In the Third Age, Beorn (who dwelt in the north-eastern Anduin Vales) was a Skin-changer and helped Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and his Company during their Quest to Erebor. He took the shape of a huge black bear and a black-haired man, yet the origin of this ability is unknown. According to Gandalf, Beorn "[was] under no enchantment but his own."
It is possible that Beorn's son Grimbeorn might be a Skin-changer.
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
- ↑ The Hobbit, Chapter VII: "Queer Lodgings"
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, VII: "The Council of Elrond (2)"