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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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Jun 12, 2019

The story of Tatterhood is unlike any I've ever read on the podcast, and it's so excellent. The problem? I can't really say much without ruining the story. So check it out, you won't be disappointed.

The creature is the tomcod, a catfish that's actually a catfish. It's a lot more off-putting than you'd think.

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"Wavy Glass” by Podington Bear
“Fantasy and Denouement” by Podington Bear
“Go to Sleep” by Podington Bear
“Sandcastle” by Chad Crouch
“Rice” by Chad Crouch
“Periwinkle” by Chad Crouch
“Lemonade” by Chad Crouch
“Death on the Battlefield” by Rolemusic

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 8, 2019

If you're remotely familiar with the legendary history of Rome, you might know about two babies suckling a she-wolf....and that's about it. Really, though it's a story of intrigue and murder, betrayal and redemption, and, yes, a loving wolf mom with her two demigod babies.

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Music:

"Future You" by Chad Crouch

"Pilgrim's Progress" 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)

Feb 27, 2019

The jig is up, the news is out, they finally found Tristan and Isolde. They were renegades who had it made, but they were caught red-handed...mainly because of the blood...when Tristan and Isolde fell into the dwarf's trap and attempted a late night tryst. The executioners are already building their pyre, and they will be thrown atop it in the morning.

The creature is a horse with gross little noodle legs. Oh and also he might try eat you, but really, which mythological creature won't try to eat you?

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Music:

“Thin Passage” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Stucco Grey” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Holo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Entwined Oddity” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Deathly Recitation” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Closing” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Brooks” by Kai Engel

“Symphony No 1 (Hope)” by Steve Combs

“Stickle” by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 20, 2019

Tristan and Isolde have a problem: they can't get enough of each other. After they inadvertently drank the love potion, they couldn't control their love...and it is looming like a snare, one that will destroy them and everything they love if they let it.

The creature is the loup garou, from Caribbean folklore and it's the reason to carry around a keyhole with you and collect your dog's eye boogers.

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Music:

"Softly Villainous" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Manaan" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Illa Villardo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Alley Crawler" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Four" by Chris Zabriskie

"What Does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

"John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris Zabriskie

"Turkey Vulture" by Chard Crouch

Feb 13, 2019

I don't want to spoil anything for someone who doesn't know this story, but this three-parter has everything: sneering villains, valiant heroes, monster fights, love, loss, betrayal, and someone shoving dragon tongues down their pants despite that not remotely being the best way to transport dragon tongues. It's the long-requested original story of Tristan and Isolde.

The creature is just a hungry snail...who also happens to be four stories tall and in possession of mouth tentacles.

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Music:

"Tartaruga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ranch Hand" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Nocturne Op 27 No 1" by Podington Bear

"Tortoise Shell" by Podington Bear

"Cracked Nut Suite" by Podington Bear

Feb 6, 2019

For once, the king is dead and the queen is alive, and she's going to make sure her daughter avoids the dangers that many princesses have to face. Or, she tries.

The creature is a balding, adorable werewolf with a love of fuzzy slippers.

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Music:

“Lesser Scaup” by Chad Crouch

“Great Egret” by Chad Crouch

“Button” by Chad Crouch

“An Unknown Visitor” by Blue Dot Sessions

“The Callow” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Roadside Bunkhouse” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“House of Grendel” by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 23, 2019

This week, it's a fable from the Philippines with a monkey, a turtle, and Game of Thrones level violence and retribution when something is stolen (don't worry, though. We don't get graphic with it).

The creature of the week is (yet another) reason why you want to kiss that dragon on the mouth. I don't make the rules, I am just confused and bewildered by them.

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Music:

"Cicle Valga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cottonwoods" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dawn Line Approaching" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Over the Fence" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sino de Cobre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"SuzyB" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thannoid" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 16, 2019

This is the episode. This is the episode where Helen of Sparta becomes Helen of Troy, and an event happens that launches 1000 ships toward the city in the east. This is where it all begins.

The creature of the week has a dorky smile and a retainer and will absolutely eat you.

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Thumbscrew" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Palms Down" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dawns" by Ketsa

"CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie

"Aloscape I" by Blue Dot Sessions

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Jan 9, 2019

In this prelude to the Trojan War, we learn the origin of the most famous Greek hero, and maybe the most reviled Trojan prince. Also, you shouldn't let Hera plan your wedding because a bitter decade-long war might break out because of it, and if you invite Poseidon, you're going to get an immortal horse as a gift to your wedding so, you know, invite Poseidon.

The creature this week is the Lady of the Land. There are way safer and easier ways to make money than killing dragons. Like kissing dragons on the mouth. Don't worry, I explain it in the Creature of the Week (kind of).

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Music:

"Smooth Actor" by Podington Bear

"Reckoning" by Podington Bear

"Box Canyon" by Podington Bear

"Thom Yorke at Home" by Podington Bear

"Only Lonesome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Only Lara" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Belted Kingfisher" by Chad Crouch

Jan 2, 2019

Last week, Hera hid that she was pregnant. This week, we learn who the father isn’t, and see the births of two more important figures from Greek mythology. Also, if you’re going for the whole totalitarian dictator thing, make sure you don’t take your wine naps right next to all the people that hate you. Just saying.

The creature this week is the pipe fox. A fun little fox friend who will learn all your friends’ secrets and also rob you and everyone in your life.

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Dec 26, 2018

The origin stories of the Olympians.

The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat.

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Music:

“Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Pitho Magnus” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Betrayal” by Lee Rosevere

“Everywhere” by Lee Rosevere

“All the Answers” by Lee Rosevere

“Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Campanula” by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 19, 2018

Mowgli is hiding among the humans to stay safe from Shere Khan after burning and shaming the tiger at the showdown at Council Rock. The problem? The tiger knows where Mowgli is, and he is coming for the man cub.

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Music:

“Where it all happened” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Illa Villardo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Darkened Treeline” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Your Mother’s Daughter” by Chris Zabriskie

“There’s probably no time” by Chris Zabriskie

“Beignet Interlude” by Blue Dot Sessions

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