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Aug 9 2018, 1:52pm

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Beorn the Chieftain

It's interesting that you suggest an arc for Beorn (perhaps as a spin-off?). We know that as early as the Yule-tide following the Battle of Five Armies, the skin-changer began playing host to the Woodmen of the Anduin Vales as well as any other Men who might have inhabited that region (such as remnants of the Éothéod that might not have emigrated to Rohan). Before long Beorn was made Chief of the people who united under him, calling themselves the Beornings.

We know that at some point Beorn found himself a wife and sired at least one child, Grimbeorn, who succeeded him as the next chieftain of the Beornings. The Darkening of Mirkwood, a campaign book for The One Ring Roleplaying Game, provides its own suggestions for how these events might have played out.

For Year 2963:

After appearing at the last battle against the Viglundings [a rival folk of Northman stock] in the form of a huge bear, Beorn leaves his hall and travels towards the Misty Mountains on a mysterious errand. A few among his followers say that after the Battle of Five Armies Beorn made a similar journey and that when he returned he welcomed Men to settle under his protection for the first time. Some of the Beornings worry that Beorn will change his mind upon his return, and will send them away.

For Year 2964:

Beorn and Gandalf return together from the far north. No more Orcs trouble the Beorning lands for some years. Beorn asks his people for counsel - should they welcome the surviving Viglunding into their houses or drive them away from the Vales of Anduin?

For Year 2968:

Beorn decides that the time has come for him to take a wife. His bride might be the daughter of a simple farmer, a princess of the Woodmen or a strange woman from the mountains. Perhaps he marries one of the companions! In any event, heroes from all over Wilderland attend his wedding at the Carrock. Afterwards, it is said that Beorn's joyous laughter was so loud it echoed off the Misty Mountains and could be heard from the Vales of Gundabad to the Falls of Rauros.

And for Year 2969:

A son is born to Beorn. He calls him Grimbeorn.

I bring up these speculative events because I can see how a couple of them could be combined: Beorn embarks on his mysterious journey only to return with a bride (either with or without Gandalf). Beorn's wife could be a woman of his original folk, perhaps a lost love from decades past. I have to say, though, I have a hard time seeing Gandalf acting as matchmaker between Beorn and a woman of Númenórean stock!

"For a brief time I was here; and for a brief time I mattered." - Harlan Ellison

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Aug 9 2018, 2:05pm)

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