Myths and Legends

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.


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151A-Faust: A Man of Wealth and Taste

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150B-European Epics: Where the Shadows Lie

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150A-European Epics: King Me

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149-Japanese Fairy Tales: Son of a Peach

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148B-Monkey King: Leaps and Bounds

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148A-Monkey King: Good Little Monkey

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147B-Antigone: Authority

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147A-Oedipus: Team Spear It

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146-Scandinavian Folklore: Twinning

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145-Achilles: The Age of Heroes

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144-Viking Legends: The Old Gods and the New

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143-Japanese Folktales: Crabby

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142B-Rome: Politics

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142A-Rome: Glory

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141C-Robin Hood: On Brand

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141B-Robin Hood: The Hunted

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141A-Robin Hood: Merry

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140-La Llorona: No Way Out

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139B-Irish Legends: Evitable

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139A-Irish Legends: The Hound

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138-Knights of the Round Table: Carl

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137-Italian folklore: Tailor-made

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136-Pecos Bill: To the Moon and Back

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135C-Tristan and Isolde: Homecoming

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135B-Tristan and Isolde: Secrets

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135A-Tristan and Isolde: Matchmaker

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134-Grimm: Thirsty

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133-Filipino folklore: Monkey Business

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132B-Trojan War: Some Foolish Thing

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132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come

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131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family

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131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal

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130C-Jungle Book: An Old War

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130B-Jungle Book: The Strength of the Pack

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130A-Jungle Book: Welcome to the Jungle

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129B-Persian mythology: Champions

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129A-Persian Mythology: The Mammoth that Rides

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128-Irish folklore: Give Him the Finger

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127-Finnish Mythology: The Boy who Lived

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126-Wendigo: Hunger

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125-Norse Mythology: Bound

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124-Greek Mythology: The Fall

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123-Dark Tower: Directions

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122-Indian Folklore: Let it Be

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121-Grimm Brothers: King of the Mountain

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120B-Holy Grail: Beyond the Sea

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120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

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119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening

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118-Jewish Folklore: The Eyrie

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117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?

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116B-Mexican Legends: Outlaw Country

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116A-Mexican Legends: Alta California

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115-Chinese Folklore: Another Brick in the Wall

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114B-Indian Stories: Heavy

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114A-Indian Stories: Calamity

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113-Armenian folklore: Occupational Hazard

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112C-Pinocchio: Whale Jail

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112B-Pinocchio: Nosey

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112A-Pinocchio: No Strings Attached

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111-Thumbelina: Sweet Summer Child

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110-Viking Myths: Alone

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109-Athens: Home

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108-Tom Thumb: Thumbs Up

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107B-Golem: To Dust You Shall Return

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Bonus-U.S. Folklore: Gaslighting

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107A-Golem: Guardian

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106C-African Legends: Who Tells Your Story

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106B-African Legends: Bad Move

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106A-African Legends: Long Live the King

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105B-Reynard: Ferocious Mr. Fox

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105A-Reynard: Fox on the Run

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104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger

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103-Middle Eastern Folklore: Shipshape

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102-Charlemagne: Honor Among Thieves

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101-Fairy Tales: Three Dog Night

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100B-Knights of the Round Table: Family Reunion

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100A-Knights of the Round Table: Buddy System

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99-William Tell: One Shot

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98-Native American History: Runner in the Night

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97-Jack and the Beanstalk: Sleeping Giant

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96-Russian Folklore: Cold as Ice

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95B-Irish Legends: Finn the Human

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95A-Irish legends: Wanted

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Bonus-The Time Machine: Inspector Spacetime

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94-Norse Legends: A Very Viking Christmas

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93B-Theseus: Love and War

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93A-Amazons: Wonder Women

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92-Greek Myths: Gigantic

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91-Greek Myths: Fatherhood

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90-Viking Legends: Mighty

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89-Maui: The Mauiest Maui

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88-Ragnarok: Doom

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87-Werewolves: The Lost

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86-Grimm: Clever

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85B-Slavic Folklore: Hold on to Your Hat

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85A-Slavic Folklore: For the Right Reasons

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84-Famous Fairy Tales: Rule of Three

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83-Tale of Tales: Skin Deep

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82B-Arabian Nights: Show Me What You Got

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82A-Arabian Nights: I'll Most Likely Kill You in the Morning

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81-Trolls: Breakups

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80B-Perseus: I'm Set Free

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80A-Medusa: Golden Child

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79-Odin: The War to Begin all Wars

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78-Egyptian Mythology: The Master Namer

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77-Romanian Folklore: Mrs. Piggy

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76-Greek Myths: Lioness

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75-Pecos Bill: Rider on the Storm

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74-Japanese Folklore: Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

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73-Japanese Folklore: I will find you

