Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends

United Kingdom

Telling the stories that have shaped our world

Episodes

53-African Folklore: Crocodile Tears  

The story of a dragon slayer from South Africa has, of course, dragons, but it also has giant towers, underwater villages, and a frog who is just trying to have a nice dinner with his family without all the insults, thank you very much.

The creature this week is the world-famous Leprechaun. You should definitely not let him hold your baby.

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Music:

"Scape from the city" by Rolemusic

"Peter Gray" by Podington Bear

"Manele" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Haena" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Front Runner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Fives" by Podington Bear

"Chain Link" Blue Dot Sessions

52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame  

Two love stories from Greek mythology...because those go so well. The first is the story of Narcissus and Echo, which was doomed from the moment one jumped out of the bushes at the other for a non-consensual hug. The second story is of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus takes the (non-death) early retirement option from his heroics and just when he thought he was out...they pull him back in.

DO NOT LOOK THE CREATURE THIS WEEK IN THE EYE.

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Submerging Blue-Black" by Podington Bear

"Pop Brasilia" by Podington Bear

"Night Light" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Formant" by Podington Bear

"Filesharer's Lament" by Blanket Music

"Euphoric" by Podington Bear

"Bitter Roll" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere

"Waltz Ohia" by Fields Ohio

51-Loki: Them Apples  

Three stories of Loki, the infamous trickster from Norse mythology. Most of his hijinks are light-hearted, and end with him getting his comeuppance, but it comes in the form of being a bridesmaid at Thor's wedding or (as in this episode) an extremely uncomfortable game of tug-of-war. What happens when a trick gets taken too far? What is the final act that turns friends into enemies and creates a rift that will consume the worlds?

The creatures this week are squat hairy naked dudes. Again. These ones are watching their sodium intake, though.

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50-Dracula: Bad Blood  

Dracula isn't a creature from myths, legends, or folklore. The fictional vampire is a product of Bram Stoker. The name, though, stretches back centuries to a prince who ruled the kingdom called Wallachia, which borders the land with which he's most famously associated: Transylvania. We'll be talking all about the pseudo-legendary exploits of the real bloody tyrant, the bizarre rules surrounding fictional vampires, and the inspirations for the most famous vampire novel of all time.

If you see your significant other on the roof scraping moss, you should just eat the soup they make you even if it makes you vomit.

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New show!

Our new show is Career Day. The jobs, lives, and stories of everyday people, every other Tuesday. It's an awesome show and we're really excited about it, so please check it out if it sounds cool.

On iTunes: http://itunes.careerdayshow.com

Online: http://www.careerdayshow.com

The feed (to copy and paste in any player): http://careerdayshow.libsyn.com/rss

 

Music:

"Watermark" by Blue Dot Sessions 

"Independent Film" by Steve Combs

"Scalloped" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Calendar Spread" by Blue Dot Sessions

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

"Support Me in this Moment that I'm About to Lose Heart" by Nihilore

"Studie I" by Jahzzar

"Aisles" by Jahzzar

49-Russian Folklore: I Pity the Fool  

The unexpected story of a fool, an epic quest, and a flying ship. Also, why you should respect your elders, especially if they want to give you a lot of free bread and vodka.

The creature is the Lake Worth Monster, from Texas in the US. It is either a monstrous man-goat-fish...or a teenager who likes ice cream.

NEW SHOW!!

We are super-proud of Career Day, so please check it out and subscribe on iTunes: http://apple.co/2fn0xK8

Here's the website: http://www.CareerDayShow.com

Here's Stitcher: http://stitcher.careerdayshow.com

Or just search for "Career Day" on your podcast app!

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48-Snow White: Killer Queen  

The original stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White, despite their Disney adaptations and being fairy tales largely told to children, are incredibly violent and gruesome. They have murder, kidnapping, and, of course, hot dance moves. Bluebeard is, unsurprisingly, a man with a beard that is blue. What is surprising is what you'll find in his basement.

The creature is from West Africa and will either sit you down for a months-long compulsory lecture on folklore...or drain your blood with its feet and eat you. I'm not sure which is worse.

