Info

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.
RSS Feed
Myths and Legends
2018
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: Category: general
Aug 1, 2018

The story of Meng Jiangnu and the Great Wall is one of the four great folktales of China. It's the story of love, tyranny, and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost.

If you like your evil creatures without any way to defeat them whatsoever, then this week's creature might be for you.

--

Sponsors:

Check out Handy. Everyone loves a clean house. Now it's not only super easy, but affordable too. Check out http://www.handy.com/legends and use code LEGENDS during checkout to get your first 3-hour cleaning for 39 dollars once you sign up for a plan!

Audible! Audible is my favorite way to listen to audiobooks. Go to http://www.audible.com/myths or text MYTHS to 500-500 to start your free 30-day trial and get a free audiobook.

--

The book by Wilt Idema: https://bardic.link/Pieuc

--

Music:

"Mindset" by Ketsa

"Calming Storms" by Ketsa

"Management" by Ketsa

"Our Digital Compass" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rate Sheet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tumblehome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slate Tracker" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Morning Colorwheel" by Blue Dot Sessions

May 16, 2018

Tom Thumb is the story of a guy named Tom...who is as big as his dad's thumb. A practical joke by a wizard, Tom went on to become Sir Thomas Thumb, the greatest knight in the realm, but not before becoming indigestion for a giant, a raven's canker sore, and exploring all the thrilling intricacies of a cow's digestive system.

The creature this week is a fish that's more manly than I'll ever be.

---

Sponsor:

Amazon Music Unlimited: It has millions of songs and you can play it just by speaking. You can start a 30-day trial free at http://amazonmusic.com

---

Music:

"Le Monstre" by Podington Bear

"Pives and Flarinet" by Podington Bear

"Elephants on Parade" by Podington Bear

"Releaseing the Sculpture" by Podington Bear

"Two Boys and a Girl" by Podington Bear

"Airliner" by Podington Bear

"New Skin" by Podington Bear

"Denouement" by Podington Bear

"Waiting for the Moment that Never Comes" by Lee Rosevere

"You're Enough" by Lee Rosevere

Apr 18, 2018

The Webbys! You have until 11:59pm PST on 4/19 to vote, so if you haven't voted, please go to http://vote.mythpodcast.com and vote for Myths and Legends. Thank you so much.

---

A new shadow rises to the north of Mali and an evil sorcerer king (and connoisseur of severed heads) will rise, but not before Djata, Sogolon, and others are forced into exile by the ruthless queen mother. It's part 2 of the story of Sundiata: an epic of old Mali.

The creature this week is a good-guy African dragon who, in a refreshing twist, is the victim of all of his interactions with humans.

---

Sponsors:

Amazon Music Unlimited has millions of songs and you can start a 30-day trial free at http://amazonmusic.com

Casper is the most comfortable mattress I've ever used. I did the math - you spend a quarter million hours on your mattress over your life, you should be comfortable. Check out http://www.casper.com/legends, offer code LEGENDS for fifty dollars off your mattress purchase.

---

Music:

"Somnolence" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Oneiri" by Kai Engel

"Little Black Cloud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plum" by Podington Bear

"Taoudella" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 7, 2018

Charlemagne is the Holy Roman Emperor, and as a Holy Roman Emperor in a legend, it's not surprising that he'd get a command directly from God. What is surprising, however, is that the command is less than holy.

The angry, bitter bird people on the creature of the week will be the death of chairs as we know them.

---

Sponsors:

Spotify! Check us out on Spotify: http://spotify.mythpodcast.com

Bombas! Go to http://www.bombas.com/legends to get 20% off your first purchase of the most comfortable socks in the history of feet.

The Great Courses Plus! Go to http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/myths to get a free one month trial today. While you're there, check out "Great Mythologies of the World".

LinkedIn! Go to http://linkedin.com/myths for a $50 credit toward your first job post.

---

"Little Strut Surprise" by Podington Bear

"K2" by Podington Bear

"Gentle Marimbas" by Podington Bear

"Chrysalis" by Podington Bear

"B7 Bomber" by Podington Bear

"Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cobalt Blue" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 31, 2018

As I was reading the story of Gouyen, I couldn't believe it was a true story - the lengths and the danger this woman went to in order to bring her husband's killer to justice. She's brave, intelligent, and ruthless when it comes to going after her goals. And her story doesn't end there. Her name ends up associated with one of the most famous Apache warriors in American history and his fight against the United States.

