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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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Episodes

151A-Faust: A Man of Wealth and Taste

8/13/2019
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The story of Faust and his infamous deal is one that has survived for hundreds of years. Beginning as whispers in Germany in the 1500s, it grew to plays and, most famously, a play by the German writer Goethe, largely considered to be one of the greatest works of German literature. The story has been done and redone, and the phase Faustian bargain is still in use to this day. In today's episode, we're getting back to the very beginning - to the legends behind the masterpieces, and the...

Duration:00:34:23

150B-European Epics: Where the Shadows Lie

8/6/2019
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From the end of the world to the underworld and Armageddon itself, Kalevipoeg does way too many things. The creature will throw acres of caustic feces in your direction. -- Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by Anchor. Anchor is a Spotify-owned company that makes it easy for anyone to make a podcast, for free. Get started at www.anchor.fm/mythsandlegends. Go to https://Simplisafe.com/legends to get the only home security system that I use and you’ll get free shipping and a 60-day...

Duration:00:35:19

150A-European Epics: King Me

7/30/2019
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From the Estonian epic, the Kalevipoeg, comes the story of, well, Kalevipoeg, the son of a giant who battles sorcerers who are trying to get with his mom and throws rocks the size of Volkswagens to win the kingship, all while trying to carve out a place in the world for his people and his homeland. The creature this week is an annoying piggyback ride from a stranger in the dark forest and why you should go along with that. -- Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by Anchor. Anchor is a...

Duration:00:31:12

149-Japanese Fairy Tales: Son of a Peach

7/16/2019
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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. — Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by...

Duration:00:40:17

148B-Monkey King: Leaps and Bounds

7/9/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Check out season 2 of Wolverine: The Lost Trail at https://wolverinepodcast.com If there is...

Duration:00:38:37

148A-Monkey King: Good Little Monkey

7/2/2019
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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...

Duration:00:38:02

147B-Antigone: Authority

6/25/2019
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A dark story gets darker as Antigone battles an authoritarian state in the form of her uncle Creon. -- Sponsors: Go to https://SimpliSafe.com/LEGENDS to check out an awesome home security system Learn more about IBS-C at https://ohmygut.info/podcast -- All music by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:33:18

147A-Oedipus: Team Spear It

6/18/2019
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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. Sponsor: If there is something interfering with your happiness or preventing you from achieving your goals, BetterHelp online counseling can help. For 10% off your first month, go to https://betterhelp.com/legendsand use the discount code LEGENDS Music: "An Unknown Visitor" by Blue Dot Sessions "Daisy" by Chad Crouch "Lilac" by Chad...

Duration:00:36:41

146-Scandinavian Folklore: Twinning

6/11/2019
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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. -- Sponsor: Bombas are the most comfortable socks in the history of feet. Go to https://www.bombas.com/legends to get 20% off your first order -- "Wavy Glass” by Podington...

Duration:00:35:15

145-Achilles: The Age of Heroes

6/4/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: For 74% off, go to https://omahasteaks.com and type LEGENDS in the search bar to get the Father’s Day Steak Fix package today. Check out...

Duration:00:43:20

144-Viking Legends: The Old Gods and the New

5/28/2019
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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. -- Sponsor: Looking for that perfect Father's Day gift? Look no more. Get 74% off the Father’s Day Steak Fix package. For Go to http://omahasteaks.com and use the code LEGENDS in the search...

Duration:00:37:39

143-Japanese Folktales: Crabby

5/21/2019
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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. -- Sponsors: Go to...

Duration:00:37:34

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...

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