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Music:

"Time Waste" by Podington Bear

"The Last Whale" by Jelsonic

"Seasong" by Jelsonic

"Kingbeat 9" by Podington Bear

"I'm Fat" by Blanket Music

"I Noticed You" by Blanket Music

"Dizzy Spells - Instrumental" by Josh Woodward

"Backdrop" by Blanket Music

"Leave Me on the Subs Bench" by Keshco

"Summer Days" by Keshco

47-Urban Legends: In the Dark  

For this Halloween episode, we are doing something different. Instead of diving into the stories of the past, I’m telling stories of the present. Urban legends are a more modern version of folklore where, instead of telling stories of hydras and butter cats, we tell stories of things that might just exist. In these, people are the true monsters, and the most mundane of situations can be strange, dangerous, and terrifying.

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Music:

“Independent Film” by Steve Combs

“A Certain Lightness” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Aisatsana” by Graham Bole

“Trap” by Jahzzar

“Bravado” by Gurdonark

“Direct To Video” by Chris Zabriskie

 

 

46D-Jason and the Argonauts: Scorned  

The end of the story of Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts. Things have been pretty easy for Jason. Medea solved all of his problems before he even knew he had them on the Argo, and her fairly violent murder-by-proxy of Pelias secured Iolcus for Jason's father. It would probably be a very bad idea to cheat on Medea, right? Hard times are about to catch up with Jason.

The creature of the week is the selkie, and they will either give you a tragically beautiful story to tell your half-seal children, or curse your entire island...depending on how creepy you are.

Links I talked about:

The selkie movie, "Song of the Sea": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865505/

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"Medea" by Euripides: http://a.co/hWck30M

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Music:

"On Belay" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gentle Heart" by Podington Bear

"Floating in Space" by Podington Bear

"Ember" by Podington Bear

"Bright and Blank" by Blue Dot Sessions

"I Believe in You" by Lee Rosevere

"Themes from Penguins on Parade" by Lee Rosevere

"Thaw (Outro)" by Kai Engel

"Solitude" by Jahzzar

"Curtains are Always Drawn" by Kai Engle

46C-Jason and the Argonauts: The Long Way Home  

It finally comes time to fight the dragon, (hopefully) survive the return journey home, and have the showdown with Pelias. This is a big episode. If you've made it this far in the series, though, it probably doesn't matter what I write here, because you are either into the Argonaut story or not. Really, though, it is a cool episode and there are about three twist murders, a wedding, and a king with a great name.

The creature is the sea-trow, shockingly dumb and frightfully ugly, you might be offended by his pranks...if they made any sense...

Want to say hi on Twitter? I'm http://www.twitter.com/jasontheweiser

Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4251/jason-argonauts-long-way-home/

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Music:

"Free Radicals" by Podington Bear

"Darkling Skies" by Jelsonic

"Danse Morialta" by Kevin MacLeod

"Another Brilliant Age" by Jelsonic

"Anniversary Song" by Blanket Music

"Wolf Dunes" by Fields Ohio

"And So Then" by Lee Rosevere

"The Secret to Growing Up" by Lee Rosevere

"Whispers Invoke Paranoia" by Nihilore

 

46B-Jason and the Argonauts: MacGuffin  

The quest for the golden fleece begins for the legendary heroes packed aboard the Argo. We find them making all haste for Colchis...except for all the times they stop to feast...and drink too much...and meet beautiful women...and get in unnecessary boxing matches. We also meet the princess Medea; catch up with Cupid (Eros), a hot-shot toddler who plays by his own rules; and Theseus will remember something very, very important.

The creature this week is a roaring, spectral bull...who isn't all that dangerous, just incredibly annoying.

