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I don't like dwarves. They are greedy and blind, blind to the lives of those they deem lesser than themselves... But orcs, I hate more.
— Beorn, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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Personal information
Species Beorning
Gender Male
Place of origin Middle Earth
Relations Grimbeorn (son)
Occupation Slave (formerly; film canon)
Current status Deceased before the War of the Rings
Body type Humanoid
Height Taller than a human
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Middle Earth
Created by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Mikael Persbrandt
Mixtured sounds of Tiger, Elephant, Fur Seal and Metal oven creak (Bear form)[1]

Beorn is one of the last of the Beornings and appears in the 1937 children's book, The Hobbit.


A Northman, Beorn has been kept as a slave along with many others of his kind to the orcs and goblins. Most of his keen were killed, leaving him with a grudge towards the orcs. He lives in the cabin in the forests, where he keeps intelligent animals as his pets. Despite being incredibly strong, he respects all life forms, not including the ones who killed and enslaved his kind. He often transforms into a bear as one of his powers.



  • The earlier concept arts of the character's bear form in the Hobbit trilogy were originally going to be more monstrous and grotesque, similar to the trolls and orcs. But the designers thought that Beorn was more of a neutral character than a hero or villain, so they toned him down. [2]
  • The inspiration of Beorn could be Beowulf, whose name is commonly translated into "the wolf of the bees".


  2. Beorn: The Shapeshifter, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition, Disc 3