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Myths and Legends

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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

80A-Medusa: Golden Child

8/16/2017
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Hey! Have you subscribed to Fictional? Go subscribe to Fictional! You'll love it, and it will be an amazingly huge help to us. Thank you!! You can find it at: http://apple.fictional.fm for Apple Podcasts http://google.fictional.fm for Google Play http://stitcher.fictional.fm for Stitcher --- Medusa is probably the most misunderstood villain in all of Greco-Roman Mythology, famous only for being a monster...and the hero's quest to kill her. We'll learn all about her background and...

Duration: 00:34:33


79-Odin: The War to Begin all Wars

8/9/2017
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We're back in the cold, unforgiving north, at the very beginning of Odin's reign. We'll see him meet a new friend while being completely unsuspicious in giant land, a threat come from another world to try to topple the Aesir, and the lengths Odin will go to in order to gain power, acquire knowledge, and thwart his coming doom. The creature this week is an antlion. When a mommy ant and a daddy lion love each other very much, they think of ways to express their love and, well, you'll...

Duration: 00:39:52


78-Egyptian Mythology: The Master Namer

8/2/2017
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Starting at the beginning of the universe and going to the beginning of the epic and mildly disturbing battles between Set and his nephew Horus, Egyptian mythology is epic, funny, interesting, and bizarre. It's taken way too long to get into this mythology, and I'm excited to dive in. The creature has no problem diving in...to your mouth. As a newt. Things really only go downhill from there. Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends (code LEGENDS) to get your first three meals free from...

Duration: 00:34:19


77-Romanian Folklore: Mrs. Piggy

7/26/2017
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The story of a dark (well, dark-ish. Actually, kind of not even that. You'll see.) prophecy, a kingdom overrun by monsters (again, kind of), and one woman's globe spanning quest to do what's right (that's pretty much correct). Also, pig plague parties are only fun if you're a talking swine with a moderately sinister agenda. The creature this time is the Alkutane, from the folklore of the Pacific Northwest, in the US. These creatures will leave fun little baubles by your ear. Oops. My bad,...

Duration: 00:37:14


76-Greek Myths: Lioness

7/19/2017
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The story of Atalanta is one of the woman who just couldn't be stopped...and of a world that had a big, big problem with that. Giant monster fights, meddling gods, and well-known heroes make an appearance in the story of a heroine who just can't be kept down. The creature this week is Al, from North Africa, and he's a great reason to not run with scissors. Sponsors: Check out "By the Same Relentless Enemy" by Keith Goad, a supernatural thriller. You can find it at http://a.co/1bIj9bE on...

Duration: 00:40:19


75-Pecos Bill: Rider on the Storm

7/12/2017
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The story of Pecos Bill is that of a true American Hero...who spends half the story naked and who legitimately thinks he is actually a coyote. But don't tell him that. He's cool and won't hurt you, but you'll get into a long discussion and won't actually convince him or his horse (named Pegasus/Widowmaker/Jeremy) that he's actually a human being. Also, while we're at it, he can lasso water and air because I guess when you ask the audience to suspend disbelief, you go for broke. The...

Duration: 00:34:31


74-Japanese Folklore: Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

7/5/2017
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The story of Sentaro the millionaire* is about a man with a dream. Well, not really a dream, but a deep, abiding fear of death. Soon, he becomes so obsessed with avoiding the inevitable that it leads him on a journey across Japan and later the world to find a way to avoid that which will come to us all. The creatures this time are from the US and one will "please and excite" you in the forest...then lure you back to its place where it will turn you into an electric eel burrito. *Sentaro...

Duration: 00:29:52


73-Japanese Folklore: I will find you

6/28/2017
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A young woman's father is taken, and she decided to go to the edges of the known world to get him back, to a faraway island harboring a dark and terrible secret. The creature this week is skunk ape! He's 0% skunk, 0% ape, and 100% into stealing your produce. Sponsors: Carvana: now you can buy a car online and either have it delivered to you (yes) or go pick it up from a car vending machine (an even bigger yes). Check out http://www.carvana.com/legends (code LEGENDS) for more...

Duration: 00:43:40


72-Kelpie: Party Horse

6/21/2017
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A sea horse (but not that type of sea horse) that haunts the coasts of Scotland, the kelpie is a legendary cryptid that represents the dangerous unknown of the water...as well as new guys stopping by your village for the sole purpose of picking up women. The creature this time is the Shojo, a Japanese yokai, who is living its best life: by lounging on the beach drinking and pulling off daring heists. ************ That incredibly readable book on Celtic myths and legends:...

Duration: 00:39:53


71C-Sinbad: There and Back and There and Back Again

6/14/2017
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If you've ever wondered about giving that strange old man a piggy-back ride in the woods, the philosophical nuances of way too much grave robbing, or how many people are necessary to take down a four-story-tall baby bird, well, then this is the episode for you. Sinbad finishes up his epic tale of epicness and we see what led to him falling back on his plan "B" of living a life of leisure on his near-infinite wealth. The creature this time is the reason you should take a giant bat with you...

