Myths and Legends

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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http://www.mythpodcast.com
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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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-04-24 06:01
last episode published
2019-04-24 03:59
publication frequency
7.22 days
Contributors
Jason Weiser owner   author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
203
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Society & Culture Education History Higher Education Literature Arts

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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
24.04.2019 Myths and Legends

141B-Robin Hood: The Hunted

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...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
17.04.2019 Myths and Legends

141A-Robin Hood: Merry

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. ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
10.04.2019 Myths and Legends

140-La Llorona: No Way Out

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 ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
3.04.2019 Myths and Legends

139B-Irish Legends: Evitable

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 indi...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
27.03.2019 Myths and Legends

139A-Irish Legends: The Hound

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 ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
20.03.2019 Myths and Legends

138-Knights of the Round Table: Carl

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 ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
13.03.2019 Myths and Legends

137-Italian folklore: Tailor-made

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 re...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
6.03.2019 Myths and Legends

136-Pecos Bill: To the Moon and Back

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 coyo...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
27.02.2019 Myths and Legends

135C-Tristan and Isolde: Homecoming

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 tr...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
20.02.2019 Myths and Legends

135B-Tristan and Isolde: Secrets

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 i...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
13.02.2019 Myths and Legends

135A-Tristan and Isolde: Matchmaker

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 ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
6.02.2019 Myths and Legends

134-Grimm: Thirsty

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 has to face. Or, she tries. The creature is an balding, adorable werewolf with a love of fuzzy slippers. Sponsors: Robi...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
23.01.2019 Myths and Legends

133-Filipino folklore: Monkey Business

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 ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
16.01.2019 Myths and Legends

132B-Trojan War: Some Foolish Thing

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 ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
9.01.2019 Myths and Legends

132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come

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 in...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
2.01.2019 Myths and Legends

131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family

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 w...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
26.12.2018 Myths and Legends

131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal

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://casp...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
19.12.2018 Myths and Legends

130C-Jungle Book: An Old War

Mowgli is hiding among the humans to stay safe from Shere Khan after burning and shaming the tiger at the showdown at Council Rock. The problem? The tiger knows where Mowgli is, and he is coming for the man cub. The Myths and Legends store: https://sho...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
12.12.2018 Myths and Legends

130B-The Jungle Book: The Strength of the Pack

We catch up with Mowgli after he’s been tossed in a pit of cobras while his friends fight countless vicious monkeys outside. We’ll also see what Shere Khan has been up to for the past seven years…and what his plan is to finally get his claws into Mowgl...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
5.12.2018 Myths and Legends

130A-Jungle Book: Welcome to the Jungle

A boy is lost. A tiger hunts. The wolf pack takes on a new cub. The story of the Jungle Book begins -- Sponsors: Audible! Audible is my favorite way to listen to audiobooks. Go to http://www.audible.com/myths or text MYTHS to 500-500 to start your free...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
28.11.2018 Myths and Legends

129B-Persian mythology: Champions

Rostam embarks on his quest to free his king, taken captive in the land of the demons, where he'll not only have to free his stupid, stupid ruler and end the war, but embark on seven labors which will include: letting his horse do a lot of the heavy li...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
21.11.2018 Myths and Legends

129A-Persian Mythology: The Mammoth that Rides

The story of Rostam from the Shahnameh, an important book in Iranian Mythology. It starts out in a weird place, with a strange little Benjamin Button-type baby being raised by a mythological peacock dog, and only gets stranger, but it explores themes o...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
14.11.2018 Myths and Legends

128-Irish folklore: Give Him the Finger

A fairy tale from Ireland with a genre savvy queen who has one request for her husband: don't let his surely evil next wife get anywhere near her three sons. Of course, things don't really go as planned. The creature this week is hook girl! Don't bug h...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
7.11.2018 Myths and Legends

127-Finnish Mythology: The Boy who Lived

A story from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, about revenge, letting go, and moving on. Also why you shouldn't mess with babies that can whisper threats at three months old and survive way more things than you could. -- Sponsors: Check out http...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
31.10.2018 Myths and Legends

126-Wendigo: Hunger

On our annual Halloween episode, it's stories of a monstrous creature who stalks the north woods...and how they might be sitting right next to you. The creature is a vampire that's super scary...only it can't actually walk...and moreso bounces everywhe...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
24.10.2018 Myths and Legends

125-Norse Mythology: Bound

We're back in Norse Mythology. It's set before Ragnarok (obviously), and it's a story we never got to of Freyja, Odin, Loki, and four dwarves. Freyja makes a lot of new friends, and Loki gets completely out of control at a party and tells all the Aesir...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
17.10.2018 Myths and Legends

124-Greek Mythology: The Fall

Theseus has had a long and storied life, but now he faces his greatest challenge: after you've accomplished everything you set out to do and your name will live on for generations, what comes next?   The creature is the, impundulu environmentally-con...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
10.10.2018 Myths and Legends

123-Dark Tower: Directions

A game turns dark as a child disappears. Her brothers must follow her into a land that's like a mirror image of our own to get her back from the king who lives in the dark tower. Oh and also Merlin is barely any help at all. The creature this time is t...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
3.10.2018 Myths and Legends

122-Indian Folklore: Let it Be

A king fighting against fate. A young man surviving the impossible. A hermit reading the future from his toilet. This week, it's the long road to becoming who you were always meant to be. -- Sponsor: LinkedIn: Go to http://linkedin.com/myths and get $5...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
26.09.2018 Myths and Legends

121-Grimm Brothers: King of the Mountain

A man loses everything except for his children and his field, but it's while he's in that field with his children that he receives a visit from a mythological creature...and makes a deal that will change all of their lives forever. The creature of the ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
19.09.2018 Myths and Legends

