Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends
The stories of the past in the language of the present

177B-Trojan War: Storm of Spears
Mar 24 • 48 min
The biggest battle of the war so far has the gods themselves being drawn into the war, fighting over the fate of the sacred city of Troy
177A-Trojan War: Rage
Mar 17 • 51 min
“Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.” It begins: the Greek army marches on Troy
176-The Emperor’s New Clothes: Matchless
Mar 11 • 39 min
Three stories from the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen about people that are matchless
175-Thor: Surprises
Mar 4 • 50 min
Thor’s daughter is getting married to a dwarf, and Thor is the last person to find out about it. Also he punted a dwarf onto a burning ship for fun at his brother’s funeral, so things might get awkward.
174-Medieval Knights: Take Your Time
Feb 26 • 37 min
The Legend of Sir Isumbras and the reason why you don’t mess with unicorns
173-Tunisian Folklore: Fortune
Feb 19 • 40 min
Fortune favors the bold. Or people willing to put up with a decade of junk. Or the best liars.
172-Norwegian Folklore: Adventure!
Feb 11 • 38 min
The story of the master thief
171-Indian Folklore: Love and Marriage
Feb 4 • 33 min
Three stories of love from India.
170B-Norse Sagas: On a Long Enough Timeline
Jan 28 • 47 min
The conclusion of the saga of Grettir, where he fights trolls, outlaws, bounty hunters, witches, and, most dangerously, his tendency to screw up his own life.
170A-Norse Sagas: Good for Nothing
Jan 22 • 43 min
The aaga of Grettir the Strong, a Viking who’s his own worst enemy
169-1001 Nights: A Bottle of Djinn
Jan 14 • 41 min
Evil Genies, automatons, and magical rings abound when we revisit the stories from 1001 Nights!
168-Robin Hood: Team of Rivals
Jan 7 • 40 min
How to win friends and influence people and also get beat up a lot in the 12th century.
167-Nutcracker: Cracked
Dec 24, 2019 • 47 min
In a podcast full of problematic and wildly different original tellings of popular adaptations, this might be the most different and most problematic. It’s the original tale of the nutcracker.
166-Grimm Brothers: The Dark Forest
Dec 17, 2019 • 39 min
Two (originally children’s) tales that underscore the shocking brutality of the world in which these stories were told.
165-Greek Myths: A Tangled Web
Dec 10, 2019 • 43 min
Four stories from Greek mythology: Arachne and Athena, Pandora’s box, the great flood of the ancient Greek world, and the love story of Idas and Marpessa.
Supplemental: Lady White Snake Conclusion
Dec 9, 2019 • 10 min
The conclusion to the story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian
164B-Lady White Snake: Enlighten Me
Dec 3, 2019 • 34 min
The legend of Lady White Snake continues with a packed episode. There are magical (if not wholly unexpected) resurrections, crustacean armies, Doctor Strange ripoffs, and that’s just in the first half.
164A-Chinese Legends: Here I Go Again
Nov 26, 2019 • 36 min
The legend of the White Snake is one of the four great folktales of China. Today, we start that with an act of kindness, demons lurking in the places we can’t look, and a (misguided?) monk hoping to bring justice.
163-Hansel and Gretel: Crumble
Nov 19, 2019 • 37 min
The wonderfully ridiculous and surprisingly human original story of Hansel and Gretel
162-47 Ronin: Wanderers
Nov 12, 2019 • 39 min
47 warriors lead one of the greatest (true) revenge stories ever told.
161-Japanese folklore: Karma
Nov 5, 2019 • 35 min
The stories of a lost dumpling and two young people finding love among the ashes.
160-Halloween Special: Lurking
Oct 29, 2019 • 39 min
On our annual Halloween special, it’s a supposedly true story of a string of killings and something lurking in the dark forest
159-Rip Van Winkle: Bad Dad
Oct 22, 2019 • 33 min
The story of the fictional protagonist you never knew you hated
158-Agamemnon: Fate Proceeds
Oct 15, 2019 • 33 min
We’re back on the boat to the Trojan War and Agamemnon has a problem. It’s a problem he can solve, he just doesn’t want to.
157-Jack the Giant Killer: Giant Problems
Oct 8, 2019 • 34 min
Jack is back and ready to do what he does best, and who is along for the ride? King Arthur’s teenage son.
156-Italian Folklore: Clever Girl
Oct 1, 2019 • 39 min
The stories of Costanza/Costanzo, the youngest daughter of the king of Thebes, who sets out to find her way in the world, and Molly Whuppie, the young orphan girl who battled giants.
155-Fairy Tales: The Pearl
Sep 24, 2019 • 40 min
Two stories of terrible parenting, one from Scandinavia, and the other from Naples
154B-Viking Legends: The Army of the Dead
Sep 17, 2019 • 37 min
Hrolf Kraki, the Viking king of Denmark, sets out to avenge his father and fight way too many mythological creatures
154A-Viking Legends: Family Business
Sep 10, 2019 • 40 min
Part one of the story of Hrolf Kraki, legendary Viking king, and his twelve berserkers
153-Odysseus: The Angry One
Sep 3, 2019 • 39 min
The lives of Odysseus, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Clytemnestra, and Penelope before the event that would make them all famous: the Trojan War.
