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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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English


Episodes

130B-Jungle Book: The Strength of the Pack

12/11/2018
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We catch up with Mowgli after he’s been tossed in a pit of cobras while his friends fight countless vicious monkeys outside. We’ll also see what Shere Khan has been up to for the past seven years…and what his plan is to finally get his claws into Mowgli. The creatures are sentient umbrellas, because who hasn’t looked at an umbrella and thought, “yeah, I’d like this to be a hairy man leg with a greasy tongue?” — Sponsors: Bombas. They are fantastic. Go to...

Duration:00:32:48

130A-Jungle Book: Welcome to the Jungle

12/4/2018
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A boy is lost. A tiger hunts. The wolf pack takes on a new cub. The story of the Jungle Book begins -- Sponsors: Audible! Audible is my favorite way to listen to audiobooks. Go to http://www.audible.com/myths or text MYTHS to 500-500 to start your free 30-day trial and get a free audiobook. Omaha Steaks are a great gift for anyone on your list. For a limited time, you can get 74% off the Omaha Steaks Family Gift Package. Go to http://omahasteaks.com and use the code LEGENDS in the search...

Duration:00:36:28

129B-Persian mythology: Champions

11/28/2018
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Rostam embarks on his quest to free his king, taken captive in the land of the demons, where he'll not only have to free his stupid, stupid ruler and end the war, but embark on seven labors which will include: letting his horse do a lot of the heavy lifting, a dragon fight, a new friend, and tossing a demon's head like a bride throws a bouquet. The creatures this week are the kakamora, from Polynesian mythology and, yes, from Moana. Unlike Moana, however, they are way less violent, way more...

Duration:00:38:30

129A-Persian Mythology: The Mammoth that Rides

11/20/2018
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The story of Rostam from the Shahnameh, an important book in Iranian Mythology. It starts out in a weird place, with a strange little Benjamin Button-type baby being raised by a mythological peacock dog, and only gets stranger, but it explores themes of loyalty, fealty, and power, even if a leader is not deserving. The creature this week is the Jackalope, from Wyoming, and you can only hunt them one day a year. Unfortunately, that day doesn't exist. -- Sponsors: Waiting to buy...

Duration:00:35:00

128-Irish folklore: Give Him the Finger

11/13/2018
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A fairy tale from Ireland with a genre savvy queen who has one request for her husband: don't let his surely evil next wife get anywhere near her three sons. Of course, things don't really go as planned. The creature this week is hook girl! Don't bug hook girl, or hook girl will bug you...and by "bug you" I mean "tear you to tiny pieces." -- Sponsors: Bombas. I'm wearing Bombas right now. They are fantastic. Go to http://www.bombas.com/legends (code LEGENDS) to try them out and get 20%...

Duration:00:41:31

127-Finnish Mythology: The Boy who Lived

11/6/2018
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A story from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, about revenge, letting go, and moving on. Also why you shouldn't mess with babies that can whisper threats at three months old and survive way more things than you could. -- Sponsors: Check out http://www.linkedin.com/myths for $50 off your first job posting. Post your job where millions of professionals go weekly. HOMECOMING! It's on Amazon Prime now. Check it out. Don't forget to catch season 2 of Lore on Amazon Prime on October...

Duration:00:40:41

126-Wendigo: Hunger

10/30/2018
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On our annual Halloween episode, it's stories of a monstrous creature who stalks the north woods...and how they might be sitting right next to you. The creature is a vampire that's super scary...only it can't actually walk...and moreso bounces everywhere...and hates messy rooms. -- Sponsors: I've been a fan of Simplisafe for as long as I've been a customer - over two years now. Check them out at http://www.simplisafe.com/legends Check out The Great Courses Plus! It's a great way to...

Duration:00:33:50

125-Norse Mythology: Bound

10/23/2018
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We're back in Norse Mythology. It's set before Ragnarok (obviously), and it's a story we never got to of Freyja, Odin, Loki, and four dwarves. Freyja makes a lot of new friends, and Loki gets completely out of control at a party and tells all the Aesir exactly what he thinks of them. The creature of the week is the invunche, a very sad, hairy, contorted baby. -- Sponsors: Empty Faces: an amazing new mystery box that you can solve. Check out http://emptyfaces.com/legends for 10% off your...

Duration:00:37:03

124-Greek Mythology: The Fall

10/16/2018
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Theseus has had a long and storied life, but now he faces his greatest challenge: after you've accomplished everything you set out to do and your name will live on for generations, what comes next? The creature is the, impundulu environmentally-conscience bird who only uses alternative fuels for its tiny plane. Unfortunately, the alternative fuel is human blood. --- Sponsors: Blue Apron! Go to http://www.blueapron.com/legends to check out this week’s menu and get your first 3 meals...

Duration:00:44:08

123-Dark Tower: Directions

10/9/2018
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A game turns dark as a child disappears. Her brothers must follow her into a land that's like a mirror image of our own to get her back from the king who lives in the dark tower. Oh and also Merlin is barely any help at all. The creature this time is the ilomba, from Zambia, and it's a terrible reason to collect your fingernail clippings. -- Sponsors: I've been a fan of Simplisafe for as long as I've been a customer - over two years now. Check them out at...

