This is the only podcast (so far) that I’m still trying to play catch-up on. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I absolutely love stuff like myths, legends, folktales, superstitions, and the like. The Myths & Legends podcast seemed like it could really fit into what I was looking for.
Ever wonder about the original stories behind King Arthur and his legendary knights, Robin Hood, or Aladdin?
Did you know that fairy tales weren’t originally for children and are way more bizarre, ridiculous, and interesting than you ever thought possible?
Maybe you’ve heard of characters like Thor, Odin, and Hercules from modern movies- stories stretching back centuries. Well, the originals that inspired the adaptations are even better.
This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.
These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.
I mean, you’ve got Greek myths, you’ve got Norse myths, you’ve got fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers and beyond, you’ve got the Arabian Nights — there are so many different sources for this podcast, and what I love even better than hearing about story I’m familiar with is discovering a new story I’ve never heard before. For example, although I’m a huge Marvel fan (especially Thor!), I’ve never really read any of the Norse myths. (Spoiler alert: Thor really, really likes to kill things.) This is a great way to get a good primer on many of the important myths that have shaped storytelling in the world as we know it today, and hear someone else’s thoughts and reflections on that myth as well.
What’s even more awesome is that the website lists all of the sources (well, at least the main sources) for the myths and legends that Jason talks about each week! How cool is that?
I’m working my way up from the bottom, and while you technically don’t need to listen to them in order (any myth “series” is clearly delineated by Episode #A, #B, #C, etc.), sometimes the narrator references something from past episodes. Of course, you can always go back and listen to just that one episode, but man, I’ve learned so much about mythology in the past few months! This isn’t my top-listened-to podcast yet (Welcome to Night Vale holds that title currently), but it is getting up there. I’m sure it’ll be the top once I’m caught up, because there’s just so much content to get through.
I’m going to have to give this one a 5/5 stars, not only because I’m learning about “new” myths (well, new to me) that I’ve never heard before, but because we are given the sources and can look further into topics ourselves, too. It’s family-friendly, and if there are episodes where something raunchy happens, Jason is always sure to give a content warning before the episode starts. It’s the little things, y’all.
Do you have any other myth-based podcasts for me to listen to? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading (and listening).