152-King Arthur: When in Rome
Aug 27, 2019 • 34 min
Things are going great for Arthur and the gang…until some guys from Rome show up and tell him the rent is due.
151B-Faust: The Bad Place
Aug 20, 2019 • 39 min
Faust takes his magical powers he got from his deal with the devil, and decides to really live it up for the time he has left. Unfortunately, that time is waning.
151A-Faust: A Man of Wealth and Taste
Aug 13, 2019 • 34 min
Doctor Faust makes an ill-conceived deal with the devil. Hijinks ensue.
150B-European Epics: Where the Shadows Lie
Aug 6, 2019 • 35 min
From the end of the world to the underworld and Armageddon itself, Kalevipoeg does way too many things
150A-European Epics: King Me
Jul 30, 2019 • 31 min
Giants flying on eagles, warriors fighting sorcerers, and a young man in search of his destiny.
149-Japanese Fairy Tales: Son of a Peach
Jul 16, 2019 • 40 min
The stories of Momotaro and the Inch-high Samurai
148B-Monkey King: Leaps and Bounds
Jul 9, 2019 • 38 min
The Handsome Monkey King is getting too powerful. There are beings in the universe who do not like that, and they’re about to pay him a visit.
148A-Monkey King: Good Little Monkey
Jul 2, 2019 • 38 min
From Chinese legend, a monkey becomes a king and, deciding that isn’t good enough, challenges the gods themselves
147B-Antigone: Authority
Jun 25, 2019 • 33 min
Antigone battles an authoritarian state in the form of her uncle, Creon.
147A-Oedipus: Team Spear It
Jun 18, 2019 • 36 min
Oedipus’s family just found out it’s way more related than they thought…and things are somehow about to get worse.
146-Scandinavian Folklore: Twinning
Jun 11, 2019 • 35 min
The story of Tatterhood, her goat, and her spoon
145-Achilles: The Age of Heroes
Jun 4, 2019 • 43 min
The origin story of Achilles as we get closer to the Trojan War
144-Viking Legends: The Old Gods and the New
May 28, 2019 • 37 min
A Viking guest, named Guest, has a story to tell.
143-Japanese Folktales: Crabby
May 21, 2019 • 37 min
We learn some helpful life lessons from a monkey and a crab
142B-Rome: Politics
May 14, 2019 • 37 min
Romulus and Remus strike off on their own with a lot of weapons and zero leadership experience
142A-Rome: Glory
May 7, 2019 • 31 min
The birth of Romulus and Remus and the mythical founding of Rome
141C-Robin Hood: On Brand
Apr 30, 2019 • 40 min
Things are about as bad as they can get for Robin Hood and his band
141B-Robin Hood: The Hunted
Apr 23, 2019 • 34 min
The hunter has become the hunted.
141A-Robin Hood: Merry
Apr 16, 2019 • 34 min
The beginning of Robin Hood’s epic tale
140-La Llorona: No Way Out
Apr 9, 2019 • 32 min
If you hear her weeping, it might already be too late. This week, it’s a deep dive into the stories behind La Llorona, the weeping woman from Latin American folklore.
139B-Irish Legends: Evitable
Apr 2, 2019 • 39 min
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…
139A-Irish Legends: The Hound
Mar 26, 2019 • 34 min
Cú Chulainn goes to fairyland to fight a demon horde.
138-Knights of the Round Table: Carl
Mar 19, 2019 • 33 min
Gawain and Kay take a road trip together and stay with a guy named Carl
137-Italian folklore: Tailor-made
Mar 12, 2019 • 34 min
Dionigi wants to be a wizard.
136-Pecos Bill: To the Moon and Back
Mar 5, 2019 • 39 min
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.
135C-Tristan and Isolde: Homecoming
Feb 26, 2019 • 51 min
Tristan and Isolde have been caught, and they now face the consequences of their actions
135B-Tristan and Isolde: Secrets
Feb 19, 2019 • 39 min
The love potion makes everyone’s lives more complicated
135A-Tristan and Isolde: Matchmaker
Feb 12, 2019 • 37 min
Dragon fights, love and betrayal, and wine on a boat: the story of Tristan and Isolde is here.
134-Grimm: Thirsty
Feb 6, 2019 • 38 min
The story of the goose girl from the Grimm brothers
133-Filipino folklore: Monkey Business
Jan 22, 2019 • 33 min
The surprisingly brutal story of Monkey and Turtle
132B-Trojan War: Some Foolish Thing
Jan 16, 2019 • 37 min
Paris meets Helen, and the fates of thousands are sealed
132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come
Jan 9, 2019 • 36 min
The Trojan War started long before the Greeks sailed east.
