Two stories of just terrible, terrible fathers from Greek mythology. The first is really only in the story for a few minutes, but helps to bring about two giants that could end his reign. The second is one who admits his mistake and takes pity on the boy before trying to do right by him. And it ends much, much worse than if he had done nothing at all.
The creature this time is an elephant unicorn who has one weird trick to make you feel strong. Hydras hate him.
"Aim is True"
"Hammer and Damper"
The land of giants. Jotunheim. The realm of the monstrous "other" from Norse myth. Thorstein grew up being told it was only a legend, and he probably thought as much...until he walked into it.
This is the epic saga of Thorstein Mansion-Might, a legendary Viking who is bigger than doors.
The creature this time is Dr. Big Bird. He's a big bird who is an ancient world doctor. That sounds impressive until you think that probably anyone alive today is qualified to be an ancient world doctor.
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"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie
"Cases to Rest" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Aim is True" by Podington Bear
"Boardwalk" by Podington Bear
"Chrysalis" by Podington Bear
"Degradation" by Podington Bear
"March" by Podington Bear
"Miss You" by Podington Bear
"Rubber Robot" by Podington Bear
"Tarnish" by Podington Bear
"These Times" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Well Water" by Blue Dot Sessions
Maui. Trickster. Demigod. Sometimes-fish.
Abandoned at birth but in the possession of great power, the story of Maui is the story of an underdog that came to help the human race in immeasurable ways: giving them fire, pulling up islands, making the day longer, killing monsters to give coconuts, and convincing the sun to give us some more time in the day...by beating him mercilessly with a fishhook.
The creature is a square hedgehog. It's yellow, and makes a terrible pet, because not only does it like to get your horses sick, but it's not remotely housebroken and enjoys urinating basically everywhere.
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"So it Goes"
"Spring Comes Early"
"Surface Tension 1"
all by Podington Bear
The Day of the Wolf. The Doom of the Gods. The end of all things. It has many names, but one word encapsulates it all: Ragnarok. It's what Odin has been dreading and fighting. It's what Loki has been planning. It's the dark end of days where the worlds will drop into eternal night, giants will battle gods, and all will burn.
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Werewolves are people that turn into wolves. Or they don't. Maybe they just wear a fancy wolf belt. Or maybe part of a wolf skin. Or maybe they just like to think they're a wolf. Or maybe they're just people that like killing. Werewolf stories are simple ones, but there's no simple answer as to why this thing happens. And it did. A lot. All throughout history there are stories of Werewolves, stretching back as far as Ancient Greece. As it turns out, humans being monstrous is as old as humanity itself.
The creature this time is the reason why you'll want to avoid the river if you see a ghostly woman crying out for her children. But if you're not already doing that, a podcast description won't save you.
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Clever Hans is clever. He knows the best way to store needles and knives and how to carry a goat in your pockets on long walks through the country. He's even getting married to Gretel, and we'll see how taking advice on wooing your fiancee from your mom can end up in way too much mutilation.
The second story is also about Hans! A different one. It's about cat chefs and following voices down into the dark places under the earth.
The creature is why you'll want to pack a lunch and brush up on some cicada-speak (protip: it's just buzzing) the next time you plan on stealing from the guardians of the forest.
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The conclusion to the dwarf with the long beard, a story about a dwarf. And a long beard. And entering the ear canals of magic horses for fun and profit. We'll see the epic struggle between brothers come to an end, as well as a powerful argument in favor of facial hair.
The creature this time is big, warm cat named Big Ears! He has Big Ears! And an army of demonic cats to do his will!
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LORE. Lore is going to be a TV series. Really soon. In fact, it comes out THIS FRIDAY! If you love scary stories from folklore well, watch this show. Here is the trailer. Watch it now. Do it.
Link to the Lore trailer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/12873/85b-slavic-folklore-hold-on-to-your-hat/
"Remember Trees" by Chris Zabriskie
"I Should have been more human" by Chris Zabriskie
"Shake It" by Jahzzar
"Denouement" by Kai Engel
"Warbled Reflection" by Podington Bear
"Den" by Podington Bear
"The Telling" by Blue Dot Sessions
"White Limit" by Blue Dot Sessions
Today's story comes from Slavic folklore and it was so much fun. It's surprisingly complex and full of magic, love, and a sleazy little kidnapper who just can't catch a break.
Did you know cotton balls were vegetarian friendly snacks? I mean, they're also living things, but they are primarily plants. They taste like old fish and/or honey, but they are low cholesterol so, you know, there's that.
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"Vanagon" by Podington Bear
"Qi" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Waypoint 7" by Blue Dot Sessions
"We Drive Three Days" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere
"The Secret to Growing Up" by Lee Rosevere
Threes are everywhere in folklore, and today we look at stories where they feature the most prominently: The three bears, the three little pigs, and Cinderella. The tales told and adapted for children children, the three pigs and Cinderella, are extremely bloody and unforgiving, while the one that was originally for adults - the three bears - is about three very chill best bear friends enjoying a fun afternoon before dealing with a deeply psychologically troubled intruder.
The creature this time adds to our list of mythpodcats...and it's further proof that, given half a chance at victory, your cat wouldn't hesitate to kill you.
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"Associations" by Podington Bear
"Don't Go" by Podington Bear
"In My Head" by Podington Bear
"Rope Swing" by Podington Bear
"As I was Saying" by Lee Rosevere
"More on That Later" by Lee Rosevere
"Alphabet Soup" by Podington Bear
"Relinquish" by Podington Bear
The "Tale of Tales" is a very famous, moderately deranged collection of folklore from 16th century Italy. It's by the author Giambattista Basile, a storyteller who traveled the Mediterranean region collecting stories. The collection known as "Tale of Tales" follows a similar framing narrative to "1001 Nights", with the storyteller telling the king stories in a very loosely-connected fashion.
