210-Russian Legends: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere

By |2021-01-12T21:43:06-05:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Episodes, Podcast|Tags: , , |

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. The creature is the lavellan a plague-ridden [...]

49-Russian Folklore: I Pity the Fool

By |2018-03-15T14:43:05-04:00November 8th, 2016|Categories: Episodes, Podcast|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland

By |2018-03-15T14:45:48-04:00September 6th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Episodes, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Episode summary: 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 [...]

16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

By |2021-02-10T09:24:07-05:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

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. Especially if that gift is a human skull...that's on fire. On the creature of the week, [...]

15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf

By |2021-02-10T09:23:41-05:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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-a-quest. We'll also follow his doofus brothers, who decide that taking an extended [...]

5B-Slavic Folklore: The First Horcrux

By |2021-02-09T21:50:50-05:00August 5th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 that's unpleasant for everyone involved). He'll prove his name incorrect as he finally [...]

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