The Potion of Poetry

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

The Viking gods decide it's time to invent stories, and mix a potion of poetry to share with the world. But when it's stolen, the god Odin finds himself up against a troll who now has the power of the imagination... Let your young learners follow Odin's quest in this week's Epic Tale, based on a Norse legend!

Once they've watched this telling of the story, let them watch the enhanced version below to compare them – and see how many new words they can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

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Enhanced telling

Guest storyteller Cath Little shares the Welsh version of "The Potion of Poetry" story. After your children have listened to this telling of the story, can they pick out the similarities and differences between the two versions?

Also see if they can guess the meaning of the words and phrases below – including some from Cath's native land of Wales!


And afterwards, encourage them to try using these words in their writing for their grown-ups and teachers – or even in the Epic Challenge below...!

"Cath ydw i"
"Pair Awen"
"Dere 'ma"
This story's Epic Challenge!

This week's Epic Challenge was all about creating a troll, then finding the right words to describe it — and, if your children fancy an extra challenge, perhaps they can make their descriptions rhyme like Stinker...

Share this video with your children for some ideas to get them started, then send their creations to us for their chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Epic Challenges, and more!


In this week's "Sharing Shpecial", Chip shares the end of the story. But can Odin escape Stinker's trap when your young learners have put him against the strongest trolls in the world... EVER?!

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story – available from 4pm on Monday 11th May.


Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with easy and fun ways to explore those links with your children. Available from 4pm on Monday 11th May.

You can now visit our archive of past stories, or have another listen to this week's story.

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