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Beorn

Biographical information

Other names
Titles
Chieftain of the Beornings
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon
Battle Axe (in Man-form), teeth, claws, strength (in Bear form)

Physical description

Culture
Beornings (Skin-changers of the North)
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Dark brown (films)
Eye color
Grey (films)
Voice
Character
"If you must know more, his name is Beorn. He is very strong, and he is a skin-changer."
—Gandalf [1]

Beorn was a Northman, a Shape-shifter, and a Beorning chieftain. The people of Beorn 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]

BiographyEdit

Third AgeEdit

Beorn was a warrior with great strength, who could turn into a great black bear. In human form, he appears as a tall, black-haired man with huge arms and a great beard. Beorn kept many animals at his residence, such as horses and dogs. 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 to EreborEdit

Beorn in bear form

Beorn chases the dwarves.

Beorn provided shelter to Thorin Oakenshield and his company of dwarves (13 others), Hobbit (Bilbo Baggins), and Wizard (Gandalf), and later helped them fight against an army of Goblins at the Battle of the Five Armies on November 23, 2941.

During the Battle of the Five Armies, Beorn arrives in his bear form, and kills the Goblin chieftain Bolg.[2] After the battle, Beorn accompanied Gandalf and Bilbo through their journey home until he reached his house.[3]

Before the War of the Ring, Beorn passed away,[4] and his son Grimbeorn eventually took over his duties as chieftain in TA 3018.[5]

EtymologyEdit

The name Beorn originates from Old English which means "warrior". It is a cognate to the Old Norse bjǫrn which means "bear".[6]

CharacterEdit

Despite being incredibly powerful, Beorn respects all life forms, with the absolute exception of Goblins. He has sorcerous effects on animals, who are both highly intelligent and strong. He keeps bee pastures and spends his nights patroling 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. An example of his power is, when an Orc pack corners Thorin and Company in Beorn's house, several Orcs demand that they attack the dwarves while they sleep, but Azog (Astonishingly) refuses, saying that he will not risk such a tactic whilst Beorn stands guard. He is also vengeful and, 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 is portrayed by Mikael Persbrandt in the films The Desolation of Smaug and upcoming 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 also 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 their 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.  

Beorn watching orcs

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. His role has been substantially expanded, according to Peter Jackson, and his presence in Dol Guldur. LEGO set has lead to speculations that he will be featured in the Dol Guldur storyline.

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

TriviaEdit

  • In the early film concepts, his bear form was rather monstrous, looking more likely that of a Troll or an Orc.

GalleryEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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

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