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Beorn keeps his own ethic about killing...

Elizabeth
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Jul 7 2013, 4:42am


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Beorn keeps his own ethic about killing... [In reply to] Can't Post

...as do we all. Most of us eat meat, but try not to reflect on the fact that we have assumed the moral responsibility for killing the animal that provided it. And we think it's quite ok to kill certain creatures but not others. You would be massively offended by someone having your pet cat for dinner, even though you ate a lamb last night.

Beorn is sometimes a bear, and he knows that some Men and maybe even Elves like bearskin rugs and other useful articles. And he has animal kingdom friends that he would mightily resent the Dwarves skinning for their own purposes. Still, there are probably creatures that he does kill and skin, and maybe even eat. Most bears are carnivores, after all.

So, Gandalf's advice is that there are potential dangers here that are best avoided by watching certain words.








(This post was edited by Elizabeth on Jul 7 2013, 4:46am)

Subject User Time
The Hobbit: Beorn and Skins vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Jul 7 2013, 3:59am
    Insult Yngwulff Send a private message to Yngwulff Jul 7 2013, 4:02am
        Skins vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Jul 7 2013, 4:07am
    tolkien overlooked it Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Jul 7 2013, 4:11am
        True enough vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Jul 7 2013, 4:21am
        "Overlooked it" seems most likely to me… noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Jul 8 2013, 9:37pm
    Beorn keeps his own ethic about killing... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Jul 7 2013, 4:42am
        I believe you are correct Elizabeth rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Jul 8 2013, 11:27pm

 
 
 

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