131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family
Jan 2, 2019 • 36 min
We continue the origin stories of the Olympians
131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal
Dec 26, 2018 • 37 min
The origin stories of the Olympians
130C-Jungle Book: An Old War
Dec 18, 2018 • 33 min
Mowgli is in hiding after the showdown at Council Rock, but Shere Khan is coming.
130B-Jungle Book: The Strength of the Pack
Dec 11, 2018 • 32 min
Mowgli and his friends fight for their lives
130A-Jungle Book: Welcome to the Jungle
Dec 4, 2018 • 36 min
A child is rescued, and he changes the jungle forever
129B-Persian mythology: Champions
Nov 28, 2018 • 38 min
Rostam searches for his king in the land of demons
129A-Persian Mythology: The Mammoth that Rides
Nov 20, 2018 • 35 min
The story of Rostam from Iranian mythology
128-Irish folklore: Give Him the Finger
Nov 13, 2018 • 41 min
A genre savvy queen, brave heroes, and very drunk giants
127-Finnish Mythology: The Boy who Lived
Nov 6, 2018 • 40 min
We’re in Finland for a very dark, very cold story.
126-Wendigo: Hunger
Oct 30, 2018 • 33 min
The legend of the wendigo from Native American folklore
125-Norse Mythology: Bound
Oct 23, 2018 • 37 min
There’s trouble in Asgard, and Loki is on the case.
124-Greek Mythology: The Fall
Oct 16, 2018 • 44 min
The Centauromachy and Theseus in the Underworld
123-Dark Tower: Directions
Oct 9, 2018 • 34 min
A game turns dark as a child disappears. Her brothers will need to follow her to the dark tower.
122-Indian Folklore: Let it Be
Oct 2, 2018 • 32 min
A king really doesn’t like a prophecy about his family, so he takes fate into his own hands. It goes about as well as you’d think
121-Grimm Brothers: King of the Mountain
Sep 25, 2018 • 37 min
A merchant makes a deal…and things take a dark turn.
120B-Holy Grail: Beyond the Sea
Sep 18, 2018 • 37 min
The Grail comes to Britain
120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass
Sep 11, 2018 • 35 min
The Holy Grail. This is where it all begins.
119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening
Sep 4, 2018 • 33 min
The original story of Sleeping Beauty.
118-Jewish Folklore: The Eyrie
Aug 28, 2018 • 34 min
The story of a king who really doesn’t want to work…and an ancient secret that’s been hidden away.
117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?
Aug 21, 2018 • 38 min
A father makes a promise he can’t keep. It’s kind of not his fault, though. Being a new parent is super tiring.
116B-Mexican Legends: Outlaw Country
Aug 14, 2018 • 36 min
Joaquin Murrieta thinks he is unstoppable. He’s not wrong.
116A-Mexican Legends: Alta California
Aug 7, 2018 • 43 min
The legend of the famous wild west outlaw, Joaquin Murrieta
115-Chinese Folklore: Another Brick in the Wall
Jul 31, 2018 • 44 min
The story of Meng Jiangnu and the Great Wall
114B-Indian Stories: Heavy
Jul 24, 2018 • 37 min
The world has been quiet for centuries, but everyone knows that they will return. The demon kings. An ancient evil destined to be reborn a third and final time.
114A-Indian Stories: Calamity
Jul 17, 2018 • 35 min
The lives of Jaya and Vijaya
113-Armenian folklore: Occupational Hazard
Jul 11, 2018 • 42 min
The story of the a prince whose life is too awesome
112C-Pinocchio: Whale Jail
Jun 26, 2018 • 44 min
The end of Pinocchio
112B-Pinocchio: Nosey
Jun 19, 2018 • 36 min
Pinocchio part two, in which a lot of stuff happens to our little buddy, starting with him coming back to life.
112A-Pinocchio: No Strings Attached
Jun 12, 2018 • 43 min
The amazingly brutal original story of Pinocchio
111-Thumbelina: Sweet Summer Child
Jun 5, 2018 • 38 min
A fairy tale for children about a girl being born from a flower and trying to find love manages to contain kidnapping, death threats, crushing nihilism, and sleazy moles.
110-Viking Myths: Alone
May 29, 2018 • 44 min
Odin. Jotunheim. Shin Tinder. We’re back in Norse mythology with the legendary story of Hadingus
109-Athens: Home
May 23, 2018 • 54 min
The royal family of Athens. Dragon kings, bird princesses, and everything in between.
108-Tom Thumb: Thumbs Up
May 15, 2018 • 35 min
The story of a guy named Tom…who is as big as a thumb.
107B-Golem: To Dust You Shall Return
May 8, 2018 • 35 min
The golem of Prague and the Maharal’s final blood libel
Bonus-U.S. Folklore: Gaslighting
May 5, 2018 • 8 min
A bonus story this week from the southern United States. Thank you for helping Myths and Legends win a Webby!