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Music:

"The Terrarium" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Shifty Crow" by Podington Bear

"Peter Gray" by Podington Bear

"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Krok" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Jackbird" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Insurrection" by Podington Bear

"Inessential" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Hammer and Damper" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Galoshes" by Podington Bear

"Fives" by Podington Bear

"Dread" by Podington Bear

"Chopin - Mazurka Op 67 No 3" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Black Cosmos Ring" by Podington Bear

46A-Jason and the Argonauts: Some Assembly Required  

The beginning of the story of Jason and his legendary Argonauts doesn't start with Jason, but with Zeus being...well, Zeus, and kidnapping an unsuspecting woman. There is a dragon, a giant bronze robot, and court intrigue, leading to some familiar names coming back to help Jason travel to a faraway land and obtain the golden fleece. Those names include Hercules, Theseus, Laertes (father of Odysseus), Autolycus, Peleus (the father of Achilles), Augeus (with the legendarily dirty stables), and more. It's the biggest meetup of everyone we've met so far...well, everyone that isn't in Hades (Sisyphus) tied to a rock (Prometheus) or wandering blind through a plain (Bellerophon).

The creature looks so much like a normal person it's uncanny. I mean, he looks like a normal person once you get past his humorously big ears, nose, and hands. And his gray skin...that sometimes glows. Ok, he looks nothing like a normal person.

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Music:

"The Longshoreman" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Spell" by Rolemusic

"Poor Wayfaring Stranger" by Podington Bear

"One Dirty Sleeve" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Micolai" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Haena" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Discovery Harbor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Space (Outro)" by Andy G. Cohen

"Castle Theme" by Visager

45-Rumpelstiltskin: Let's Make a Deal  

Three stories of people making deals. The first is from Japanese folklore, and it's about making the most of what you have...even when what you have is a dirty piece of straw and a fly friend. The second story is about a man who made a deal with the devil...and all the stupid (maybe brilliant?) decisions he made after that deal. The third story is that of Rumpelstiltskin, a weird little imp that might have been a hero if he didn't insist on purchasing humans.

The creature of the week the poludnica, and she is looking out for you and your rights at work...violently.

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Music:

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Solemn Application" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Roscoe" by Podington Bear

"Micolai" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lost and Found" by Podington Bear

"Lope and Shimmer" by Podington Bear

"Lead Shroud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Giving Tree" by Podington Bear

"Denouement" by Podington Bear

"Bootstraps" by Podington Bear

"Bambi" by Podington Bear

 

44-Saint George: Here Be Dragons  

Three and a half stories of monsters of the ancient world. We meet vile beasts that lurk in the forests, the murky deep, and the wide, desolate places of the world. We meet the baby, the Thor, and the saints that slay them. We meet bears that can be bribed with cake. Folklore is weird.

The creature is a little blue person. I know it's a struggle to not play in barley fields after school. It's a temptation we all deal with every day. Just don't do it. It will end with you being eaten by a little blue monster. Also, don't sumo wrestle children in the street.

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The discussion post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4219/44-saint-george-dragons/

Music:

"Blammo" by Podington Bear

'Filesharer's Lament" by Blanket Music

"Manele" by Blue Dot Sessions

"McKrary" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Molasses" by Podington Bear

"Crush at Maracas Bar" by Rolemusic

"Showers" by Podington Bear

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland  

A story of a super-powered Russian hero fighting the evil, also super-powered villain known as Nightingale the Robber. Nightingale can fly, kill with a scream, and lives in the shadows of his forest. The journey will take our hero from home, through multiple stays with Baba Yaga(s), and finally into a confrontation with the legendary bandit on a quest to become the man he never thought he could be.

The creature this week is sweaty, hairy, and naked...and the only way you can beat it is by wrestling it.

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Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"What Does Anybody Know About Anything?" by Chris Zabriskie

"Denzel Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Zither Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rough Hewn" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Snowcrop" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Low Jack" by Podington Bear

"Kiss" by Podington Bear

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere

42-Chinese Folklore (Cinderella): You Only Live Thrice  

This week, it's two of the earliest Cinderella stories, one of which is the earliest written version of this type of story, pre-dating European versions by 1000 years. It has evil step-mothers, murderous step-sisters, and helpful cows who will vomit up your work and call you stupid.

