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.
212-Armenian Folklore: Witchy Woman
An awesome story about a young king who wants to do the impossible! And the ill-advised! And, frankly, makes a kind of stupid choice to go into the murder forest that took the lives of his father and six consecutive brothers.
211-Aeneid: Troy Story
The Aeneid, by Virgil, is one of the great world epics. Inspired by, and modeled after, the Odyssey, it's the story of Aeneas's journey from burning Troy to found the Roman empire, and all bleeding ground, sad Cyclopes, and bellybutton-wolves he encounters along the way.
210-Russian Legends: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere
The story of Dobrynya the dragon slayer from Russian folklore is the tale of a young man finding his heroic destiny, from magical hats to skinny dipping and dancing with baby dragons. Sorry, did I say dancing *with* baby dragons? I meant dancing *on* baby dragons.
209C-Viking Legends: Black Widow
Kjartan and Gudrun were always meant to be together, but when the former gets waylaid in a foreign kingdom with a beautiful princess, the latter needs to make other plans. Of course, she accepts the proposal of their mutual best friend, sparking a love triangle that could prove deadly.
209B-Viking Legends: Time and Tide
Continuing these Viking legends, we'll see how a deep V can get you in deep trouble, and if at first you don't succeed in keeping your spouses alive, try, try again. And again. And again. And again.
209A-Viking Legends: Bloodlines
The beginning of an Icelandic saga with cursed swords, Viking love triangles, and why throwing stinky socks at a person whose only desire is to punch you in the face is a terrible idea.
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It’s why Wed is my favorite day of the week
Besides the excellent writing, interesting mix of topics, and meticulous voice acting +sound design, what I really love is how it makes learning interesting and effortless.
Besides covering the basic mythos, we’re treated to tidbits of history, culture and context in relation to other similar myths. All of this combined makes for a highly entertaining listen that makes you feel smarter without you needing to try.
I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who loves learning about mythology and folklore!
my go-to bedtime stories
i love the writing! the stories are all adapted very well to be engaging, entertaining, and educational. the simple (easily digestible) language lets me get carried away with the imagery, and it helps me sleep on nights when that’s tough. wish i was able to support in bigger ways, i love this podcast!
Who wouldn’t rate you 5 stars
i would give you a hundred if i could.. i love every story. Your way of story telling amazes me. A great way to past time while traveling, waiting or doing anything. Thank you for all the great stories