107A-Golem: Guardian
May 1, 2018 • 35 min
The Golem of Prague, from Jewish legend.
106C-African Legends: Who Tells Your Story
Apr 25, 2018 • 34 min
The conclusion of the story of Sundiata
106B-African Legends: Bad Move
Apr 17, 2018 • 34 min
Djata’s life continues being difficult while a new evil rises in the north
106A-African Legends: Long Live the King
Apr 10, 2018 • 36 min
The story of Sundiata, the first ruler of the Mali empire
105B-Reynard: Ferocious Mr. Fox
Apr 3, 2018 • 33 min
Reynard the fox continues to make terrible, or brilliant, choices
105A-Reynard: Fox on the Run
Mar 27, 2018 • 37 min
The animal kingdom is a horrible, horrible place.
104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger
Mar 20, 2018 • 34 min
The battles of Horus and Set rage for 90 years along the Nile.
103-Middle Eastern Folklore: Shipshape
Mar 13, 2018 • 33 min
A story of witches, genies, male models, and angry cats
102-Charlemagne: Honor Among Thieves
Mar 6, 2018 • 32 min
The Holy Roman Emperor is on a mission from God…to steal a bunch of stuff from his neighbor
101-Fairy Tales: Three Dog Night
Feb 27, 2018 • 33 min
Stories of money problems from Denmark and Vietnam
100B-Knights of the Round Table: Family Reunion
Feb 20, 2018 • 50 min
Things get weird on Yvain and Gawain’s quest…well, weirder than usual.
100A-Knights of the Round Table: Buddy System
Feb 13, 2018 • 32 min
Sir Yvain and Sir Gawain go on a road trip (i.e. forced exile)
99-William Tell: One Shot
Feb 6, 2018 • 34 min
William Tell is so much more than an arrow and an Apple
98-Native American History: Runner in the Night
Jan 30, 2018 • 31 min
The true story of Gouyen, an Apache woman who would go to any lengths to bring her husband’s killer to justice
97-Jack and the Beanstalk: Sleeping Giant
Jan 23, 2018 • 38 min
Two Jacks that kill giants, but in very different ways
96-Russian Folklore: Cold as Ice
Jan 16, 2018 • 36 min
The Snow Maiden from Russian folklore and The Snow Child from European folklore. A lot of snow this week. It’s really cold here.
95B-Irish Legends: Finn the Human
Jan 9, 2018 • 40 min
A giant otherworldly monster that shoots fire from its mouth. The treacherous chief that killed his father. A super-smart fish dinner. We’re wrapping up the first part of the legend of Finn MacCool
95A-Irish legends: Wanted
Jan 2, 2018 • 35 min
The story of Finn MacCool, a legendary Irish warrior
Bonus-The Time Machine: Inspector Spacetime
Dec 29, 2017 • 44 min
Since we’re off this week, it’s a bonus episode from our other podcast, Fictional.
94-Norse Legends: A Very Viking Christmas
Dec 19, 2017 • 28 min
Grettir’s worse/best Christmas ever
93B-Theseus: Love and War
Dec 12, 2017 • 36 min
Theseus and the Amazons and the story of Hippolytus
93A-Amazons: Wonder Women
Dec 5, 2017 • 37 min
Zeus v. Typhon and the beginning of Theseus and the Amazons
92-Greek Myths: Gigantic
Nov 28, 2017 • 37 min
The Gigantomachy - the war with the giants in Greek mythology
91-Greek Myths: Fatherhood
Nov 21, 2017 • 35 min
The stories of Helios and Phaethon and that of the giant brothers, both from Greek mythology
90-Viking Legends: Mighty
Nov 14, 2017 • 41 min
The story of Thorstein Mansion-Might, the Viking who was bigger than doors.
89-Maui: The Mauiest Maui
Nov 7, 2017 • 34 min
Maui, as depicted in Maori folklore
88-Ragnarok: Doom
Oct 31, 2017 • 47 min
The end of Norse mythology
87-Werewolves: The Lost
Oct 24, 2017 • 37 min
Werewolves and La Llorona
86-Grimm: Clever
Oct 17, 2017 • 35 min
The story of Clever Hans being clever and the miller’s boy and the cat from the Grimm brothers.
85B-Slavic Folklore: Hold on to Your Hat
Oct 10, 2017 • 35 min
The conclusion of the dwarf with the long beard
85A-Slavic Folklore: For the Right Reasons
Oct 3, 2017 • 32 min
The story of a sleazy dwarf, a helpful horse, and all-you-can-eat cake
84-Famous Fairy Tales: Rule of Three
Sep 26, 2017 • 35 min
The three bears, the three little pigs, and an especially deranged version of Cinderella
83-Tale of Tales: Skin Deep
Sep 19, 2017 • 42 min
Two fairly strange (even by fairy tale standards) stories from medieval Italy.