120B-Holy Grail: Beyond the Sea

Seven people have been informed that they will be pivotal in the quest for the greatest holy object that has ever existed: the Holy Grail. First, they have to get it to England. That, of course, will involve angelic post-it notes, ships with ejector se...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
12.09.2018 Myths and Legends

120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

The Holy Grail: The greatest legendary item of all time and the focal point of the Arthurian legends. This is its origin. Beginning as the humble cup of a crucified savior, the Grail will take on legendary status. We'll see how it moved from Jerusalem ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
5.09.2018 Myths and Legends

119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening

It's the first written version of Sleeping Beauty, put down to paper in the 1600s by the Neapolitan writer Giambattista Basile. And it's horrifying.   The creature is elephant rat. It's an elephant whose also a rat sometimes. No big deal. Now move alo...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
29.08.2018 Myths and Legends

118-Jewish Folklore: The Eyrie

The king is annoyed. All of these people want to make him work. It's just...not fair. Sure, they're starving and about to riot in the streets, but actually showing up to work is really going to cut into his sitting around time. Unfortunately, he might ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
22.08.2018 Myths and Legends

117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?

This week, it's the fairy tale "Youth without Age and Life without Death", from Romania, a tale of love, loss, impossible quests, and acheiving your dreams. Also, why you shouldn't make idle promises to a kid that's just an hour old. It might end with ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
15.08.2018 Myths and Legends

116B-Mexican Legends: Outlaw Country

Joaquin is out of control. He is riding through town, doubling the rewards on his own wanted posters. He has cowed or killed anyone who has tried to stop him, and he thinks he is untouchable. He's not wrong, either. The only people who know his face ar...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
8.08.2018 Myths and Legends

116A-Mexican Legends: Alta California

It's 1850. The gold rush in the wild west, and Joaquin Murrieta seeks a better life in the US state of California, only recently taken from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. He tries to play by the rules and live by the laws, but everything keeps ge...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
1.08.2018 Myths and Legends

115-Chinese Folklore: Another Brick in the Wall

The story of Meng Jiangnu and the Great Wall is one of the four great folktales of China. It's the story of love, tyranny, and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost. If you like your evil creatures without any way to defeat them whatsoever,...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
25.07.2018 Myths and Legends

114B-Indian Stories: Heavy

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. Then, one day, a child is born. The parents rejoice, but only for a moment. There is someth...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
18.07.2018 Myths and Legends

114A-Indian Stories: Calamity

Three lifetimes, two guardians, one objective: get back home. In our long overdue first foray into stories from India, it's the story of Jaya and Vijaya, the gatekeepers to Vishnu's celestial abode and the fateful decision they made one day that would ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
11.07.2018 Myths and Legends

113-Armenian folklore: Occupational Hazard

The prince is having a bad day...because the prince is having a great day. His life is just too easy. Too awesome. He is suffering from too much luxury. It's definitely not because he's into a girl who doesn't like him back. Nope. Not at all. Ok, it to...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
27.06.2018 Myths and Legends

112C-Pinocchio: Whale Jail

It's the end for Pinocchio. We left him last week the lead suspect in a murder investigation (no, I'm not joking), and we'll catch up to him on the beach, facing the authorities as he stands over the body with the murder weapon in hand. Also a lot of o...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
20.06.2018 Myths and Legends

112B-Pinocchio: Nosey

I wouldn't really call Pinocchio ill-fated. That implies that it's undeserved, and it's definitely not. The little guy lies like it's a second language. Regardless, a lot happens to our little buddy in this episode, starting with him coming back from t...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
13.06.2018 Myths and Legends

112A-Pinocchio: No Strings Attached

Prison. Assassins. Marionette dance parties. The original story of Pinocchio has it all. Of course, you know of Pinocchio and Geppetto, but did you know that Geppetto, in order to get the wood to make Pinocchio, had to chew on an old man's wig? Or that...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
6.06.2018 Myths and Legends

111-Thumbelina: Sweet Summer Child

Thumbelina's life is already difficult. She lives in early modern Denmark and is no bigger than her mom's thumb. Oh, and also, everyone wants to marry her. And by everyone, I mean everyone. Frog moms want her to marry their sons and, somehow, the story...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
30.05.2018 Myths and Legends

110-Viking Myths: Alone

Odin. Jotunheim. Shin Tinder. We're (basically) back in Norse mythology with the legendary story of Hadingus, a Viking king that hates being king. We'll visit nearly half of the worlds in Norse mythology as we follow a spectacularly bad ancient Norse h...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
23.05.2018 Myths and Legends

109-Athens: Home

The city of Athens is one of the most famous of the ancient world and its royal family was plagued with, well, weirdness. Between the dragon kings and the bird people, you either had to be sure to trust no one, or to never go anywhere ever because the ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
16.05.2018 Myths and Legends

108-Tom Thumb: Thumbs Up

Tom Thumb is the story of a guy named Tom...who is as big as his dad's thumb. A practical joke by a wizard, Tom went on to become Sir Thomas Thumb, the greatest knight in the realm, but not before becoming indigestion for a giant, a raven's canker sore...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
9.05.2018 Myths and Legends

107B-Golem: To Dust You Shall Return

It's quiet. Too quiet. It has been years since the last blood libel and the Jewish community in Prague is starting to relax. Then, the Maharal receives a sign from God a few days before Passover, letting him know that the danger is far from over. On th...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
5.05.2018 Myths and Legends

Bonus-U.S. Folklore: Gaslighting

As a way to say thank for voting for Myths and Legends for the Webbys (and for being the reason why we won!), we wanted to share an additional story this week. It's from the southern United States, and it was originally an episode on the Myths and Lege...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author