The creature this time is what happens when you reaaaaaaally want to grow wings and pull your own head off (I mean, more than we all want to do all the time)

Music:

"El Tajo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Meekness" Kai Engel

"Harbor" by Kai Engel

"La Costilla" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 15, 2017

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.

---

Sponsors:

War Dragons: Check out our awesome team, just search for "TheVolsungs". You can download War Dragons for free today at http://www.wardragons.com/legends (be sure to go from a phone or tablet device, though.

Hello Fresh: We are seriously getting into Hello Fresh. You have to try it. It makes cooking easy, fun, and simple. It's by far my favorite meal service. Go to http://www.hellofresh.com/legends and use the code LEGENDS30 to get $30 off your first meal.

---

Music:

"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

Nov 1, 2017

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.

 Sponsors:

Check out War Dragons at http://wardragons.com/legends to start playing now, and you can join my group by searching for "TheVolsungs"

Lootcrate! Get 100% exclusive crates by going to http://lootcrate.com/legends and using the code legends to get $3 off your first crate today.

Oct 4, 2017

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.

---

Sponsor:

Check out Casper for the most comfortably mattress you will ever sleep on. Go to http://www.casper.com/legends and use the code LEGENDS to get $50 off your first order.

---

Music:

"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

May 24, 2017

It seems like with a lot of fairy tales someone looked at the original, thought that there was absolutely no way they could tell that to a child, and re-wrote it to get rid of the shocking violence and general terribleness of every creature ever. "The Ugly Duckling" by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is no exception. It's shockingly violent and sad at times, but underneath its brutality and ridiculousness is a profound theme that still resonates today. Also birds are jerks.

The creature this time is the Loveland Frog. It's a large-ish frog from my hometown in Ohio. Ohio is so boring we can't even have a cool cryptid.

Sponsors:

Three words: FRONT. POCKET. WALLET. Get one, and say goodbye to an achey back from sitting at an angle all the time. Not only that, but they are hard to pickpocket. Not only THAT, but they are RFID shielded, meaning people can't scan your pocket and get your credit card info. Also, they come in cool leathers, like moose. Really, check it out. The owner is a friend of the show and a regular listener. Go to http://rogueindustries.com and use code LEGENDS at checkout for free shipping.

Dollar Shave Club: For just $5, you can get their top-of-the-line razor and a tube of shave butter (which unlike the Seinfeld episode isn't real butter and won't lead to Newman taking a bite out of you). Just go to https://dollarshaveclub.com/myths 

Detour: I've always wondered what I'm missing out on when I'm walking through a city. Now, there's a way to know. Guided tours right on your phone that you can share with friends. Check out http://detour.com/myths

Music:

“Just a Blip” by Andy G. Cohen

 
“Warmer” by Andy G. Cohen
 
“Faster Faster Brighter” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Parade Shoes” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Rafter” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Tripoli” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Like Starlight through a Veil” by Philipp Weigl
 
“Midnight Blue” by Podington Bear
Apr 5, 2017

The story of Oedipus is fun until it isn't. I've met people with varying degrees of familiarity with the story. Some are familiar only with the central premise of the story, while others' knowledge only extends to a certain disgusting little complex popularized by a similarly-disgusting Viennese psychologist. Regardless, the story of Oedipus is a fascinating commentary on fate, our willing blindness to uncomfortable truths, and why you should, under no circumstances, talk to prophets. Seriously, they will mess up your life.

The creature this week is the Tanuki from Japan, with two big surprises for you.

-------

Sponsors:

Loot Crate this month looks amazing. Batman, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, and X-files are all fantastic franchises, and I'm super excited for it. You should check it out, too. You can get __ off your first month by going to http://www.lootcrate.com/legends and entering the promo code "LEGENDS"

Casper is, hands down, the best mattress I've ever slept on. To try it risk-free for 100 nights with free shipping and free returns in the US and Canada, go to http://www.casper.com/legends and enter the code "LEGENDS" at check out.

