On another site, I've got myself involved in a discussion about Beorn, his nature, and origins. There, someone presented their own theory:
I could say that Beorn and his people was the descendants of one of the 3 houses of Edain in the 1st age of the sun.
His blood line can be traced to Bëor (the old) and Beren is the 1st to change (shape shifter) to a beast form - a wolf (werewolf) named Draughluin (Sauron's pet), and this was accomplished by Luthein. (which is the daughter of a high Elven king and a Maiar - FYI: Its Luthein who can change and she change to a vampire in the Sil's quest.)
Now...my theory is ...probably this skill was learned in Beren's family (when both of them get to live the 2nd chance.), and passed along the generation until the 3rd age (until to Grimbeorn < son of Beorn > who helped in the war of the ring.) and it stayed and widely used within the people who must live in the middle of the forest with their animal friends. - which is of Beorn and his kin.
Well, we all know that this is nonsense. The poster also mentions David Day as one of his sources, and we also know how reliable he
Now, I've gone through more reliable sources - like, what Tolkien himself has written - and presented every counterargument that I've found:
- Beren and Lúthien only had one child, and they lived for the rest of their lives among the Green-elves, never meeting any Men again;
- their only grandchild who made it into adulthood was Elwing;
- Beren could only change into the shape of Draugluin with Lúthien's help;
- the people of Bëor were wellnigh extinct at the end of the First Age, and the survivors sure moved to Númenor, and didn't go back East;
- the names Bëor and Beorn aren't connected in any way.
But, apparently, this person thinks they know Tolkien's mind better than the man himself:
Dont give me things that Beren and Lúthien didnt spoke to anyone for it to passed its gift of shape changing for Tolkien is known to change his novel/story althorugh his life. (ex: The Hobbit was change to accomodate some characters in his next novel LOTR.)....There are so many ways to passed information to the next person...not just what you read in Tolkien's book
If Voronwë's book were already published, I could very easily find the right arrow to shoot this one down as well... But, as it isn't, and I simply don't have time to read through all the relevant parts of the HoME, here's a question to Voronwë and any others who know the HoME books by heart:
Did Tolkien himself write that Beren and Lúthien never spoke to any Mortal Man anymore after their return from Mandos, or is that something Christopher composed? And, if this really came from "the horse's mouth", I believe that he never later wrote anything that would change it?
(If anyone is interested in reading the whole exchange, it's here
See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
~ Lao Tzu