|"Beornings" by Angelo Montanini|
|Locations||Upper Vales of Anduin|
|Rivalries||Orcs of the Misty Mountains|
|Gallery||Images of Beornings|
As other Northmen, the Beornings descended from Men of the First Age who were related to the Edain, perhaps akin to the Third House. As such, the Beornings were close kin of the Éothéod, the Woodmen of Mirkwood and the Bardings.
After the Battle of Five Armies and the decimation of the Orcs of the Misty Mountains, many Northmen gathered around Beorn who became a great chief. It is possible that the Beornings became known as a people through being descendants of Beorn.
During the War, Grimbeorn, son of Beorn, was the leader of the Beornings. It is possible that Sauron's forces had attacked them in early T.A. 3019: when Frodo Baggins wore the One Ring upon Amon Hen, he saw the land of the Beornings aflame.
Through many generations, the descendants of Beorn were like him skin-changers, able to take the shape of a bear.[note 1] Some of Beorn's descendants were grim like him and even "bad", but none of them matched Beorn in size and strength.
They were known as great bakers, famous for their honey-cakes (which could feed travellers similarly to the lembas) although they were reluctant to share them with travelers around the time of the War of the Ring.
Portrayal in adaptations
|Beornings in adaptations|
2011-: The One Ring (role-playing game):
- Beornings are one of the playable cultures. The game describes them as rough Men, sometimes outlaws, gathered under the banner of Beorn. One of their cultural Virtues is the ability to take control of a 'spirit animal' whilst sleeping, a talent taught to some Beornings by Beorn himself.
- Beorn tells Thorin and Company that in the past Azog hunted him and his people for sport and that, as a result, few of his kind are left. It is one of his prime motivations to help them in their Quest.
- ↑ Since it is unknown if all Beornings came from the line of Beorn, one can only guess if this was valid for all the Beornings.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Galadriel", pp. 263-4 (note 15)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring", "(ii) Other Versions of the Story"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Letter to Leila Keene and Pat Kirke" (cf. The Peoples of Middle-earth, p. 72)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", p. 34 (§14)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings": [Beorn speaking:] "I am not over fond of dwarves"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings": "[The Dwarves] spoke most of gold and silver and jewels and the making of things by smith-craft, and Beorn did not appear to care for such things: there were no things of gold or silver in his hall, and few save the knives were made of metal at all.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"
- ↑ Francesco Nepitello (2011), The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild, pp. 41-6