-------

Music:

"Skeptic"

"Modest House"

"In My Head"

"A1 Rogue"

by Podington Bear

 

"Readers Do You Read"

"Wonder Cycle"

"Everybody's Got Problems that Aren't Mine"

by Chris Zabriskie

 

"Seeker" by Kai Engel

"Mogul" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plaster Combo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 28, 2016

The end of the saga of Gilgamesh...and possibly the end of Gilgamesh, but not if the demi-god has anything to say about it. After a tragic loss, Gilgamesh goes on a quest to defeat mankind's greatest enemy - death itself, and he learns the secrets of our destructive past.

The creature this week slathers his naked body in mud and twigs. Hows that for juxtaposition?

Sponsors:

Loot Crate! Check out http://www.lootcrate.com/legends (offer code: LEGENDS) for the awesome antihero box.

Blue Apron! http://www.blueapron.com/legends

Music:

"Seasong" by Jelsonic | "The Terrerium" by Blue Dot Sessions | "Sunbeam" by Podington Bear | "Holding Hands" by Podington Bear | "Pacing" by Blue Dot Sessions | "Neil Takes Two" by Blue Dot Sessions | "Lead Shroud" by Blue Dot Session | "Epiphany" by Podington Bear | "Dry Air" by Podington Bear | "Studie I" by Jahzzar | "There's a Special Place for some People" by Chris Zabriskie

Nov 23, 2016

Three stories of Loki, the infamous trickster from Norse mythology. Most of his hijinks are light-hearted, and end with him getting his comeuppance, but it comes in the form of being a bridesmaid at Thor's wedding or (as in this episode) an extremely uncomfortable game of tug-of-war. What happens when a trick gets taken too far? What is the final act that turns friends into enemies and creates a rift that will consume the worlds?

The creatures this week are squat hairy naked dudes. Again. These ones are watching their sodium intake, though.

Sponsors!

Stranglers, by Earwolf

On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stranglers/id1174116487?mt=2

The website: http://www.earwolf.com/show/stranglers/

 

MVMT watches:

Go to http://mvmtwatches.com/myths for 15% off!

Vistaprint

For 60% off holiday cards: http://www.vistaprint.com and use code MYTHS60 at checkout

Nov 9, 2016

The unexpected story of a fool, an epic quest, and a flying ship. Also, why you should respect your elders, especially if they want to give you a lot of free bread and vodka.

The creature is the Lake Worth Monster, from Texas in the US. It is either a monstrous man-goat-fish...or a teenager who likes ice cream.

NEW SHOW!!

We are super-proud of Career Day, so please check it out and subscribe on iTunes: http://apple.co/2fn0xK8

Here's the website: http://www.CareerDayShow.com

Here's Stitcher: http://stitcher.careerdayshow.com

Or just search for "Career Day" on your podcast app!

Sponsors:

Check out http://www.jackthreads.com to try on clothes BEFORE you buy them. Don't forget code "MYTHS"

Also check out http://ziprecruiter.com/myths

Sep 7, 2016

A story of a super-powered Russian hero fighting the evil, also super-powered villain known as Nightingale the Robber. Nightingale can fly, kill with a scream, and lives in the shadows of his forest. The journey will take our hero from home, through multiple stays with Baba Yaga(s), and finally into a confrontation with the legendary bandit on a quest to become the man he never thought he could be.

The creature this week is sweaty, hairy, and naked...and the only way you can beat it is by wrestling it.

Check out www.blueapron.com/legends for some awesome meals without pounds of ingredients left over.

Seriously, check out the audiobook "World War Z" from www.audible.com/myths 

Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"What Does Anybody Know About Anything?" by Chris Zabriskie

"Denzel Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Zither Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rough Hewn" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Snowcrop" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Low Jack" by Podington Bear

"Kiss" by Podington Bear

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere

Aug 24, 2016

It's the conclusion of the Lancelot story, and we'll immediately pick up after last week's fairly cheap cliffhanger ending. He'll finally see the end of his quest... Either by plummeting to the choppy waters below...or by the lions on the other side of the sword...or the castle full of people who want to kill him on the other side of the lions.

The creature is the Tannarak, who just wants to date you or steal your child. It really does not care, which is fairly problematic.

The discussion post and the disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4180/41c-lancelot-complicated/

Link for the new show: https://www.mythpodcast.com/new-show-form/

Sponsor this week!

Blue Apron is awesome. Check it out at http://www.blueapron.com/legends

 

1