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History and Folklore Podcast

Jun 13, 2021

For thousands of years people have watched the Aurora Borealis with awe, fear and wonder and told stories to explain what created them. 

In this episode we look into the tales of whales and frozen swans, fires and lamps, valkyries and the spirits of the dead to see how people in the past understood the...


May 12, 2021

Maps from Medieval Europe are littered with strange lands, monsters and mythical races. On them you can find the Tower of Babel, the Minotaur's Labyrinth, unicorns and men with the heads of dogs. Find out what these maps can tell us about how medieval European's saw the world in the latest episode of the History...


Apr 12, 2021

Learn about the mysterious subterranean world of the mines. Why are birds bad luck? What should you do when you forget your lunch?

And what is that mysterious knocking noise? 

Sources:

Anastasia Bogdonova, 'The Strange Rituals and Superstitions of Russian Miners'


Mar 13, 2021

Discover the folklore that surrounds yew trees on the British Isles.

Why are so many yew trees found in churchyards, why do the yews at Nevern bleed and why should you not visit Llangernyw churchyard on Haloween?

 

Sources

Ali Isaac, 'Tree Lore in Irish...


Feb 11, 2021

We all know trolls from Frozen, the Lord of the Rings and those strange troll dolls we had as kids, but what were the original trolls like? What do they look like? What do they do? And would you ever want to meet one?
Find out by discovering the history and folklore of trolls. 

 

Sources

'Beast and Man: Realism and the...