I'm not even going to say the titles for today's stories, but they are two of the most famous in the collection and wildly unpredictable. They're gross, violent, weird, and interesting - so, basically like everyday life.
The creature is a man...who is a bat. But he's not Batman, because Batman can't handle this little guy's intensity.
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"Sad Marimba Planet" by Lee Rosevere
"Are we Loose Yet?" by Blue Dot Sessions
"August (Summer Nights)" by Kai Engel
"November Mist" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Shiny" by Podington Bear
"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic
"Swapping Tubes" by Blue Dot Sessions
"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Petaluma" by Blue Dot Sessions
We have to go deeper.
Well, for Scheherazade to survive, she always has to have another level of story to go to - she always has to have another layer of protection, to keep the king interested or her story might end with the rising of the sun.
Luckily the king is very easy to impress because these stories are bananas.
The creature is a funny little guy who just wants to wash his beans in piece. Or eat you. Depending on how playful he's feeling.
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"Myrian" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Pieces" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Slimm" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Sage the Hunter" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Venndet" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Fits" by Podington Bear
"Glitter" by Podington Bear
"Samara" by Podington Bear
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The collection known as "Arabian Nights" actually has an overarching story. And it is...interesting. Full of djinn, demons, kings, and slaves, it's an incredibly interesting way to set up one of the best known collections of folklore. The framing narrative (a way to set up a story-within-a-story) is actually much more interesting than many of the stories it sets up, with betrayal, trickery, and probably the most sex and violence we've encountered so far on this podcast.
The creature this time is a wise old owl...who doesn't have a problem bringing it in the fight against demons trying to steal your fingernail clippings.
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"Changing Reality" by Kai Engel
"Modum" by Kai Engel
"All the Colors in the world" by Podington Bear
"Don't Go" by Podington Bear
"Everybody" by Podington Bear
"Falling Falling" by Podington Bear
"Turning to You" by Blue Dot Sessions
"When in the West" by Blue Dot Sessions
An episode with a story from Scandinavia about trolls. Not the internet kind. No, these are the less annoying ones that will murder you in the forest.
Two creatures this week! And they are dogs! And Myths and Legends will ruin dogs for you, too!
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Wrapping up the story of Perseus, we'll see that fated confrontation with the eternally cosmetologically-challenged monster, Medusa, as well as fall in love. Turns out it's really easy to meet people when they are imprisoned beneath you. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The creature this time is the gargoyle, which ages phenomenally...because it's in indestructible dragon head. Unlike the monsters from that 90s cartoon that was awesome at the time but which did not age well at all...
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"Thematic" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Doghouse" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Are We Loose Yet?" by Blue Dot Sessions
"A Simple Blur" by Blue Dot Sessions
"A Palace of Cedar" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Sensitive" by Podington Bear
"Small Pond" by Gurdonark
"Quantum Field Theory" by Rolemusic
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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 follow the quest of one fated to clash with her. Also this is Greek mythology so everyone is terrible all the time always.
The creature this week is the floating head and he's kind of like Pac-man...if Pac-man had a taste for people and delicious chestnuts.
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"Toppler" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Soothe" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Seamless" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Partly Sage" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Old Skin" by Podington Bear
"Little Dipper" by Podington Bear
"Astrisx" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Comet Trails" by Moon
"Orbs of Light" by Moon
Non-graphic talk of Zeus impregnating a woman by turning into a shower of gold (?) and non-graphic talk of how Poseidon raped a woman and then the woman was blamed for it because she was irresistible.
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 see...
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"The Nightmare" by Lee Rosevere
"Not Alone" by Lee Rosevere
"Sad Marimba Planet" by Lee Rosevere
"Twirl Into Insanity" by Keshco
"Decompression" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Bogero" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Sunset at Goat Fell" by Graham Bole
"Rooftop" by Jahzzar
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.
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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, I meant to say bubbles. Bubbles filled with your undigested brains. And they're not fun.
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"Vanagon" by Podington Bear
"Trellis" by Podington Bear
"TrailwaysA" by Podington Bear
"Bambi" by Podington Bear
"Daemones" by Kai Engel
"Modum" by Kai Engel
"Locked Up" by Fleslit
"Cach" by Blue Dot Sessions
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.
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"Gringo Steele Rocks the 40" by Rolemusic
"Death on the Battlefield" by Rolemusic
"Seventh Hill" by Podington Bear
"Vengeful" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Tuck and Point" by Blue Dot Sessions
"The Cast and Favor" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Set the Tip Jar" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Mercurial Vision" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Andelo" by Blue Dot Sessions
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 creature this time is the Mongolian Death Worm. It's a sand worm, but don't go getting your maker hooks just yet, because it's no Shai Hulud. And that's a problem, because instead of the spice melange that will give you longevity and maybe prescience, it spits a virulent neurotoxin that will do precisely the exact opposite.
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"Moon Bicycle Theme"
"An Introduction to Beetles"
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 is not a millionaire and really not very smart at all.
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"Waltz and Fury" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Twosome" by Podington Bear
"Spring Comes Early" by Podington Bear
"Big Blue" by Podington Bear
"Norvik" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Drone Pine" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Chilvat" by Blue Dot Sessions
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.
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"Two Dollar Token" by Blue Dot Sessions
"These Times" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Slow Casino" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic
"In My Head" by Podington Bear
"Down and Around" by Podington Bear
"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie
"Cylinder Five" by Chris Zabriskie
"Drone Thistle" by Blue Dot Sessions
"What Does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie
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.
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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 everywhere you go.
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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 crabs.
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The clip from Planet Earth II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OjfK0t1XM