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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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Oct 9, 2019

Jack the giant killer is back, and he’s less Jack the giant killer than Jack the let’s-just-sit-here-and-let-the-giants-die-from-their-own-unforced-errors guy. That’s way less catchy, though.

The creature (pixui) is a constipated robber with daddy issues.

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Music:

“Popism” by Blue Dot Sessions
“The Gall” by Podington Bear
“Mello D” by Podington Bear
“Flatlands 4th” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Twosome” by Podington Bear
“Scallat” by Podington Bear
“Rope Swing” by Podington Bear
“Indian Paintbrush” by Podington Bear

Oct 2, 2019

Two stories, one from Italy, one from England. In the one from italy, Costanza is born which would usually be pretty great...except her parents are already in retirement and have given everything away to her older sisters, so she sets out on her own in the wild medieval world.

The second story is Molly Whuppie, whose parents have left her and her two sisters in the forest to die. Then things get worse.

The creature this week is hoop snake, a snake that's a hoop and also really confused as to why you're diving through it.

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Music:

“Climbing the Mountain” by Podington Bear

“Airliner” by Podington Bear

“In the Box” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Lakkalia” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Ice pack” by Podington Bear

“So it goes” by Podington Bear

“Hardboil” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Box Canyon” by Podington Bear

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Hoop Snake story: https://web.archive.org/web/20060629012039/http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/editors_pick/1925_01-02_pick.html

Sep 25, 2019

Two stories of terrible parents. One decides to get rich by strapping a gemstone to an infant's head, and the other let her son do whatever he wanted until the day came when she needed him to do one little thing: babysit a chicken. It did not go well.

The creature is the phooka, from Ireland, and it will fly you to the moon...but not in the charming Sinatra way, but in the literal way where you suffocate.

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Music:

“Wonder Happens” by Podington Bear
“Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Highride” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Pives and Flarinet” by Podington Bear
“Minor Islands” by Podington Bear
“Blue Blanket” by Podington Bear

Sep 18, 2019

Hrolf Kraki must avenge his father by confronting his step-father...and brother-in-law. Don't worry, though, the weirdness of last week gets ironed out when we enter more familiar territory for the Viking legends. Our wonderful one-eyed wanderer makes an appearance, kings battle kings, and berserkers battle trolls, draugr, other berserkers, random bystanders, and, well, just about everyone.

The creature this week is Penny Dragon, a dragon that will leave you pennies and maybe also burn down your home.

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Music:

“Lost Shoe” by Blue Dot Sessions
“I Recall” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Smooth Actor” by Podington Bear
“Delta” by Podington Bear
“Illustrated Novel” by Podington Bear
“Calla Lily” by Podington Bear
“Slow Rollout” by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 11, 2019

We’re back in the Norse Sagas with witches, trolls, Norns, magic, elves, and this one-eyed wanderer who definitely isn’t named Odin but have you heard about how awesome Odin is? No? We’ll he’s happy to tell you.

This is the saga of Hrolf Kraki and his twelve legendary berserkers.

The creature is the reason you should actually follow that strange creature into the dark forest (free all-you-can-eat shrimp!)


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Music:

“Keo Keo” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Convoy Lines” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Degradation” by Podington Bear
“Den” by Podington Bear
“Senseless” by Podington Bear
“Relinquish” by Podington Bear
“The Things We Save” by Podington Bear

Sep 4, 2019

A boy is born, fated to be one who brings strife. Two sons seek to outrun a family curse. A wife is spared the grisly fates of her husband and son...only if she will marry the one who committed the atrocities. A daughter is saved from certain death...by judgy ducks. These are the stories of the names that would go down in legend: Odysseus, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Clytemnestra, and Penelope, and their lives before the event that would make them all famous: the Trojan War.

The creature this week is a dragon who is living his best life in Ireland.

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Music:

"Lakkalia" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Last Lights" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Hedgeliner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Children by the Creek" by Chad Crouch

"Barefoot" by Chad Crouch

"Song Sparrow Serenade" by Chad Crouch

"Headwaters" by Chad Crouch

Aug 28, 2019

Things are going well for King Arthur for once. He’s in complete control over the island of Great Britain, he’s got a bunch of awesome knights, and dragon attacks are down. What could go wrong?

King Arthur should know to never ever ask that question, because twelve men from the definitely not defunct and/or fictional Roman Empire are here to show him exactly what can go wrong.

The creature this time is orphan bird, because when you can turn a bird that abandons her children into an religious allegory, why not?

