"If you must know more, his name is Beorn. He is very strong, and he is a skin-changer."
Gandalf the Grey[1]

Beorn was a Northman, a Skin-changer, and a Beorning chieftain. Beorn's kin once inhabited the North of the Anduin valley between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood during the last centuries of the Third Age. They guarded the Ford of Carrock from the Goblins and Wargs.[1]


Third AgeEdit

Beorn was a warrior with great strength who could turn into a great black bear. In human form, he appeared as a tall, black-haired man with huge arms and a great beard. Beorn kept many animals at his residence, such as horses, dogs and sheep. His animals were all extremely intelligent; his dogs, for instance, could walk on their hind legs while carrying things with their forelegs, set the table, and able to speak. Beorn's horses could also understand what their master said. Beorn was also capable of speaking in the tongue of beasts, as he could communicate with bears. When he spoke to his dogs, his words sounded like "barks twisted into some form of speech".[1]

The Quest of EreborEdit

Beorn in bear form

Beorn chases the Dwarves.

In the years following the Battle of Five Armies, Beorn became a great chieftain among the folk of the Anduin Vales and his followers became known as the Beornings. At some point he took a wife and sired a son, Grimbeorn, later known as Grimbeorn the Old. Before the War of the Ring, Beorn passed away,[2] and his son Grimbeorn eventually took over his duties as chieftain. [3]


The name Beorn originates from an Old English term that means "warrior" . It is a cognate to the Old Norse bjǫrn which means "bear".[4]


Despite being incredibly powerful, Beorn respects all life forms, with the absolute exception of Goblins and Wargs. He has a magic-like effect on his animals, who seemed to be more intelligent and strong than other animals. He keeps bee pastures and spends his nights patrolling the woods and mountains in the form of a bear. He is wise, mysterious and powerful, possessing incredible strength and durability. He is fairly decent, as he allows Thorin and Company to stay at his home for a short while and even offers them sanctuary from the Goblins. He is also vengeful. When Thorin is fatally wounded, he storms the Goblin ranks, rescues Thorin and then returns, destroying the Goblins and killing Bolg himself.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

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Beorn in his human form.

Beorn is portrayed by Mikael Persbrandt in the films The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies. His appearance in the films is quite different than his description in the book and portrayals in other media. In the films, he has greyish-brown hair, a forked beard, shackles on his left arm, and a mane of hair growing as a ridge down the length of his back. Beorn mentioned his fellow Shape Shifters, who once lived in the mountains before Azog the Defiler came down from the north and killed or enslaved many of his people for sport. Beorn escaped the terrible fate of his kin (explaining the shackles on his arm), and claims that he is the last of his kind. He gives them horses to reach Mirkwood and provides escort to protect them from roaming Orcs. Beorn appears to be aware of the dark presence in Dol Guldur as he knows of an alliance between the Orcs of Moria and the Necromancer, whom he calls the Sorcerer, in Dol Guldur. Packs of Orcs have been seen gathering in the fortress with their numbers increasing every day. Beorn also knows that the Necromancer is not what he seems to be and that dark and foul things are drawn to his power, not to mention Azog's allegiance to him. He also heard word spread of the dead rising and walking near the High Fells of Rhudaur. He asked Gandalf if there actually were tombs in those mountains and Gandalf confirms the tombs as Beorn remembered a time when a great evil ruled the lands and had the power to raise the dead. If that evil had returned, he wished to know from Gandalf.

In The Battle of the Five Armies, he makes a brief cameo during the battle, shifting from man to bear form as he arrives with the Great Eagles, attacking several goblins and wargs. He is later seen at the funeral for Thorin, Fili and Kili.

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Beorn watches Azog's forces.

Beorn's personality is notably different from what it is in the book. Instead of being boisterous and impatient, Beorn is depicted as soft-spoken and collected. Beorn is also said to be in little control of himself in the The Desolation of Smaug, but in the book, he can be tame and gentle as a bear, even following the Dwarves to ensure the return of his ponies when the Dwarves leave his house to go to Mirkwood.

Voice Dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Bruno Rocha
Spanish (Latin America) Octavio Rojas
Spanish (Spain) Ricky Coello
Italian (Italy) Paolo Marchese
German David Nathan
Polish Zbigniew Konopka
Czech Miloš Vávra
Français Miglen Mirtchev


  • In the early film concepts, his bear form was rather monstrous, looking more likely that of a Troll or an Orc.
  • At one point in film development, he was set to play a part in the Dol Guldur storyline, as was speculated from his appearance in a LEGO set, 79011 Dol Guldur Ambush.


Swedish poster for "The Desolation of Smaug"
Beorn by jmkilpatrick-d6r2enj
Beorn attacking orcs, by JMKilpatrick
Beorn by moth eatn
Beorn and Bolg by moth-eatn
Beorn, by Ted Nasmith
Art for Beorn by Brothers Hildebrandt

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic በኦርን
Arabic بيورن
Armenian Բեորն
Belarusian Cyrillic Беорн
Bengali বেয়ার্ন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Беорн
Burmese ဗေဩရ္န္
Chinese (Hong Kong) 比翁
Czech Medděd
Georgian ბეორნი
Greek Βεορν
Gujarati બેઓર્ન
Icelandic Björn
Japanese ビヨルン (Biyorun)
Kannada ಬೆಒರ್ನ್
Kazakh Беорн (Cyrillic) Beorn (Latin)
Korean 베오른
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Бэорн
Laotian ບເໂຣນ
Macedonian Cyrillic Беорн
Marathi भेओर्न
Mongolian Cyrillic Беорн
Nepalese बेओर्न
Persian بهورن ?
Punjabi ਬੇਓਰ੍ਨ
Thai บีออร์น
Russian Беорн
Serbian Беорн (Cyrillic) Beorn (Latin)
Sinhalese බෙඔර්න්
Slovak Grizlo (Books only)
Tajik Cyrillic Беорн
Tamil பெஒர்ந்
Telugu బెఒర్న
Ukrainian Cyrillic Беорн
Urdu بیورن
Uzbek Беорн (Cyrillic) Beorn (Latin)
Yiddish בעאָרן


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Hobbit, Chapter VII: "Queer Lodgings"
  2. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"