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Myths and Legends

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.
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May 17, 2017

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. Needless to say, they're super annoying.

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Music:

“Bitter Roll” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Floating Whist” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Glass Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Lead Shroud” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Pacing” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Sylvestor” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Town Market” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Bagd” by Podington Bear
 
“Breadtime” by by Podington Bear
 
“Many Hands” by Podington Bear
 
“Swimmy” by Podington Bear
May 10, 2017

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.

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Both are so easy, that in the time you took reading this you could have Mother's Day wrapped up. We're just looking out for you. Also please don't forget to use code MAL it keeps the lights on.

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Music:

“Lamplist” by Blue Dot Sessions

“One Needle” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Parissi” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Tuck and Point” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar
 
“60s Quiz Show” by Podington Bear
 
“A1 Rogue” by Podington Bear
 
“All The Colors In The World” by Podington Bear
 
“Canoe” by Podington Bear
 
“Climbing the Mountain” by Podington Bear
 
“Dulcet” by Podington Bear
 
“Loam” by Podington Bear
 
“Modest House” by Podington Bear
 
“Rythn” by Podington Bear
 
May 3, 2017

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 one of the most interesting, tragic figures you'll come across.

Sponsors:

The Great Courses Plus: Go to http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/myths to get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus, and while you’re there, check out the course “Fundamentals of Photography."

Loot Crate: Here's the link for the Groot I was talking about. This 22" figure will be in the one mega crate sent out to a lucky subscriber. The rest of us will have to settle for a bunch of cool pop culture stuff worth twice what we paid for it. Darn. Check out http://www.lootcrate.com/legends code LEGENDS for $3 off any new subscription.

Music:

“Malachite” by Andy G. Cohen
 
“Watching from Red Hill” by Artofescapism
 
“Disinter” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“The Face of the Thrush” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Take Me Higher” by Jahzzar
 
“Snowmen” by Kai Engel
 
“Even when we fall” by Philipp Weigl
 
“The Scent of Cedars” by Philipp Weigl
 
“60s Quiz Show” by Podington Bear
 
“Fits” by Podington Bear
 
“Pop Brasilia” by Podington Bear
 
“Seventh Hill” by Podington Bear
 
“Starday” by Podington Bear
 
“Toboggan (Smooth Run)” by Podington Bear
 
“Trader Ho Hey” by Podington Bear
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