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Music:
“Drifting” by Chad Crouch
“Daybreak” by Chad Crouch
“Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions
“The Snowgarden” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Three Stories” by Blue Dot Sessions
“The Bluff Trail (Instrumental)” by Chad Crouch

Jul 17, 2019

Why you absolutely should take the biggest peach you can find in the supermarket and sing to it. It might just hatch a baby! Unfortunately your fairy tale baby will do what fairy tale babies do: grow up and hear that call to adventure, going out to seek their fortune, taking no more than a plucky attitude and an angry dog to battle the evils of the world.

The creature this time is Batman...if Batman was a literal bat who turned into an old man.

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Music

“Adventure” by Chad Crouch

“Coin Op” by Chad Crouch

“Periwinkle” by Chad Crouch

“Chyrsalis” by Podington Bear

“Gambrel” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Holding Hands” by Podington Bear

Jul 10, 2019

The monkey king has done it all: he was immortal, he had allied with all the mythological creatures he could find, and he controlled an army 40,000 strong...but heaven didn't care about any of that. They were coming for him, whether or not it was legal, and there was nothing he could do to stop them.

The creature this week is a big, angry, hairy unicorn with a...weird surprise.

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Music:

“Cicle Desert” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Wide Eyes” by Chad Crouch
“Illustrated Novel” by Chad Crouch
“Pythagoras” by Podington Bear
“Crosswire” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Lunette (interlude)” by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 3, 2019

Sun Wukong, the (Handsome) Monkey King, is both an actual monkey and an actual king…and presumably handsome according to whatever standard that is judged. One of the most famous anti-heroes of Chinese literature, we start his story, and the story of the extremely famous “Journey to the West” at the beginning, with the story of the monkey’s rock mom on the Flower-Fruit mountain.

The creature this week is the ningyo, the human fish. It’s neither human nor a fish, but it is a tired introvert who just wants some me time.

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Music:

“Rice” by Chad Crouch
“Peanut Shells” by Chad Crouch
“Dim” by Chad Crouch
“City Lights” by Chad Crouch
“B-Roll” by Chad Crouch
“The Gloaming” by Chad Crouch
“Lunette” by Blue Dot Sessions

Jun 26, 2019

A dark story gets darker as Antigone battles an authoritarian state in the form of her uncle Creon.

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All music by Blue Dot Sessions

Jun 19, 2019

When we last left the Oedipus family, they all found out they were more related than they ever thought possible. It's somehow about to get even worse.

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Music:

"An Unknown Visitor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Daisy" by Chad Crouch

"Lilac" by Chad Crouch

"Seafoam" by Chad Crouch

"Trailrunner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dasher" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jun 5, 2019

We're back on the road to the Trojan War, with the story of Achilles. Starting from when his father interrupted the ritual to make him immortal, we'll follow him as he goes to that epic Greek daycare run by Chiron and watch as his mother tries to keep him away from the war that is beginning to consume the Greek world.

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Music:

"Clouds at the Gap" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Adventure" by Podington Bear

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tillis County" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Falcon Hood" by Podington Bear

"Falling Falling" by Podington Bear

May 29, 2019

King Olaf has a new guest...named Guest. Guest has a story, an impossible story of gods, giants, and heroes from a time long past. If it's true, it could change everything King Olaf thought he knew about himself, his people, and his history. If it's not true, well, at least it's still a good story.

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Music:

"Campfire Rounds" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Watercool Quiet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"At All Ends" by Blue Dot Sessions

May 22, 2019

The story this week is the reason you don’t make enemies with a decapod who’s friends with a bee, a pile of dung, a mortar and a chestnut. The other is the reason why you should buy a waterbottle for your next hike, or you might just need to be carried out of the woods.

The creature this week is why you don’t want to mispronounce anything ever because it might lead to you being cursed for eternity as a vampire. I’m pretty much already screwed.

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Music:

"Trod Along" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Fever Creep" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bedroll" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Skatepark" by Chad Crouch

"In My Head" by Podington Bear

"Swing Lo" by Podington Bear

May 15, 2019

Romulus and Remus are finally striking out on their own, and what could go wrong with two seventeen year olds starting their own city when they are accompanied by a band of outlaws and they have too many weapons and not enough leadership experience and no one taught them how to share? Everything? Did you say everything? Because everything going wrong is the exact right answer.

The creature this week is Sir worm, AKA the Minhocão from Brazilian folklore, who likes to wear armor, eat horses, and make scientists get into fights.

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Music:

“True Blue Sky” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Opus 9-2” by Chad Crouch
“Ink” by Chad Crouch
“Lollygag” by Chad Crouch

May 1, 2019

When we left off last week, Robin Hood was stabbed in the side by an assassin who deceived him, and he was bleeding out all while his camp was being swarmed by the Sheriff of Nottingham's men, his friends being driven off, captured, or killed. It's not looking good.

The creature this week is the only one who could resist those sinful apple slices...and it gets rewarded by being set on fire.

