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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      90-Viking Legends: Mighty


      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...


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      89-Maui: The Mauiest Maui


      Maui. Trickster. Demigod. Sometimes-fish.

      Abandoned at birth but in the possession of great power, the story of Maui is the story of an underdog that came to help the human race in immeasurable ways: giving them fire, pulling up islands, making the day longer, killing monsters to give coconuts, and convincing the sun to give us some more time in the day...by beating him mercilessly with a fishhook.

      The creature is a square hedgehog. It's yellow, and makes a terrible pet,...


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      88-Ragnarok: Doom


      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.

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      87-Werewolves: The Lost


      Werewolves are people that turn into wolves. Or they don't. Maybe they just wear a fancy wolf belt. Or maybe part of a wolf skin. Or maybe they just like to think they're a wolf. Or maybe they're just people that like killing. Werewolf stories are simple ones, but there's no simple answer as to why this thing happens. And it did. A lot. All throughout history there are stories of Werewolves, stretching back as far as Ancient Greece. As it turns out, humans being monstrous is as old as...


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      86-Grimm: Clever


      Clever Hans is clever. He knows the best way to store needles and knives and how to carry a goat in your pockets on long walks through the country. He's even getting married to Gretel, and we'll see how taking advice on wooing your fiancee from your mom can end up in way too much mutilation.

      The second story is also about Hans! A different one. It's about cat chefs and following voices down into the dark places under the earth.

      The creature is why you'll want to pack a lunch...


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      35m
       2017-10-18

      85B-Slavic Folklore: Hold on to Your Hat


      The conclusion to the dwarf with the long beard, a story about a dwarf. And a long beard. And entering the ear canals of magic horses for fun and profit. We'll see the epic struggle between brothers come to an end, as well as a powerful argument in favor of facial hair.

      The creature this time is big, warm cat named Big Ears! He has Big Ears! And an army of demonic cats to do his will!

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      35m
       2017-10-11

      85A-Slavic Folklore: For the Right Reasons


      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.

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      32m
       2017-10-04

      84-Famous Fairy Tales: Rule of Three


      Threes are everywhere in folklore, and today we look at stories where they feature the most prominently: The three bears, the three little pigs, and Cinderella. The tales told and adapted for children children, the three pigs and Cinderella,  are extremely bloody and unforgiving, while the one that was originally for adults - the three bears - is about three very chill best bear friends enjoying a fun afternoon before dealing with a deeply psychologically troubled intruder.

      The ...


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      35m
       2017-09-27

      83-Tale of Tales: Skin Deep


      The "Tale of Tales" is a very famous, moderately deranged collection of folklore from 16th century Italy. It's by the author Giambattista Basile, a storyteller who traveled the Mediterranean region collecting stories. The collection known as "Tale of Tales" follows a similar framing narrative to "1001 Nights", with the storyteller telling the king stories in a very loosely-connected fashion.

      I'm not even going to say the titles for today's stories, but they are two of the most...


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      42m
       2017-09-20

      82B-Arabian Nights: Show Me What You Got


      We have to go deeper.

      Well, for Scheherazade to survive, she always has to have another level of story to go to - she always has to have another layer of protection, to keep the king interested or her story might end with the rising of the sun.

      Luckily the king is very easy to impress because these stories are bananas.

      The creature is a funny little guy who just wants to wash his beans in piece. Or eat you. Depending on how playful he's feeling.

       

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      34m
       2017-09-13