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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 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.

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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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