82B-Arabian Nights: Show Me What You Got
Sep 12, 2017 • 34 min
Scheherazade keeps telling stories like her life depends on it. Because her life literally depends on it.
82A-Arabian Nights: I’ll Most Likely Kill You in the Morning
Sep 5, 2017 • 31 min
The unbelievable beginning to “One Thousand and One Nights”
81-Trolls: Breakups
Aug 30, 2017 • 33 min
A story from Scandinavian folklore about trolls
80B-Perseus: I’m Set Free
Aug 22, 2017 • 36 min
Perseus faces (but doesn’t face) Medusa and finds Andromeda chained to a rock
80A-Medusa: Golden Child
Aug 15, 2017 • 34 min
Perseus starts on the quest to slay Medusa…and it’s weird.
79-Odin: The War to Begin all Wars
Aug 8, 2017 • 39 min
We’re back in Norse mythology with stories of a war between the gods and Odin and the runes.
78-Egyptian Mythology: The Master Namer
Aug 1, 2017 • 34 min
Starting at the beginning of the universe and going to the beginning of the epic and mildly disturbing battles between Set and his nephew Horus
77-Romanian Folklore: Mrs. Piggy
Jul 25, 2017 • 37 min
A story from Romanian folklore about a (kind of) terrible prophecy, a (definitely) enchanted pig, and how far people will go for love.
76-Greek Myths: Lioness
Jul 18, 2017 • 40 min
Atalanta and the Calydonian Boar
75-Pecos Bill: Rider on the Storm
Jul 11, 2017 • 34 min
Pecos Bill rides the Tornado
74-Japanese Folklore: Do You Really Want to Live Forever?
Jul 4, 2017 • 29 min
Sentaro the Millionaire
73-Japanese Folklore: I will find you
Jun 27, 2017 • 43 min
The story of Tokoyo
72-Kelpie: Party Horse
Jun 20, 2017 • 39 min
The story of the Scottish sea horse
71C-Sinbad: There and Back and There and Back Again
Jun 13, 2017 • 45 min
Adventures 4-7
71B-Sinbad: Snake Eyes
Jun 6, 2017 • 38 min
Adventures 2-4
71A-Sinbad the Sailor: Venture
May 30, 2017 • 35 min
The first two adventures of Sinbad the Sailor
70-Ugly Duckling: Fowl Play
May 23, 2017 • 33 min
The surprisingly brutal original story of the ugly duckling
69-Midas: You Got the Touch
May 16, 2017 • 37 min
The Midas touch, Dionysus, and Apollo
68B-Morgan le Fay: Her Majesty
May 9, 2017 • 45 min
The conclusion of the Morgan le Fay series
68A-Morgan Le Fay: Get Thee to a Nunnery
May 2, 2017 • 34 min
Morgan Le Fay, enchantress.
67B-Gawain and the Green Knight: Head On
Apr 25, 2017 • 39 min
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
67A-Gawain: To the Dogs
Apr 18, 2017 • 44 min
A knight of the round table gets his start
66-Paul Bunyan: Truth in Advertising
Apr 11, 2017 • 33 min
Ridiculous stories are ridiculous.
65-Oedipus: Motherboy
Apr 4, 2017 • 43 min
Oedipus answers a riddle and some other stuff happens
64-Frog Prince: Warts and All
Mar 21, 2017 • 48 min
The frog prince and the frog princess
63-Puss in Boots: These Boots
Mar 14, 2017 • 34 min
A cat wearing boots. Because why not?
62-Thor: Hammer Time
Mar 7, 2017 • 36 min
Thor v. giants and Loki’s stupidity
61-Solomon: One Ring
Feb 28, 2017 • 41 min
The Ring of Solomon and the Dragon of the North
60C-Beowulf: Unknowable but Certain
Feb 21, 2017 • 35 min
Beowulf and the Dragon
60B-Beowulf: The Depths
Feb 14, 2017 • 32 min
Beowulf v. Grendel’s Mother
60A-Beowulf: I’m Kind of a Big Deal
Feb 8, 2017 • 33 min
Beowulf and Grendel
59-Greek Myths: The Violence of Our Ancestors
Feb 1, 2017 • 45 min
Persephone, Tantalus, and the curse of the house of Atreus
58-Native American Folklore: Monster
Jan 24, 2017 • 30 min
Monster Skunk farting everyone to death
57-Japanese Fairy Tales: Faithful
Jan 17, 2017 • 33 min
The White Butterfly and the Lazy Monk
56-Nepali Folklore: Hope You Guess My Name
Jan 11, 2017 • 32 min
The story of the old nanny goat
55-Grimm: My (Bird) Heart Will Go On
Jan 3, 2017 • 30 min
Donkey Cabbages from the Grimm Brothers
54C-Gilgamesh: Dust
Dec 27, 2016 • 44 min
The Great Flood
54B-Gilgamesh: Huge
Dec 20, 2016 • 33 min
Gilgamesh & Enkidu fight Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven
54A-Gilgamesh: Did We Just Become Best Friends?