Duration: 00:45:33


71B-Sinbad: Snake Eyes

6/7/2017
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Whether it's deadly literary references, sticky cows, or extremely inappropriate eulogies, the stories of Sinbad have it all...as long as by "it all" you're looking for a story of how a rich (and, let's face it, not-so-smart) guy for whom everything pretty much always works out. It's like Mr. Magoo without the nearsightedness and with much, much more impalement and cannibalism. The creature the creature this week is a great excuse to keep your house well-stocked with red peppers and pet...

Duration: 00:38:08


71A-Sinbad the Sailor: Venture

5/31/2017
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Sinbad (no, not that Sinbad) is probably the 3rd most famous story from a collection titled "One Thousand and One Nights". It's a story of loss, hardship, and redemption...and then partying so hard that you forget all that loss, hardship, and redemption and need to do it all over again. Six more times. On the plus side, it's not just about an out-of-touch rich guy being out-of-touch and rich, but being so while experiencing some pretty weird stuff. The creature this time is an awkwardly...

Duration: 00:34:59


70-Ugly Duckling: Fowl Play

5/24/2017
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It seems like with a lot of fairy tales someone looked at the original, thought that there was absolutely no way they could tell that to a child, and re-wrote it to get rid of the shocking violence and general terribleness of every creature ever. "The Ugly Duckling" by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is no exception. It's shockingly violent and sad at times, but underneath its brutality and ridiculousness is a profound theme that still resonates today. Also birds are jerks. The...

Duration: 00:33:45


69-Midas: You Got the Touch

5/17/2017
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Don't, under any circumstances, trust the Midas touch. The king of unforced errors, Midas is a well-known figure in mythology mainly because of horrible decision making and lack of foresight. They say any publicity is good publicity, and I hope that is the case for Midas, who took a bad choice and used it to propel himself to everlasting notoriety. Mouse bears. The creatures this week are mouse bears. They have the ferocity of bears and the ability to sneak into your cupboards like mice....

Duration: 00:37:32


68B-Morgan le Fay: Her Majesty

5/10/2017
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Wrapping up this two-part series on Morgan le Fay, we'll see her devious schemes within schemes come to fruition with one aim in mind: killing King Arthur and seizing the throne for herself. The creature this week is fish man, from Spain. He's kind of like a superhero if all superheroes did was lay around and drink wine at their parents' house. ---------- Sponsors: Hey, so Mother's Day is this weekend. As in three days from today. Still looking for something? You can show your mom...

Duration: 00:45:21


68A-Morgan Le Fay: Get Thee to a Nunnery

5/3/2017
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Sorceress. Confidant. Traitor. Sister. All of those words describe Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's half-sister. She is by far the most complex character I've come across in the Arthurian legends, but she's constantly portrayed in the medieval and early modern texts as a one-note traitorous baddy who is evil because she's an evil sorceress and evil sorceresses are evil. If you're familiar with the legends, you're going to see a Morgan you've never seen before. If you're not, get ready to meet...

Duration: 00:34:11


67B-Gawain and the Green Knight: Head On

4/26/2017
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I wanted to name this episode "it's not easy being green," but it really is. The Green Knight had his head chopped off last episode...but still carried it out of the most uncomfortable Christmas dinner ever. Really, it's not easy being Gawain, who has to go present his neck in payment. Except it really is easy being Gawain. Most of this episode will consist of him sleeping until noon in a fancy castle. But he still has that date with destiny on New Year's Day...and by "destiny" I mean a...

Duration: 00:39:49


67A-Gawain: To the Dogs

4/19/2017
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You probably had to read the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in high school. I know I did, and it's a great story. There are beheadings, green guys, confusing interactions with ladies. It might be one of the most violent non-Die Hard Christmas stories. Anyway, everyone knows that. You probably don't know the story I'll tell today. It's of how Gawain grew into the paragon of virtue he's known as in the legends. It involves, of course, dog parties, inept knights, and the most...

Duration: 00:44:25


66-Paul Bunyan: Truth in Advertising

4/12/2017
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You know how to make your stories completely resistant to any ridicule from a future podcaster? Make them as ridiculous as possible. The stories of Paul Bunyan arose from the camps of lumberjacks in the US in the 1880s, but he spread to be a nationwide symbol of American strength and a pioneer spirit. Except that a lot of what we know about Paul Bunyan might actually not be folklore, but stories made up to sell stuff. Also, if someone tells you to put something up your nose that feels like...

Duration: 00:33:49


65-Oedipus: Motherboy

4/5/2017
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The story of Oedipus is fun until it isn't. I've met people with varying degrees of familiarity with the story. Some are familiar only with the central premise of the story, while others' knowledge only extends to a certain disgusting little complex popularized by a similarly-disgusting Viennese psychologist. Regardless, the story of Oedipus is a fascinating commentary on fate, our willing blindness to uncomfortable truths, and why you should, under no circumstances, talk to prophets....

Duration: 00:43:34

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