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Music:

"Guild Rat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Betty Dear" by Blue Dot Sessions

"One Quiet Conversation" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lupi" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Hickory Shed" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tartaruga" by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 24, 2019

This week, it’s a continuation of our Robin Hood tale, and this time, the Sheriff of Nottingham is on his final nerve. With his reputation on the line, failure is not an option…despite his unimpressive past peppered with exactly that.

Then, on Creature of the Week, it’s the Merman in all his glory. And this time, you have options. Except, nobody said those options had to be great.

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Music:

“Borough” by Blue Dot Sessions

“When in the West” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Aloscape” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Turning to You” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Bald Eagle” by Chad Crouch

“Something Elated” by Broke for Free

“Wandering” by Steve Combs

Apr 17, 2019

Robin Hood is a name that has echoed through the ages as a noble outlaw - one who takes from the rich and gives to the poor and who, with his bow and arrow and merry men, makes the powerful, cruel leaders answer for their treatment of the downtrodden.

He wasn’t always that symbol.

In his earliest tellings, Robin Hood is a much different outlaw. He’s a cutthroat who lives on the edges of the society. He takes from rich and poor alike and gives to his own. He will grow into the symbol that will be known a world over, but he’s not there yet.

This is the beginning of the story of Robin Hood.

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Music:

“Chrome and Wax” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wandering” by Steve Combs
 
“Something Elated” by Broke For Free
 
“Middle” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Crumpet” by Blue Dot Sessions 
 
“Setting Up” by Blue Dot Sessions
Apr 10, 2019

If you hear her weeping, it might already be too late. A life fraught with loss and betrayal creates a tragic and dangerous being that's trapped between life and death, salvation and destruction. She's crying out on the edge of madness for those she's lost, and she might be coming for the ones you care about most. This week, it's a deep dive into the stories behind La Llorona, the weeping woman from Latin American folklore.

The creature this week is the chupacabra, which is either a vicious blue imp, a spiky naked bear, or a coyote with advanced mange. One of these things is not like the other.

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Music:

"Threads and Veils" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Charcoal Lines" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pickers" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Apr 3, 2019

Where we left off, Cú Chulainn was getting dung smeared in his face by a stronger, magical king. None of that matters, because Cú Chulainn won. Of course he did. He's Cú Chulainn. Today's story picks up years later. As it turns out, killing people indiscriminately for all of your adult life (and pretty much all of your childhood) has consequences. Today, we'll learn what those are.

The creature is lady Kiya, from Japan, and she's a great reason to be honest with people about your feelings.

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Music:

“Scaffoldings” by Podington Bear

“Minor Islands” by Podington Bear

“Forces” by Podington Bear

“Blue Blanket” by Podington Bear

“Guild Rat” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Campanula” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Uncertain Ground” by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 27, 2019

Swan hunting, demon horde fighting, and marriage counseling: we’re back in the stories of Cú Chulainn, the hound of Ulster, after he won the war. He’s at a party, celebrating, but then his wife hints that she’d like one small thing, and that snowballs into him going to battle in fairy land against Senach the Spectral, shadow king. Really, though, if you’re a legendary hero, pretty much any todo list can end up with you fighting a shadow king.

The creature is Master Stoorworm, and he's still around. You can find him in the Orkney Islands and Iceland. Oh, sorry, did I say "in?" I meant "as."

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Music:

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Manaan" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Basketliner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Flunked Funk" by Podington Bear

"Bjork" by Podington Bear

Mar 20, 2019

Gawain, Kay, and Bishop Baldwin are road tripping, but it's starting to rain. Kay won't camp out in the rain, so that only leaves one option: Carl's house. The knights are in for one of the strangest nights of their life.

The creature this week is the mantindane, from Kenya, maybe an evil poison monkey...or an alien trying to create a race of alien-human hybrids.

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Mar 13, 2019

Young Dionigi is an apprentice to the master tailor, Maestro Lattantio. It’s a good job and, frankly, the best one he could get. The problem? He wants a better one. He wants to be a wizard. His boss wants him to get back to work.

The mamlambo is the reason why you don’t want to date the guy you grew in a jar.

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Music:

“So It Goes” by Podington Bear

“Pounded Piano” by Podington Bear

“Tiptoe Treadline” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Our Only Lark” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Elmore Heights” by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 6, 2019

It’s the long awaited, frequently requested return of Pecos Bill, and we’ll see the aftermath of the incident with the twister, watch him pitch the devil as an investor in his new startup, and fall in love...all while thinking that he’s secretly a coyote.

The creature is Mama Dlo, from Trinidad and Tobago, and she will love you and leave you (at the bottom of the river, for you to slowly and painfully heal so she can love you again).

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Music:

All music today was but Blue Dot Sessions (https://sessions.blue)

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