Trying to grow a beard and keep your five-year-old from having dreadlocks? Then you do not want this week's creature hanging around your house.

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Music:

"Interstate 70 Rain Chants" by Fields Ohio

"Djangle" by Poddington Bear

"Vault" by Jahzzar

"I'm going for a coffee" by Lee Rosevere

"And So Then" by Lee Rosevere

"Slow Lights" by Lee Rosevere

"Third in Line" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tortoise Shell" by Podington Bear

41C-Lancelot: It's Complicated  

It's the conclusion of the Lancelot story, and we'll immediately pick up after last week's fairly cheap cliffhanger ending. He'll finally see the end of his quest... Either by plummeting to the choppy waters below...or by the lions on the other side of the sword...or the castle full of people who want to kill him on the other side of the lions.

The creature is the Tannarak, who just wants to date you or steal your child. It really does not care, which is fairly problematic.

The discussion post and the disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4180/41c-lancelot-complicated/

Link for the new show: https://www.mythpodcast.com/new-show-form/

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41B-Lancelot: Promises to Keep  

Things get weird on Lancelot's journey to become a knight of the Round Table...if Merlin trying to pick up a twelve-year-old last week wasn't strange enough. This week has ancient prophecies, a dangerous quest, a father and son stalker duo, kind of too much hair-smelling, and a sleazy innkeeper. Arthur has a particularly bad month, where his two closest friends turn in their resignations.

The creature this week will protect your kids...by kidnapping them?

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Music:

"Feldspar" by Poddington Bear

"Flute Feet" by Poddington Bear

"Hundy Mil Tight" by Poddington Bear

"Into the Unknown" by Poddington Bear

"One Quiet Conversation" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Outside the Terminal" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ray Gun Lull" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Provisions" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ants" by Rolemusic

41A-Lancelot: The Stolen Child  

We're back in the time of King Arthur, picking up right about where we stopped off last time (though you don't need to have heard last time to listen today). We'll be talking about the story of Lancelot - where this incredibly important character came from and why he's know as Lancelot of the Lake (spoiler alert, he grew up in a lake). Merlin gets weird, and we catch up with a certain lion-befriending knight that helped to kick off this whole podcast.

The creature is the bouncy bear who is basically a bullet-proof superhero...if all superheroes did was eat horses and sleep.

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Discussion post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4161/41a-lancelot-stolen-child/

Music:

"It's always too late to start over" by Chris Zabriskie

"Twelve Monkeys (Instrumental Version)" by Josh Woodward

"Black is the Color" by Poddington Bear

"Lone Road" by Poddington Bear

"Old Skin" by Poddington Bear

"Spinning Meter" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Rampart" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Two Boys and a Girl" by Poddington Bear

40-West African Folklore: Cold-blooded  

Five stories of a very savvy, completely unscrupulous turtle from Nigeria. He's a trickster we've met before, but he has an entire episode of semi-murderous turtle hijinks. Even though turtles are cute and seemingly harmless, they should not be trusted under any circumstances ever. You should also avoid going into business with them, when possible.

The creature this week is the hyosube, from Japanese folklore. He's a crazy little guy who will give you fevers for just being polite.

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All music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.

39-Odin: In the Land of the Blind  

Born in ice and fire, Norse mythology starts violently...and strangely. There's a blood ocean, a giant primeval cow, and some light grandpa murder. Thor and Loki take two kids on a field trip to Jotunheim, where, like any family vacation, Thor gets in a drinking contest and wrestles an old lady. Then, Odin travels to the far reaches of the void for wisdom and learns that he must pay a terrible price only to learn that the end, when the universe will once again be bathed in ice and fire, is coming.

The creature of the week is the sandman and you shouldn't let your kids listen to it, especially if it's right before bedtime. Basically, growing up in the middle ages was terrible and I don't know how anyone made it out without some severe psychological trauma.

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Music:

"Virality Ratio" by Steve Combs and Simon Mathewson

"Pilgrimage-initiation" by Wayne Kinos 

"The Origination" by Nihilore

All other music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions

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