Dec 14, 2016 • 31 min
The story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu
53-African Folklore: Crocodile Tears
Dec 6, 2016 • 36 min
Thakane the dragon slayer
52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame
Nov 30, 2016 • 40 min
Narcissus, Echo, and Orpheus
51-Loki: Them Apples
Nov 22, 2016 • 35 min
Loki, Baldr, and uncomfortable games of tug-of-war
50-Dracula: Bad Blood
Nov 15, 2016 • 38 min
Vampires, Vlad the Impaler, and the fictional Dracula
49-Russian Folklore: I Pity the Fool
Nov 8, 2016 • 38 min
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
48-Snow White: Killer Queen
Nov 1, 2016 • 37 min
Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Bluebeard
47-Urban Legends: In the Dark
Oct 25, 2016 • 29 min
Some contemporary urban legends.
46D-Jason and the Argonauts: Scorned
Oct 18, 2016 • 39 min
The end of Jason and Medea
46C-Jason and the Argonauts: The Long Way Home
Oct 11, 2016 • 41 min
Dragons, dangers at sea, and what happens when the make it back to Greece
46B-Jason and the Argonauts: MacGuffin
Oct 5, 2016 • 45 min
The Quest for the Golden Fleece
46A-Jason and the Argonauts: Some Assembly Required
Sep 27, 2016 • 41 min
Europa, Cadmus and the dragon, and, of course, Jason
45-Rumpelstiltskin: Let’s Make a Deal
Sep 20, 2016 • 43 min
Stories of deals from Japanese and European folklore
44-Saint George: Here Be Dragons
Sep 13, 2016 • 41 min
Thor, Apollo, and Saint George
43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland
Sep 6, 2016 • 40 min
Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber
42-Chinese Folklore (Cinderella): You Only Live Thrice
Aug 30, 2016 • 36 min
The oldest Cinderella stories, from Chinese folklore
41C-Lancelot: It’s Complicated
Aug 24, 2016 • 52 min
The Conclusion of the Lancelot story
41B-Lancelot: Promises to Keep
Aug 16, 2016 • 40 min
Lancelot and the Quest for Guinevere
41A-Lancelot: The Stolen Child
Aug 9, 2016 • 39 min
Lancelot and the Lady of the Lake
40-West African Folklore: Cold-blooded
Aug 2, 2016 • 40 min
Stories of a tricky turtle
39-Odin: In the Land of the Blind
Jul 27, 2016 • 41 min
The beginning of Norse mythology
38B-Korean Literature: Master of Two Worlds
Jul 13, 2016 • 48 min
Hong Gildong Conclusion
38A-Korean Literature: Crossing the Threshold
Jul 6, 2016 • 36 min
Hong Gildong
37-Hercules: The Best at What He Does
Jun 28, 2016 • 45 min
The Death of Hercules
36B-Pocahontas: Between Two Streams
Jun 22, 2016 • 61 min
Pocahontas and John Smith
36A-Pocahontas: The Empire Business
Jun 14, 2016 • 50 min
The story of John Smith and Pocahontas
35-Beauty and the Beast: Prisoners
Jun 8, 2016 • 51 min
The Original Beauty and the Beast
34-Greek Mythology: Uphill Battle
May 31, 2016 • 44 min
Sisyphus and Bellerophon
33-Ali Baba: Inheritance
May 18, 2016 • 42 min
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
32-Tricksters: Wager
May 10, 2016 • 40 min
Coyote, Anansi, and Loki
31B-Viking Sagas: Face-off
May 3, 2016 • 58 min
The conclusion of the saga of Arrow-Odd
31A-Viking Sagas: Odd Man Out
Apr 26, 2016 • 43 min
The Saga of Arrow-Odd
30-Latin American Folklore: Unbreakable
Apr 19, 2016 • 36 min
The story of Crystal the Wise
29-Grimm: Upward Mobility
Apr 12, 2016 • 47 min
Rapunzel and the Brave Little Tailor
28-Prometheus: Adamantine
Apr 5, 2016 • 41 min
Prometheus the Titan and the Titanomachy
27C-King Arthur: The Errant Knight
Apr 5, 2016 • 51 min
The Story of Balin and the Dolorous Stroke
27B-King Arthur: Mayday
Mar 23, 2016 • 43 min
The King Arthur legend, from the Questing Beast to Balin
27A-King Arthur: The Violence Inherent in the System
Mar 16, 2016 • 38 min
King Arthur, from the sword in the stone to the Questing Beast
26-Japanese Fairy Tales: Wisdom
Mar 8, 2016 • 36 min
Two stories from Japanese folklore
25-Dragons: This is Where You Get to Make it Right
Mar 2, 2016 • 31 min
The Lambton Worm
24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer
Feb 23, 2016 • 28 min
Norse mythology, like all mythology, is strange. Thor’s hammer is gone. It was stolen…or he just left it somewhere and forgot about it. To get it back, though, he’s going to have to do something more difficult than fighting legions of giants.
