I’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts at work recently and feel compelled to recommend Myth Podcast.
This is a weekly podcast telling legendary stories as closely to the originals as possible. 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.
Thanks to Myth Podcast I finally know the plot of the Nibelung. I have books of Arthur Rackham’s art, I know the influences on Tolkien, and I’ve seen What’s Opera, Doc? more times than I can count but I still didn’t really know how just how many characters have names that start with Sig and how they’re all related. It’s really good. I thought once Fafnir was slain (the one part I knew relatively well) that I might not be too fussed about how it went but it’s really good. And that’s just one episode arc.
It’s well researched and well told, Jason collects and tells stories and sagas from around the world so you get a nice mix of stories. Most episodes are 30-40 minutes, they have just the right amount of witty observation, and each finishes with a Monster of the Week. There are some 40+ episodes up already, plus if you want to get your hands on more content (and support Jason) for just $5 a month you can get bonus episodes and source texts.