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Paging Mrs. Beorn


Feb 20 2007, 2:41pm

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Paging Mrs. Beorn [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, Gloin says this to Frodo at the feast in Rivendell

"Indeed, if it were not for the Beornings, the passage from Dale to Rivendell would long ago have become impossible. They are valiant men and keep open the High Pass and the Ford of Carrock."

If there were Beornings, I suppose there must have been a Mrs. Beorn. I'll put Gloins reference to valient men down to Dwarvish chauvinism. As far as I know Tolkien has nothing more to say on the subject. I suspect Tolkien originally invented Beorn as a more or less minor character in the Hobbit, and never expected to deal with the subject of Beornings, much less Beornesses. Back when I read The Hobbit I thought of Beorn as being the last of his kind, or one of a kind like Bombadil, but Gloin's words make it clear that this is not the case.

Apparently, the field is wide open for UUTs. My own theory is that the females were shapeshifters just like the males, but for the most part took on traditionally female roles, caring for the young and keeping the home, although I'm sure they could fight like, well, wild bears, if the need arose. Physically, I imagine them strong and healthy but with a definite female form (no beards). With a few notable exceptions, the females in Tolkien's world tend to be seldom seen or heard.

Another thought--Does Gloin's comment imply that Beorn has died? Again, unless there's something on the subject I haven't read, Tolkien never addresses the issue of Beorn's mortality either.

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night

Subject User Time
The Women of the Beornings Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 20 2007, 1:25am
    Paging Mrs. Beorn Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Feb 20 2007, 2:41pm
        Grimbeorn the Old, son of Beorn... Reera the Red Send a private message to Reera the Red Feb 20 2007, 3:06pm
            With that "nature wizard" so close Daeorn AldalůmŽ Send a private message to Daeorn AldalůmŽ Feb 20 2007, 5:06pm
                That's a good thought. Reera the Red Send a private message to Reera the Red Feb 20 2007, 6:27pm
    Will the real Mrs. Beorn please stand up? Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal Feb 20 2007, 4:45pm
        That's what I was thinking Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Feb 21 2007, 2:59am
        That's what I'd imagined. Penthe Send a private message to Penthe Feb 21 2007, 7:28am
        Beorn has more than one bear, Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 22 2007, 1:32am
            Human beings and other animals Penthe Send a private message to Penthe Feb 22 2007, 4:17am
                Like something instinctual and nonsentient Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 23 2007, 12:32am
        That seems to make the most sense. (nt) dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 22 2007, 3:57am
        What if there wernt any female beornings? Hengist Send a private message to Hengist Feb 22 2007, 3:54pm
            It seemed to be a family trait. Reera the Red Send a private message to Reera the Red Feb 22 2007, 4:28pm
                maybe... PhantomS Send a private message to PhantomS Feb 23 2007, 8:16am
    good question Annael Send a private message to Annael Dec 31 2014, 9:13pm


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