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The Women of the Beornings

Beren IV
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Feb 20 2007, 1:25am


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This question occurred to me as I read and was responding to Squire's post on Beorn's hall in our art discussion. My question, in essence, is, what were the women of the Beornings like?

Beorn of course is portrayed as an apparently very masculine individual: the thick dark beard, and the "knotted" muscles are both characteristically male descriptive attributes. Even chopping wood has a very masculine image, although certainly women would chop wood just as men would. We are given the impression that all of Beorn's folk are able to transform into bears, or at the very least a lot more than just Beorn can. As a large, immensely strong, and very hairy predator, bears also have a masculine image, despite the fact that the most dangerous of bears is a mother protecting her cubs. Tolkien alludes to, or implies, that some of his peoples, the Dwarves in particular, have women capable of otherwise passing themselves off as men, even to the point of having beards. One person I can remember even posed the possibility that Gimli may be female, or asking how we would ever know. I'm sure Tolkien never intended that to be true, or that any of Thorin's companions may be female either, although given what I understand about Dwarves in Tolkien, I would hardly be averse to a fanfic in which some of Thorin's companions were female. Nonetheless, Beorn is a Man, or a Man-bear, and not a Dwarf, and the women of Men (kinda inappropriate as a name for a race, huh?) definitely do have some characteristics that identify them as females. Are the Beornings the exception? Or, if not, what are the women of the Beornings like, both physically, culturally, and magically (i.e. can they turn into bears as well)?

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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

 
 
 

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