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This is a podcast where I tell the stories that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some are incredibly popular myths and legends you think you know, but with surprising origins. Some are stories you probably haven't heard, but really should. Over the course of the show, I'll tell the original stories behind the knights of King Arthur's court, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Ragnar Lodbrok, the bloody Viking legends that inspired The Lord of the Rings, Mulan, and so much more. These are stories of gods, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.

This is a podcast where I tell the stories that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some are incredibly popular myths and legends you think you know, but with surprising origins. Some are stories you probably haven't heard, but really should. Over the course of the show, I'll tell the original stories behind the knights of King Arthur's court, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Ragnar Lodbrok, the bloody Viking legends that inspired The Lord of the Rings, Mulan, and so much more. These are stories of gods, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.
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This is a podcast where I tell the stories that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some are incredibly popular myths and legends you think you know, but with surprising origins. Some are stories you probably haven't heard, but really should. Over the course of the show, I'll tell the original stories behind the knights of King Arthur's court, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Ragnar Lodbrok, the bloody Viking legends that inspired The Lord of the Rings, Mulan, and so much more. These are stories of gods, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.

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English


Episodes

142B-Rome: Politics

5/14/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:37:51

142A-Rome: Glory

5/7/2019
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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. -- Sponsor: Check out https://amazon.com/legends to get two months of Kindle Unlimited (access to over a million e-books and over 5,000 audio books) for just 99 cents. -- Music: "Future You" by Chad...

Duration:00:31:42

141C-Robin Hood: On Brand

4/30/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Get $20 off your subscription to Storyworth at https://storyworth.com/legends With...

Duration:00:40:21

141B-Robin Hood: The Hunted

4/23/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Go to https://madison-reed.com and use the code LEGENDS to get 10% off plus free...

Duration:00:34:11

141A-Robin Hood: Merry

4/16/2019
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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...

Duration:00:34:27

140-La Llorona: No Way Out

4/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:16

139B-Irish Legends: Evitable

4/2/2019
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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...

Duration:00:39:56

139A-Irish Legends: The Hound

3/26/2019
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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...

Duration:00:34:43

138-Knights of the Round Table: Carl

3/19/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Pet Cemetery comes out in theaters April 5th! Squarespace is the perfect tool for your passion project. Check...

Duration:00:33:11

137-Italian folklore: Tailor-made

3/12/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Go to SimpliSafe.com/LEGENDS to check out an awesome home security system Want to help out the show? Go to http://podsurvey.com/myths -- Check out Hello from the...

Duration:00:34:50

136-Pecos Bill: To the Moon and Back

3/5/2019
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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). -- Sponsors: Check out Breach season 2, which...

Duration:00:39:22

135C-Tristan and Isolde: Homecoming

2/26/2019
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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...

Duration:00:50:59

135B-Tristan and Isolde: Secrets

2/19/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Turo: Get $25 off your first trip when you sign up for Turo and use promo...

Duration:00:39:40

135A-Tristan and Isolde: Matchmaker

2/12/2019
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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...

Duration:00:37:40

134-Grimm: Thirsty

2/6/2019
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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. Sponsors: Robinhood: The simple, straightforward way to start investing without commission fees straight from your smartphone. Go to http://myths.robinhood.comto get started with a free stock to start building your portfolio. Squarespace is the best way...

Duration:00:38:10

133-Filipino folklore: Monkey Business

1/22/2019
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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. -- Sponsor: Simplisafe! Make your New Years resolution to rest easy knowing that your home is safe and secure. Check out...

Duration:00:33:44

132B-Trojan War: Some Foolish Thing

1/16/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Check out season two of Siren on Freeform, Thursday January 24th at 8pm. Squarespace is the best way to make a website. Try it for free at https://www.squarespace.com/mythsand, when you’re ready, use...

Duration:00:37:43

132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come

1/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:36:40

131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family

1/2/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Squarespace...

Duration:00:36:11

131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal

12/26/2018
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The origin stories of the Olympians. The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat. -- Sponsors: Check out Bird Box on Netflix! Casper: Ready for a good night of sleep for once? All you have to do is go to http://casper.com/legends and use the offer code LEGENDS and your next favorite mattress will be delivered to your door. -- Music: “Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions “Pitho Magnus” by Blue Dot Sessions “Min” by Blue Dot Sessions “Betrayal” by Lee...

Duration:00:37:02