23-Cupid and Psyche: Burned
Feb 16, 2016 • 37 min
The odd love story of Cupid and Psyche
22C-Irish Legends: The Spoils of War
Feb 9, 2016 • 49 min
A double-sized episode with the whole epic and slightly-ridiculous story of a cattle raid that ended up taking way longer than it should have. It involves a young man hulking out numerous times, several creative ways to kill your opponent in single com.
22B-Irish Legends: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry
Feb 2, 2016 • 33 min
Queen Medb, King Ailil, and Fergus make their way into Ulster while the army is crippled by feeling as if they are going into labor. Only one man, barely out of childhood himself, can stand against the invaders and protect his people until they are abl…
22A-Irish Legends (The Tain): Red Ledger
Jan 26, 2016 • 33 min
Starting an epic string of legends from Celtic folkore. We’re back in the time of kings, princesses, and intrigue. You’ll see how you can steal a kingdom with fancy accounting, curse a nation because of a careless comment,
21-Frozen/The Snow Queen: Fearful Symmetry
Jan 19, 2016 • 40 min
It’s the original story of the Snow Queen, more commonly known as the source material for the hyper-popular Disney movie named “Frozen”. The original, though, is incredibly different, and contains much more violence, kidnapping,
20-Korean Folklore: Prayers
Jan 12, 2016 • 35 min
The kumiho, from Korean folklore
19-Native American Folklore: Skeletons
Jan 5, 2016 • 28 min
The first episode of much-requested Native American folklore has giants, ghosts, anthropomorphic coyotes, jilted lovers, and the reason for why the tick got so flat. Because you’ve always wondered how the wood tick got to be so flat.
18-St. Nick: Rusty Chains and Candy Canes
Dec 23, 2015 • 32 min
The story behind the transition from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus is one that includes murder, priest-punching, and ominous, demonic-looking companions. This episode looks at the legends behind an austere bishop who has been transformed into a magical…
17C-Theseus: I Volunteer as Tribute
Dec 15, 2015 • 35 min
The final chapter in the story of Theseus, the Minotaur, and all the other people that have gotten swept up in this drama spanning decades. We’ll learn exactly what the Delphic Oracle meant by her prophecy,
17B-Icarus and Daedalus: A Portrait of the Artificer as a Young Man
Dec 8, 2015 • 34 min
The story of Daedalus and Icarus
17A-Theseus: It’s Dangerous to go Alone!
Dec 1, 2015 • 28 min
Theseus and the Labyrinth Part 1
16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Nov 17, 2015 • 38 min
The story of a young woman, her magic doll, and a witch who may be the most terrifying - or the most ridiculous - person you’ve ever seen. You’ll also see that you should definitely not trust a gift from a witch.
15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf
Nov 10, 2015 • 41 min
In this Russian Fairy Tale from the same collections as the stories of Koschei the Deathless, we find a prince who goes on a quest for the firebird. This leads us into a Russian nesting quest situation, where he ends up on a quest-within-a-quest-within…
13B-Ragnar Lodbrok: Why’d it have to be Snakes?
Nov 3, 2015 • 37 min
The end of the saga of this legendary king has Viking battles, magic cows, and a long con to take over England. Ragnar’s poor planning when it comes to cementing his legacy blows up in his face, and we catch up with Aslaug,
14-Doppelgangers: Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night
Oct 28, 2015 • 37 min
People throughout history, before they died, have seen something…strange. They have seen ghostly doubles haunting their steps, foretelling their doom. These things are called doppelgängers, and while they mean something different now - basically some..
13A-Ragnar Lodbrok: The Beggar King
Oct 21, 2015 • 34 min
The legendar Viking Ragnar Lodbrok
12-Pig-faced Women: Citation Needed
Oct 14, 2015 • 25 min
The weird story of pig-faced ladies
11-Japanese Fairy Tales: Key Details (Urashima Taro, The Boy Who Drew Cats)
Oct 7, 2015 • 34 min
Two stories from Japanese folklore
10B-Hercules: Labor Intensive
Sep 30, 2015 • 38 min
Labors 3-12 of Hercules
10A-Hercules: Going into Labor
Sep 23, 2015 • 35 min
The origin and labors of Hercules
9-Dogs and Wolves: Generations (Fenrir, The Black Dog, Dog King of Denmark, Gelert)
Sep 16, 2015 • 32 min
Instead of one long story, this week I’m telling four stories about canines from folklore from all around the world. We’ll go back to the Norse gods and goddesses where Loki will make more poor choices. Then I’ll talk about the legend of the black dog …
8-Merlin: Call of the Wyllt
Sep 9, 2015 • 13 min
A short supplemental on one of the inspirations for Merlin, a man named Myrddin the Wyllt, a Welsh warrior bard who went insane after seeing his friends die on the battlefield and ran off to a life in the forest.