Duration:00:34:04

122-Indian Folklore: Let it Be

10/2/2018
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A king fighting against fate. A young man surviving the impossible. A hermit reading the future from his toilet. This week, it's the long road to becoming who you were always meant to be. -- Sponsor: LinkedIn: Go to http://linkedin.com/myths and get $50 off your first job post. -- Fictional Check out Fictional at http://apple.fictional.fm or by searching for "Fictional" wherever you get your podcasts. -- Music: "Raven" by Chad Crouch "CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie "We Always...

Duration:00:32:52

121-Grimm Brothers: King of the Mountain

9/25/2018
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A man loses everything except for his children and his field, but it's while he's in that field with his children that he receives a visit from a mythological creature...and makes a deal that will change all of their lives forever. The creature of the week is a mythpodcat! She just loves to dance! And set you on fire! -- Sponsors: Amazon Channels: Only pay for the channels you want with Prime Video Channels. Start your free trials of over a hundred channels by visiting...

Duration:00:37:29

120B-Holy Grail: Beyond the Sea

9/18/2018
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Seven people have been informed that they will be pivotal in the quest for the greatest holy object that has ever existed: the Holy Grail. First, they have to get it to England. That, of course, will involve angelic post-it notes, ships with ejector seats, attacking giants, and, the most unbelievable thing of all (to some of our characters): multi-colored wood. We'll see how the Grail comes to Britain and that the end of Joseph's quest is just the beginning. -- Sponsors: Check out The...

Duration:00:37:58

120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

9/11/2018
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The Holy Grail: The greatest legendary item of all time and the focal point of the Arthurian legends. This is its origin. Beginning as the humble cup of a crucified savior, the Grail will take on legendary status. We'll see how it moved from Jerusalem to a far-flung province on the edge of the world, and we'll meet the people tasked with protecting it, whose great, great, great, great grandchildren will become the heroes of the Arthurian legends. This is a Grail story unlike any you've...

Duration:00:35:09

119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening

9/4/2018
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It's the first written version of Sleeping Beauty, put down to paper in the 1600s by the Neapolitan writer Giambattista Basile. And it's horrifying. The creature is elephant rat. It's an elephant whose also a rat sometimes. No big deal. Now move along and let him murder in peace. -- Sponsor: Check out Sacred Lies, a new series on Facebook Watch: https://www.facebook.com/sacredliesshow/ -- Fictional on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.fictional.fm Fictional on Stitcher:...

Duration:00:33:38

118-Jewish Folklore: The Eyrie

8/28/2018
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The king is annoyed. All of these people want to make him work. It's just...not fair. Sure, they're starving and about to riot in the streets, but actually showing up to work is really going to cut into his sitting around time. Unfortunately, he might not have a choice. The people are getting angry, and that leads to a journey west, farther than anyone in his kingdom has ever gone, to unearth an ancient secret. -- Sponsor: Spotify is a really great app to find not only the best music, but...

Duration:00:34:52

117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?

8/21/2018
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This week, it's the fairy tale "Youth without Age and Life without Death", from Romania, a tale of love, loss, impossible quests, and acheiving your dreams. Also, why you shouldn't make idle promises to a kid that's just an hour old. It might end with them playing dominos with your horses and taking half of your kingdom's worth of gold. The creature this week is the hili, from Lesotho, Africa. If you've never seen Big Bird's toilet...well...that's because it's you. Sponsor: Check out...

Duration:00:38:36

116B-Mexican Legends: Outlaw Country

8/14/2018
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Joaquin is out of control. He is riding through town, doubling the rewards on his own wanted posters. He has cowed or killed anyone who has tried to stop him, and he thinks he is untouchable. He's not wrong, either. The only people who know his face are either very trusted or very dead. Still, the more he pushes, the more the state of California pushes back, until one man is finally commissioned with a bill from the California legislature to hunt him down for good. -- Sponsor: Spotify is...

Duration:00:36:08

116A-Mexican Legends: Alta California

8/7/2018
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It's 1850. The gold rush in the wild west, and Joaquin Murrieta seeks a better life in the US state of California, only recently taken from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. He tries to play by the rules and live by the laws, but everything keeps getting taken from him over and over again. Tired of living underfoot in a land that used to be his homeland, Joaquin decides to stand up and take his place as one of the legendary bandits of the old west. The creature this week is the headless...

Duration:00:43:34

115-Chinese Folklore: Another Brick in the Wall

7/31/2018
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The story of Meng Jiangnu and the Great Wall is one of the four great folktales of China. It's the story of love, tyranny, and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost. If you like your evil creatures without any way to defeat them whatsoever, then this week's creature might be for you. -- Sponsors: Check out Handy. Everyone loves a clean house. Now it's not only super easy, but affordable too. Check out http://www.handy.com/legends and use code LEGENDS during checkout to get...

Duration:00:44:19