Looking for site admins

Hey Free Trader Beowulf community, I created this site and I’m not finding the time to do the administration well. If you’d like to be an admin, let me know by commenting on this post. You can also send me an email through the contact page. I really want to see the site flourish, and that’s possible through creating more content. Please let me know if you have the skills time and interest and would like to admin this site, then we’ll talk more. read more

How Quentin Coldwater’s Depression Saved Him

Quentin Coldwater provides one of the most honest perspectives on what it is like to have depression. For him, it goes beyond sadness. It is a sense of nothingness, emptiness, a disconnection from one’s inner being.  His battle is twice as difficult than that of usual fantasy protagonists, who are naturally self assured, brave and optimistic . Instead we have insecure, melancholy Quentin. A soon as he is done battling beasts on the outside, he must go on to fight those residing inside his mind. read more

Episode Breakdown: The Girl Who Told Time

The Girl Who Told Time. If I have learned anything this season it is that names of episodes are fairly important. This one is a clear nod to the Fillory books and Jane Chatwin. Will we be bumping into another time or dimension of the Chatwins or are we going to see more about time manipulation from Julia? Or could it have more to do with this new mystery woman who may/ probably hexed a librarian to get into the restricted area? read more

Episode Breakdown: Lesser Evils

Lesser Evils, is there ever such a thing? Often I think we talk about lesser evils as a way to convince ourselves that our actions are somehow justified because we could have done something worse. This episode is aptly named. This is the part where I want to throw in a snide comment that goes something like this: they could have picked a worse musical number to shove into the middle of the episode. Yes, yes I’m sure we are all musical theatre lovers, but still the plot connection felt weak. Then again, I am a sucker for a musical number…. Ahhhh my cynical heart is crumbling just that fast. Elle Lipson and John McNamara, your writing gets me right in the feels! read more

Looking Forward from “Plan B”

Last week I missed out talking about “Plan B”; I’m afraid the flu took me down for a few days. So instead of discussing the episode let’s imagine what is to happen next.

“Plan B” is my favorite episode of the season. I have watched it a few times (there are a few benefits being down with the flu) and the plot is totally absorbing. All of our characters are back together exchanging sardonic comments and acting as the dysfunctional magical team that we all know and love. read more

Where Are All of the Monsters?

The Nightmare – John Henry Fuseli

“No one would come right out and say it, but the worldwide magical ecology was suffering from a serious imbalance: too many magicians, not enough monsters.”
–The Magicians – Lev Grossman

Let’s suppose there is a magical planet named Fillory that your siblings have found a way to visit from Earth via a magical doorway. However, you never get to stay and it is the only place in the universe that you want to be. One day you find a spring that holds all the magic and you drink from it giving you the power the stay, but it also gives you unimaginable magical power. What do you do? read more