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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.

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.

Location:

NY

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@mythpodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

188-The Flea: Forever Home

6/30/2020
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...

Duration:00:43:17

187-Greek Myths: The End to All Our Pain

6/24/2020
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...

Duration:00:39:21

186-Grimm: Don't Be Weird

6/16/2020
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:...

Duration:00:38:24

185-Queen of Serpents: With This Hiss I Thee Wed

6/9/2020
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....

Duration:00:38:11

184-Robin Hood: Check, Please!

6/2/2020
We return to the Robin Hood stories with a (mostly) standalone episode. Robin Hood and his merry men are throwing a dinner party! With food and wine! And robbery! The creature is a shirtless Jaguar man who can end the world anytime he feels like. -- The Myths and Legends store now accepts cryptocurrency! Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/product/membership Merch: https://shop.bardic.fm -- Sponsors: BetterHelp: Go to http://www.betterhelp.com/legends to get 10% off your first...

Duration:00:34:30

183-Indian folklore: Revenant

5/26/2020
The story of an ancient Indian king who goes on a fetch quest through an evil-looking cemetery and listens to the worst podcasts of all time...hosted by a ghoul he has slung over his shoulder, and if he doesn't pay attention, he could die. The creature is a crow-grasshopper who will make you vomit (if it doesn't kill you with its flatulence) Fictional: https://www.fictional.fm/subscribe -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: Stay safe and go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and...

Duration:00:36:23

182-Slavic folklore: The Brave Companions

5/20/2020
Join Bulat the Brave Companion and Ivan Tsarevich (no, not that one) as they get a magical new horse, escape magical prison, and get in some magical fights. The creature is the shōkera, the slimy guy looking in your window right now. The Bardic shop: https://shop.bardic.fm Subscribe to Fictional: https://www.fictional.fm/subscribe -- 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...

Duration:00:38:14

181B-Mabinogion: With Friends Like These

5/13/2020
Branch two of the Mabinogion has the kings of Great Britain and Ireland (Bran and Matholwch, respectively) just wanting to bro out, but their nobles and family members will do anything to keep that from happening. Also, why is there never a sundae bar in the wine cellar? Episode post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14215/181b-mabinogion-with-friends-like-these/ Store: https://shop.bardic.fm -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: Stay safe and go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping...

Duration:00:39:04

181A-Welsh Legends: Otherworld

5/6/2020
King Pwyell just wants to go hunting in the dark forest alone. What's the worst that can happen? Huh? Forced to live for a year away from his people at the demand of an otherworldly king? Yeah, ok, that's kind of bad. It's the first branch of the Mabinogion, the original source for a few of the stories we've told on this podcast, like the very first story from this podcast, that of Yvain and the lady of the fountain. We're finally diving into this amazing work of Welsh folklore and over the...

Duration:00:42:41

180-Azorean Folklore: Power

4/28/2020
The story from Azorean folklore about a sorcerer who turned his life around. He became a priest, helped his people flee, and then faced a choice when his old life came hunting for him. The creature is a dirty dish towel named the Shirouneri. Like most towels it's actively trying to show you just how much it hates you. Show post (and disclaimer): https://www.mythpodcast.com/14203/180-azorean-folklore-power/ -- Fictional! Apple Podcasts: http://apple.fictional.fm/ Stitcher:...

Duration:00:39:36

179-Slavic legends: Grateful Dead

4/21/2020
A classic quest from Slavic legend with princesses, dragons, wizards, dragons fighting wizards, and princesses fighting wizards fighting dragons. The creature is Shamir, the little craftsman who is up for employee of the millennium. -- Post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14197/179-slavic-legends-grateful-dead/ Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsor: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends....

Duration:00:36:05

178-Tanuki: Changes

4/14/2020
An episode about the Tanuki, the notorious raccoon-dog trickster from Japan with giant...well...you'll see. The creature is the Tote Road Shagamaw, and a ManBearMoose who is really good at headstands. Like, it can walk a quarter mile doing a headstand. Show post, with all those pictures (and the disclaimer): https://www.mythpodcast.com/14180/178-tanuki-changes/ -- Sponsors! Simplisafe: Stay safe and go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and a 60-day money-back...

Duration:00:46:26

177D-Trojan War: Horsin' Around

4/7/2020
The Greeks finally find a way into Troy and while, yes, it's exactly the way you think they get in, there are so many ridiculous side quests on the way, including a cameo from one of Greek myth's most famous hero. The creature is nice unicorn who will play music for you and definitely won't eat you the moment your guard is down. Want more? We did two member episodes with about four additional stories about the Trojan War. Check them out here:...

Duration:01:04:02

177C-Trojan War: When I am Gone

4/1/2020
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...

Duration:00:53:41

177B-Trojan War: Storm of Spears

3/24/2020
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...

Duration:00:48:54

177A-Trojan War: Rage

3/17/2020
“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...

Duration:00:51:38

176-The Emperor's New Clothes: Matchless

3/11/2020
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...

Duration:00:40:01

175-Thor: Surprises

3/4/2020
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:...

Duration:00:50:54

174-Medieval Knights: Take Your Time

2/26/2020
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...

Duration:00:37:22

173-Tunisian Folklore: Fortune

2/19/2020
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...

Duration:00:40:02