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9-Dogs and Wolves: Generations (Fenrir, The Black Dog, Dog King of Denmark, Gelert)

By |2015-12-09T13:05:52+00:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Instead of one long story, this week I'm telling four stories about canines from folklore from all around the world. We'll go back to the Norse gods and goddesses where Loki will make more poor choices. Then I'll talk about the legend of the black dog of the UK and Ireland. There's the weird and hilarious [...]

6C-King Arthur: How I Met Your Mother

By |2015-12-09T13:09:20+00:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wrapping up this current run of King Arthur episodes, we find a kingdom in shambles. We'll see the final(ish..for now at least) battle between the Saxons and the Britons, and then the rule of King Arthur's uncle and father. Uther then decides to risk this extremely tenuous peace to woo a woman who isn't into him [...]

6B-Merlin: What’s Red, White, and Fighting All Over

By |2018-03-15T19:59:49+00:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This is where we meet Merlin, a son of a demon who uses his evil powers for good. But he's not yet the bearded sorcerer we all kind of know and love. No, he first enters our story as a serious seven year-old with power over magic, the ability to prophesy, and knowledge of the past, present, [...]

6A-King Arthur Prologue: The Once and Really Only that One Time King

By |2015-12-09T13:09:40+00:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The King Arthur legends don't actually start with Arthur, but with several years of war, intrigue, and betrayal among the Britons, and a slippery earl by the name of Vortigern not-so-subtly engineering the deaths of two kings to become king himself. We'll start at the very beginning, with Arthur's grandfather being murdered and his father fleeing across the channel [...]

5B-Slavic Folklore: The First Horcrux

By |2015-12-09T13:09:52+00:00August 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 [...]

4-Mulan: A Likely Hero

By |2015-12-09T13:19:12+00:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The story of Mulan, the woman who took her aging father's place in the army, does not mean what you think it means. The original character is almost completely awesome and very different from many retellings. Unfortunately, the inspiring central message of the story is a modern interpretation of something that was actually very insulting. Also, villain is [...]

3E-Vikings: The Debt is Paid

By |2015-12-09T13:19:30+00:00July 15th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

The final chapter of the Saga of the Volsungs follows Sigurd as he finds that navigating relationships with the in-laws is way, way more hazardous than fighting a dragon. He finds the famliy he never had, but generations of betrayal and murder finally catch up with what has been perhaps the most honorable of the Volsungs...you know, [...]

3D-Vikings: Blood of the Dragon

By |2018-03-15T20:00:02+00:00July 1st, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Part four and the penultimate episode in the Saga of the Volsungs, the story of a legendary Norse family finds Sigurd riding with his Vikings in an attempt to reclaim his father's kingdom. Then, there's a fight with the dragon, Fafnir, who is in the possession of the cursed ring. Sigurd, our (so far) valiant hero, [...]

3C-Vikings: Renewed shall be Blade that was Broken

By |2018-03-15T20:00:06+00:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

You can clearly see J.R.R. Tolkien's inspiration in this episode, what with that cursed ring finally making an appearance, a legendary sword reforged, and a selfish psychopath of a dragon sitting atop a pile of gold. Loki casually says something when he walks out the door which tears a family apart, and Odin is not fooling [...]

3B-Vikings: All that Hate’s Gonna Burn You Up

By |2018-03-15T20:00:11+00:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Saga of the Volsungs continues, with a princess held captive by the man who killed her father, and her brother roaming the forest waging a covert guerrilla war...or just robbing people for the fun of it? There are berserker werewolves, magic swords, and a battle of really stupid insults between kings. Also, you'll see if [...]