Myths and Legends
You will know some of these stories from myths and legends, but here, for the first time, they are told in the form of children's bedtime story poems.
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Myths and Legends Poems for Kids
Ancient Greek Gods and Godesses
A collection of poems about the ancient Greek gods who lived on Mount Olympus.
The Myth of the Minotaur
The hero Theseus battles the minotaur - a giant with a bull's head, locked up in a labyrinth in Crete.
Perseus and Medusa
Perseus was sent on a quest to slay the monstrous Medusa, who had snakes for hair, and could turn her enemies to stone just by looking at them.
Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind.
The story of the boy who flew too near to the sun.
Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the crew of the Argos set out on an epic quest to find the golden fleece, and claim it for their king.
The Wooden Horse of Troy
After the siege of Troy had been going on for many years, the Greeks tricked the Trojans using a giant wooden horse.
A good king, but a foolish one. King Midas makes a wish, one that he soon comes to regret.
The story of the first woman, and the mysterious locked box that must never be opened.
Romulus and Remus
The legend of the two brothers, rescued from drowning by a wolf, who grew up to be the founders of the city of Rome.
The Lambton Worm
An ancient British legend about a worm that grew into a dragon, and terrorized northern England, until a hero came to fight it.
Willy Wilcox, Blue Peter, and the Crumplehorn
Willy Wilcox is a legendary character from the town of Polperro in
southern England. In this story he meets some strange and magical
creatures, and makes a friend.
Robin Hood and his Merry Men
The classic story of Robin Hood - outlaw of Sherwood Forest. This
story tells how he met Little John, Marion, Friar Tuck, and the merry
Funny rhymes about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, and lots of other spooky Halloween monsters.
More funny rhymes - this time about fabulous beasts such as mermaids, dragons, unicorns, goblins, elves, and trolls.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
A new version. You will recognize it as the classic Christmas poem,
but it has been updated for modern children, with outdates ideas
and words replaced with more familiar ones.
Myths and Legends
Here is a brief summary of some of the more famous myths and
legends from across the years. We hope to supply you with fun story
poems that retell some of these stories, one day.
Greek Myths and Legends
was the king of the gods, and he ruled the other gods (such as
Aphrodite the goddess of love, Apollo the god of music and archery,
Hermes the god of travel, Poseidon the god of the sea) at Mount Olympus.
was the son of Zeus, and was a great warrior. He successfully completed
the 12 tasks (or "labours") that were set for him by his archenemy, the
king. These included fighting a lion, a hydra, a bull, and Cerberus
the three headed hound who guarded the gates of the Underworld.
was also the son of Zeus. He was a hero who killed the Gorgon Medusa
(who had snakes for hair and could turn a man to stone), and rescued
Andromeda from a sea monster.
- Jason assembled a group
mighty warriors (including Heracles, Telamon, and Orpheus) to go on a
quest to find the magical golden fleece. They were called the Argonauts,
after their ship, the Argos. Their voyage included dangerous
encounters with harpies, nymphs, fire-breathing oxen, a dragon, and an
army of warriors grown from dragons' teeth.
- The Trojan
War, between Greece and Troy, began when Helen of Troy left the Greek
King and ran off with the Trojan Prince Paris, and the Greeks sent their
armies to bring her back. Great warriors like Hector and Achilles
fought bravely, but the war was won by the Greeks, who tricked the
Trojans using a giant wooden horse.
- Homer’s Odyssey tells
the story of Odysseus and his men, returning to Greece after the Trojan
War. Their epic journey brings them into conflict with a giant
cyclops, the sirens, a witch, and the god Poseidon. Eventually the
goddess Athena helps them to get home.
- The minotaur was a giant with a bull's head who lived in a labyrinth in Crete. He was killed by the hero Theseus.
and his son Icarus tried to escape from Crete, flying to freedom with
wings made from feathers and wax. Icarus however, excited by the flying,
flew too near to the sun, which melted the wax. He fell to his death.
Midas was offered a wish by a satyr (half man, half goat) as a reward
for his hospitality. Midas foolishly wished that everything he touched
would turn to gold. He lived to regret it.
- Orpheus was a musician who traveled down to The Underworld in order to bring his wife back from the dead.
had their own pagan religion, with many gods. The old stories they told
about gods, giants and monsters are known as the Norse myths.
At first there was nothing. Then there was a land of fire and a land of
ice. When these lands met there was an explosion, which created an evil
giant called Ymir. Eventually, Ymir created a race of frost giants. A
giant cow called Audhumla created rivers of milk, and created the first
god by licking the ice. This god was called Buri, and he was the
grandfather of Odin. Odin and his brothers killed Ymir and most of the
frost giants. From Ymir's body they created the Earth.
and his brothers created a man and a woman out of some logs they found
washed up on the shore. The woman was called Elm and the man Ash, after
the trees from which the wood came.
- A giagantic tree called
Yggdrasill towered over the world, and its roots went into other,
magical realms. It was from this tree that Odin obtained his special
powers and knowledge.
- Odin and his sons built Asgard, the home of the gods, above the clouds. It was connected to the Earth by a rainbow bridge.
was a god called Loki who was a mischief maker. Sometimes though, his
cunning and craftiness came in handy for the gods, such as the time he
outsmarted a frost giant who was trying to trick the gods into giving
him the beautiful Freya as a wife.
- Odin's eldest son was
Thor, the god of thunder, who had a magical hammer called Miolnir. He
was a warrior, and rather hot-heated.
- One day there will be a
final battle called Ragnarok, between the gods and their enemies. After
this, human life will be reborn again from the last two survivors.