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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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Now displaying: December, 2017
Dec 29, 2017

Since Myths and Legends is off this week, I thought I would run an episode from our other show, Fictional. It's a podcast where we adapt and retell stories from all over fiction. Today's episode is part one of "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. If you're not already subscribed, this is a chance to check out the new show, and if you are, we'll see you next week with a new Myths and Legends!

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Here are the original shownotes for this episode:

"The Time Machine" is a book written by the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells. This is a book so famous that it actually coined the phrase "time machine" to refer to a machine that travels through time. It is a short but sprawling book, flinging mankind into the farthest future where we see how the consequences of our actions today can affect the world for millennia. It still holds up, too. It's a little more plot- and concept-heavy than today's novels, but it's a fascinating story full of interesting twists.

The villain this time is neither fascinating nor full of twists. He's a one-note idiot obsessed with returning to a past that never was.

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Music:

“Cylinder Three” by Chris Zabriskie

Additional music by Breakmaster Cylinder

 

 

Dec 20, 2017

The story of a few violent, zombie-filled Christmases from Norse legend.

There are two creatures this week! The first is the gloso! A friendly little piggy who will stop by to say hi. Except if you forget her Christmas gift. Then she turns into a demon of the night with glowing red eyes. The other is the nisse, a gnome will merely beat you senseless for forgetting his gift. Basically just remember to get gifts for all the mythological creatures on your list.

Music:

"Anxiety" by Kai Engel

"Floret" by Kai Engel

"Delicant" by Podington Bear

"Morels" by Podington Bear

"Sorrento" by Podington Bear

"Steps" by Podington Bear

"Storm Passing" by Podington Bear

Dec 13, 2017

The Amazons are at the gates, and they want what they came for: the sister of the queen that was kidnapped by Theseus...but does Antiope, the Amazon, want to return? What will the horribly outmatched and, let's face it, outwitted Theseus do? How does this whole segment only take up 1/3 of the episode? We'll see on this week's thrilling conclusion to...last week's story.

 

The creature this week is why you don't want to go to that fun worm dance party on the beach. I know. We ruin everything.

 

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music:

 

"After Midnight" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Silence" by Kai Engel

"Visum" by Kai Engel

"Oecumene Sleeps" by Kai Engel

"Crying Earth" by Kai Engel

"Dancing on the Edge" by Kai Engel

"Vik Fence Haflak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fence Sahder" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 6, 2017

There is a monster that's worse than all other monsters. He's (literally) the father of monsters. His donkey-head scrapes the stars and his hands are a hundred snake heads. He was born for one singular purpose: to destroy the Olympians, and that's just what he'll do. His name is Typhon.

And that's just the first story today. Then we launch into the main story, about Theseus and the Amazons. We'll pick back up with our buddy Hercules as he's being terrible and get a background on the Amazons and see why you shouldn't do exactly what Theseus does.

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