature this time is a way to get superpowers...if you ever wanted to be a bitter, stinky, homicidal muppet. -- Sponsors: Say hello to the food wizards at Blue Apron, and say hello awesome recipes and fresh ingredients delivered...

Duration:00:44:08

109-Athens: Home

5/23/2018
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The city of Athens is one of the most famous of the ancient world and its royal family was plagued with, well, weirdness. Between the dragon kings and the bird people, you either had to be sure to trust no one, or to never go anywhere ever because the wind or even the dawn could be out to get you. The creature of the week is a fairy cow by the name of Fuwch Gyfeiliorn which I have the good sense to not even begin to attempt to say. -- Sponsor: Our sponsor this week is Squarespace....

Duration:00:54:18

108-Tom Thumb: Thumbs Up

5/15/2018
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Tom Thumb is the story of a guy named Tom...who is as big as his dad's thumb. A practical joke by a wizard, Tom went on to become Sir Thomas Thumb, the greatest knight in the realm, but not before becoming indigestion for a giant, a raven's canker sore, and exploring all the thrilling intricacies of a cow's digestive system. The creature this week is a fish that's more manly than I'll ever be. --- Sponsor: Amazon Music Unlimited: It has millions of songs and you can play it just by...

Duration:00:34:59

107B-Golem: To Dust You Shall Return

5/8/2018
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It's quiet. Too quiet. It has been years since the last blood libel and the Jewish community in Prague is starting to relax. Then, the Maharal receives a sign from God a few days before Passover, letting him know that the danger is far from over. On the creature of the week, if you can't take the heat, get out of the desert. Or stay in the desert and be like the Funeral Mountain Terrashot. Sponsors: Audible! Check out http://www.audible.com/myths (or text MYTHS to 500-500) to start a...

Duration:00:35:06

107A-Golem: Guardian

5/1/2018
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In 16th century Prague, a people are under attack. Accused of an unspeakable crime they didn't commit, they have no recourse: even the rulers of the city have turned against them. They can't find justice, so they have to make justice - a silent guardian to watch over their community, one to keep the wolves at bay. But is he too late to help guard the innocents against the sinister machinations of one man? --- Sponsors: Make a fantastic website with Squarespace. Turn that dream into a...

Duration:00:35:40

106C-African Legends: Who Tells Your Story

4/25/2018
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The king returns to his homeland after nearly a decade of exile. An evil sorcerer king is at the apex of his power. Owls deliver insults and dating is difficult no matter who you are. The epic story of Sundiata, the first emperor of Mali, concludes. The creature of the week is the grey man of Ben MacDhui, a...grey man. Who lives on the mountain of Ben MacDhui. And also he's naked because why not? --- Sponsors: Check out Blue Apron. Pre-portioned ingredients with...

Duration:00:34:10

106B-African Legends: Bad Move

4/17/2018
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The Webbys! You have until 11:59pm PST on 4/19 to vote, so if you haven't voted, please go to http://vote.mythpodcast.com and vote for Myths and Legends. Thank you so much. --- A new shadow rises to the north of Mali and an evil sorcerer king (and connoisseur of severed heads) will rise, but not before Djata, Sogolon, and others are forced into exile by the ruthless queen mother. It's part 2 of the story of Sundiata: an epic of old Mali. The creature this week is a good-guy African...

Duration:00:34:20

106A-African Legends: Long Live the King

4/10/2018
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The epic of Sundiata, the founder of the Mali empire, has everything - magical old women, evil magician kings, nice magician kings, and helpful buffaloes. The first part is like Mean Girls...if Mean Girls was set in 12th century Africa. But really, it's a fantastic tale of love, loss, and perseverence and I hope you like it. The creature today has a surprise for you! It's her mule legs! Also she's going to eat you! !---! We were nominated for a Webby and we need your vote! If you...

Duration:00:36:33

105B-Reynard: Ferocious Mr. Fox

4/3/2018
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!*!*! We've been nominated for a Webby! If you get a chance, it would be amazing if you'd vote for Myths and Legends: http://vote.mythpodcast.com Thanks! !*!*! Reynard, having received a pardon from the Lion who was a King, is up to his old tricks. Like, immediately. He bit the head off the rabbit that was accompanying him on a holy pilgrimmage before he even left the kingdom. Of course, the ground is shrinking beneath Reynard, and it won't be long before the fox who needs to deceive...

