Skin-changers, also known as Shape-changers,[1] were Men and rare individuals with the ability to assume the form and abilities of an animal.

History Edit

In the Third Age, Beorn (who dwelt in the north-eastern Anduin Vales) was a Skin-changer and helped Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and his Company during their Quest to Erebor. He took the shape of a huge black bear and a black-haired man, yet the origin of this ability is unknown. According to Gandalf, Beorn "[was] under no enchantment but his own."[2]

It is possible that Beorn's son Grimbeorn was a Skin-changer.

References Edit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter VII: "Queer Lodgings"
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