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By the time of the [[War of the Ring]], Beorn had become a leader of [[Men]] which included other skin-changers, and woodmen. His people were known as the [[Beornings]], and they helped defend [[Thranduil|Thranduil's]] kingdom of northern Mirkwood.  He died some time before the War of the Ring itself began, and was succeeded by his son [[Grimbeorn the Old]].
 
By the time of the [[War of the Ring]], Beorn had become a leader of [[Men]] which included other skin-changers, and woodmen. His people were known as the [[Beornings]], and they helped defend [[Thranduil|Thranduil's]] kingdom of northern Mirkwood.  He died some time before the War of the Ring itself began, and was succeeded by his son [[Grimbeorn the Old]].
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Beorn'' is the Old English word for a bear, and sometimes was indeed used as a name. It is related to the Norse name ''Bjorn'' which, in turn, may suggest a connection to berserkers.
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''[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/beorn Beorn]'' is an [[Old English]] word meaning "bear, warrior", cognate to [[North Germanic languages|Old Norse]] ''[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bj%C7%ABrn björn]'' ("bear").<ref>{{HM|AH}}, p. 164</ref> In the Scandinavian-speaking countries ''Björn''/''Bjørn'' is a personal name, attested since the 11th century.<ref>[http://www.historiska.se/misc/gemensam/Nomina/nomina/ Historiska Museet Nomina ] at [http://www.historiska.se/ Historiska Museet (The National Historical Museum of Sweden)] (accessed 2 January 2010)</ref>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

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Beorn was a skin-changer, a man who could assume the appearance of a bear.

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History

He lived with his tame horses in a wooden house between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood, to the east of the Great River of Wilderland. His origins lay in the distant past, and Gandalf suspected he and his people had originally come from the mountains.

Beorn named the Carrock and created the steps that led from its base to the flat top.

During the Quest of Erebor, Beorn received Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the thirteen Dwarves and gave the Dwarves and Bilbo help in their quest. In the Battle of Five Armies, Beorn rescued Thorin Oakenshield from the Goblins and killed their leader Bolg.

By the time of the War of the Ring, Beorn had become a leader of Men which included other skin-changers, and woodmen. His people were known as the Beornings, and they helped defend Thranduil's kingdom of northern Mirkwood. He died some time before the War of the Ring itself began, and was succeeded by his son Grimbeorn the Old.

Etymology

Beorn is an Old English word meaning "bear, warrior", cognate to Old Norse björn ("bear").[1] In the Scandinavian-speaking countries Björn/Bjørn is a personal name, attested since the 11th century.[2]

See Also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas A. Anderson, (ed.), (2002) The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition, p. 164
  2. Historiska Museet Nomina at Historiska Museet (The National Historical Museum of Sweden) (accessed 2 January 2010)