Duration:00:33:40

105A-Reynard: Fox on the Run

3/27/2018
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Despite cute talking animals, the world in the stories of Reynard the fox is a rough place. The fox might not be the biggest or toughest animal in the kingdom, but he is the smartest. Once he gets talking, run, because there's no way you're going to come out the other end in one piece. The creature this week is an angry muddy ghost dad. -- Sponsors: Amazon Music Unlimited: They have all the music you could ever want. You can try it out for free for 30 days at http://www.amazonmusic.com...

Duration:00:37:57

104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger

3/20/2018
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Horus's uncle Set murdered his father, and because his mother was shrewd, he gained the throne and the murderer was exiled to the South. There was just one problem: Set wasn't going to go quietly. He vowed on the day he left to kill Horus, feast on his flesh, and reclaim the throne for himself. The boy Pharoah, Horus, watched Set and his followers go, and knew he had to be ready. The war was coming. The creature this time is the vegetable man, and, no worries, he's not going to make you...

Duration:00:34:42

103-Middle Eastern Folklore: Shipshape

3/13/2018
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A story about a king and his garden...that somehow turns into a story with genies, witches, boats full of male models, guys getting boiled alive, angry kitties, and secret agent mice. It's the story of the bronze ring, as collected by Scottish writer Andrew Lang. The creature this time just wants to pop on by your hut for a beer and maybe turn you into an undying goblin. Because he likes you so much. --- Sponsors: Don't forget to watch Krypton March 21st at 10pm (9pm Central) on...

Duration:00:33:11

102-Charlemagne: Honor Among Thieves

3/6/2018
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Charlemagne is the Holy Roman Emperor, and as a Holy Roman Emperor in a legend, it's not surprising that he'd get a command directly from God. What is surprising, however, is that the command is less than holy. The angry, bitter bird people on the creature of the week will be the death of chairs as we know them. --- Sponsors: Spotify! Check us out on Spotify: http://spotify.mythpodcast.com Bombas! Go to http://www.bombas.com/legends to get 20% off your first purchase of the most...

Duration:00:31:59

101-Fairy Tales: Three Dog Night

2/27/2018
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What do you do if an obvious witch stops you on the road and asks a favor? Keep walking, right? Well, for the first time in possibly the entirety of this podcast, here's an example of someone speaking to an evil-looking witch in the dark forest and it actually working out. It's the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Tinderbox". Our second story is from Vietnam, and a poor family, a smart child, an evil moneylender, and a fly conspire to cause some legal difficulties. --- Bombas are...

Duration:00:33:15

100B-Knights of the Round Table: Family Reunion

2/20/2018
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Things get weird this week. The knights continue their quests through the Country of Strange Adventure, and the side-quests becomes the main quest as the knights get involved with: Also, were you wondering what happened to Arthur's incestuous offspring, Mordred? Neither was anyone else! But he's back just in time for something horrible to happen. The creature this time is the cuero, a nice looking blanket to keep sand off you on the beach and also maybe your skin as...

Duration:00:50:57

100A-Knights of the Round Table: Buddy System

2/13/2018
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Yvain and Gawain are just two best friends taking a fun trip together. Nevermind that they've been exiled from Camelot forever, making it a mandatory best friends vacation. It sparks the beginning of a yearlong quest filled with morbid church decorations, dragon diets consisting solely of puppies, and sad, creepy knights. Basically your standard Arthurian legend. The creature of the week is a fearsome critter who loves your scent...especially if that scent is rum... Sponsors: Hiring? Go...

Duration:00:32:45

99-William Tell: One Shot

2/6/2018
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The story of William Tell is so much more than an arrow and an apple. It's the story of a reluctant hero, a tyrannical ruler, and why you shouldn't let your prisoners drive the vehicle you're using to take them to prison. The creature this week is the cockatrice, and if you see a frog keeping eggs warm, that is just a completely normal and ok thing that won't end up destroying you and everyone you love. Sponsors: Casper is the most comfortable mattress I've ever used. I did the math -...

Duration:00:33:59