Welcome, dear travellers, to the start of a new journey! We look at the original sources of your favourite tales and include commentary as we read based on tropes, themes, cultural relevance and everything else you would need to understand these stories in context.
- Aesop’s FablesFantasy encompasses a wide, wide spectrum of writing. We have beast fables, we have gothic, we have tales of vampires and werewolves, and we have sword and sorcery; we have epics from Homer, and there is just so much […]
- Saint George: House of the Dragon SlayerThe famous legend of “Saint George and the Dragon” is as iconic to the English as Jack and the Beanstalk and a Christmas Carol. The original story was a lot more intense than the abridged version we all know. […]
- Tragedy of Rostam and SohrabThe tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab is one of the greatest in the epic literature world. Listen to the story here or below! Kay Kavus’ reign was eventful, but sadly, not all that happened was productive or good. Kavus […]
- Rostam: Horsin’ AroundIt’s finally time for Rostam! Our previous episode kicked off our trilogy on the Shahnameh or “Book of Kings,” an epic by Ferdowsi on the history of Persia’s Greatest Kings and Heroes. We last spoke of the Hero Sam […]
- Shahnameh: Sam, Zal and RudabehThe Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) by Hakim Abu al-Qasim Mansur is one of the world’s greatest Epic poems, detailing the history of Iran’s Kings and Heroes. He is known as “Ferdowsi Tusi,” which is actually a title meaning […]
- LGBTQ+ RetellingsJune is Pride Month, and as we all gear up to celebrate ourselves and our loved ones, it’s also time to celebrate the strides we have taken in the literary world of retellings! From all corners of the world, […]
- Star Wars: Fairy Tale Or Fantasy?Sparrow tries to convince Fox that Star Wars is truly a fairy tale. But Fox is not quite convinced. Hear the debate and let us know if you think Star Wars is a fairy tale or just a fantasy.
- The Mitten: Ukrainian FolktaleWe have used many different versions of “The Mitten” from Barbara Suwyn, Irina Zheleznova, Svitlana Yakovenko, Pavlo Chubynsky (1878) and Ivan Rudchenko (1870). Today, we have a famous folktale from Ukraine that some of our travellers might have heard already! The story of the […]
- Beauty and Pockface: Skin DeepCinderella is unconquerable when accounting for the number of retellings, adaptations, variants and popularity. Most of these adaptations focus on the Charles Perrault version of Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) when there are many other variants to choose from! […]
- The Doomed Prince and the Three FatesWhat began with Egyptian funerary texts, hymns, poems and records soon evolved into one of the earliest records of narrative literature. There were few surviving narrative stories from the Middle Kingdom, including the “Story of Sinuhe,” and “Tale of […]
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