7-Little Mermaid: Cry with the Saints
Sep 2, 2015 • 30 min
The real story of the Little Mermaid is way more violent and grim than the Disney version, and does not have a happy ending. It’s the story of a teenage mermaid who falls in love with a human and makes a deal to get legs,
6C-King Arthur: How I Met Your Mother
Aug 26, 2015 • 34 min
Wrapping up this current run of King Arthur episodes, we find a kingdom in shambles. We’ll see the final(ish..for now at least) battle between the Saxons and the Britons, and then the rule of King Arthur’s uncle and father.
6B-Merlin: What’s Red, White, and Fighting All Over
Aug 19, 2015 • 30 min
This is where we meet Merlin, a son of a demon who uses his evil powers for good. But he’s not yet the bearded sorcerer we all kind of know and love. No, he first enters our story as a serious seven year-old with power over magic,
6A-King Arthur Prologue: The Once and Really Only that One Time King
Aug 12, 2015 • 31 min
The King Arthur legends don’t actually start with Arthur, but with several years of war, intrigue, and betrayal among the Britons, and a slippery earl by the name of Vortigern not-so-subtly engineering the deaths of two kings to become king himself.
5B-Slavic Folklore: The First Horcrux
Aug 5, 2015 • 32 min
As it turns out, Koschei the Deathless is very, very hard to kill, a fact one could probably guess from his name. This episode explores his tragic origins, as well as the ludicrously complex way he’s hidden his soul (a Russian nesting doll situation th…
5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died
Jul 29, 2015 • 36 min
In this story of a dangerous magician from Russian folklore, you’ll learn that you should maybe believe your spouse if she says you definitely don’t want to know what’s behind that door in the dungeon. It’s the bizarre, sad,
4-Mulan: A Likely Hero
Jul 22, 2015 • 27 min
The story of Mulan, the woman who took her aging father’s place in the army, does not mean what you think it means. The original character is almost completely awesome and very different from many retellings. Unfortunately,
3E-Vikings: The Debt is Paid
Jul 15, 2015 • 33 min
The final chapter of the Saga of the Volsungs follows Sigurd as he finds that navigating relationships with the in-laws is way, way more hazardous than fighting a dragon. He finds the famliy he never had, but generations of betrayal and murder finally ..
3D-Vikings: Blood of the Dragon
Jul 1, 2015 • 28 min
Part four and the penultimate episode in the Saga of the Volsungs, the story of a legendary Norse family finds Sigurd riding with his Vikings in an attempt to reclaim his father’s kingdom. Then, there’s a fight with the dragon, Fafnir,
3C-Vikings: Renewed shall be Blade that was Broken
Jun 24, 2015 • 27 min
You can clearly see J.R.R. Tolkien’s inspiration in this episode, what with that cursed ring finally making an appearance, a legendary sword reforged, and a selfish psychopath of a dragon sitting atop a pile of gold.
3B-Vikings: All that Hate’s Gonna Burn You Up
Jun 18, 2015 • 25 min
The Saga of the Volsungs continues, with a princess held captive by the man who killed her father, and her brother roaming the forest waging a covert guerrilla war…or just robbing people for the fun of it? There are berserker werewolves,
3A-Vikings: The Norse and the Furious, Bredi’s Drift
Jun 3, 2015 • 30 min
Swords, dragons, werewolves, Vikings, betrayal, and revenge are all hallmarks of the thrilling, yet little known, Saga of the Volsungs, the story of an ill-fated medieval Nordic family. One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first Nordic reads, it’s a tale of honor,
2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems
May 27, 2015 • 30 min
In the conclusion of the original Aladdin story, there’s the meteoric rise of Aladdin, who is definitely not using magic to do any of this. Really. Will people just stop asking him that, already? I mean, so what if he made the most magnificent palace i..
2A-Aladdin: The Magician’s Nephew
May 20, 2015 • 24 min
The story of a poor man who finds a being of unlimited power, and not only uses it to put food on the table, but goes a little farther to take over the kingdom and become the richest man alive. It’s the original story of Aladdin,
1C-Knights of the Round Table: The Lion Knight Rises
May 13, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode, you’ll see that you should definitely interfere if you see two apex predators fighting to the death in the wilderness. We’ll finish the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur’s court, as he (mostly) sees the error in his ways and (mos…
1B-Knights of the Round Table: You’re So Yvain
May 6, 2015 • 17 min
This week, we’re continuing the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur’s court who we left in a very bad spot. He’ll find an ally within the castle walls, get a magic ring, and try to find a way to hold out,
1A-Knights of the Round Table: Yvainglory
Apr 30, 2015 • 16 min
This week on the Myths and Legends podcast, I’ll introduce the show and discuss what it’ll be about. Then, we’ll start right in on the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur’s court who’ll show that by being a huge jerk to nearly everyone you’ll ge
Myths and Legends Trailer
Apr 27, 2015 • 0 min
A little bit about what to expect when you listen to Myths and Legends.