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72-Kelpie: Party Horse

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71C-Sinbad: There and Back and There and Back Again

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71B-Sinbad: Snake Eyes

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71A-Sinbad the Sailor: Venture

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70-Ugly Duckling: Fowl Play

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69-Midas: You Got the Touch

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68B-Morgan le Fay: Her Majesty

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68A-Morgan Le Fay: Get Thee to a Nunnery

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67B-Gawain and the Green Knight: Head On

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67A-Gawain: To the Dogs

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66-Paul Bunyan: Truth in Advertising

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65-Oedipus: Motherboy

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64-Frog Prince: Warts and All

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63-Puss in Boots: These Boots

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62-Thor: Hammer Time

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61-Solomon: One Ring

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60C-Beowulf: Unknowable but Certain

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60B-Beowulf: The Depths

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60A-Beowulf: I'm Kind of a Big Deal

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59-Greek Myths: The Violence of Our Ancestors

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58-Native American Folklore: Monster

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57-Japanese Fairy Tales: Faithful

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56-Nepali Folklore: Hope You Guess My Name

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55-Grimm: My (Bird) Heart Will Go On

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54C-Gilgamesh: Dust

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54B-Gilgamesh: Huge

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54A-Gilgamesh: Did We Just Become Best Friends?

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53-African Folklore: Crocodile Tears

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52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame

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51-Loki: Them Apples

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50-Dracula: Bad Blood

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49-Russian Folklore: I Pity the Fool

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48-Snow White: Killer Queen

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47-Urban Legends: In the Dark

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46D-Jason and the Argonauts: Scorned

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46C-Jason and the Argonauts: The Long Way Home

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46B-Jason and the Argonauts: MacGuffin

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46A-Jason and the Argonauts: Some Assembly Required

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45-Rumpelstiltskin: Let's Make a Deal

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44-Saint George: Here Be Dragons

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43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland

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42-Chinese Folklore (Cinderella): You Only Live Thrice

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41C-Lancelot: It's Complicated

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41B-Lancelot: Promises to Keep

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41A-Lancelot: The Stolen Child

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40-West African Folklore: Cold-blooded

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39-Odin: In the Land of the Blind

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38B-Korean Literature: Master of Two Worlds

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38A-Korean Literature: Crossing the Threshold

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37-Hercules: The Best at What He Does

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36B-Pocahontas: Between Two Streams

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36A-Pocahontas: The Empire Business

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35-Beauty and the Beast: Prisoners

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34-Greek Mythology: Uphill Battle

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33-Ali Baba: Inheritance

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32-Tricksters: Wager

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31B-Viking Sagas: Face-off

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31A-Viking Sagas: Odd Man Out

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30-Latin American Folklore: Unbreakable

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29-Grimm: Upward Mobility

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28-Prometheus: Adamantine

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27C-King Arthur: The Errant Knight

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27B-King Arthur: Mayday

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27A-King Arthur: The Violence Inherent in the System

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26-Japanese Fairy Tales: Wisdom

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25-Dragons: This is Where You Get to Make it Right

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24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer

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23-Cupid and Psyche: Burned

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22C-Irish Legends: The Spoils of War

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22B-Irish Legends: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

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22A-Irish Legends (The Tain): Red Ledger

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21-Frozen/The Snow Queen: Fearful Symmetry

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20-Korean Folklore: Prayers

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19-Native American Folklore: Skeletons

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18-St. Nick: Rusty Chains and Candy Canes

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17C-Theseus: I Volunteer as Tribute

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17B-Icarus and Daedalus: A Portrait of the Artificer as a Young Man

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17A-Theseus: It’s Dangerous to go Alone!

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

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15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf

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13B-Ragnar Lodbrok: Why’d it have to be Snakes?

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14-Doppelgangers: Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night

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13A-Ragnar Lodbrok: The Beggar King

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12-Pig-faced Women: Citation Needed

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11-Japanese Fairy Tales: Key Details (Urashima Taro, The Boy Who Drew Cats)

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10B-Hercules: Labor Intensive

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10A-Hercules: Going into Labor

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

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8-Merlin: Call of the Wyllt

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7-Little Mermaid: Cry with the Saints

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6C-King Arthur: How I Met Your Mother

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

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

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5B-Slavic Folklore: The First Horcrux

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5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died

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4-Mulan: A Likely Hero

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3E-Vikings: The Debt is Paid

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3D-Vikings: Blood of the Dragon

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

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

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3A-Vikings: The Norse and the Furious, Bredi’s Drift

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2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems

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2A-Aladdin: The Magician’s Nephew

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1C-Knights of the Round Table: The Lion Knight Rises

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1B-Knights of the Round Table: You’re So Yvain

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1A-Knights of the Round Table: Yvainglory

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