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Decipher - Grimbeorn.jpg
"Grimbeorn" from The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Biographical Information
Other namesThe Old
TitlesChieftain of the Beornings
LocationVales of Anduin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Grimbeorn

Grimbeorn the Old was the son of Beorn.


[edit] History

Grimbeorn became a great lord in his own right. Like his father, he was the chieftain of the Beornings and he dwelt in the same regions of the Vales of Anduin. During his time, the High Pass and the Ford of Carrock were kept open and no Orc or Wolf dared to enter his land.[1]

[edit] Etymology

While Beorn is a word related to "bear", Grim (like in modern English) means "fierce", therefore his name can be translated as "Fierce bear".

[edit] Genealogy

fl. T.A. 2941
fl. T.A. 3019

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Despite not featuring in The Lord of the Rings film series, Decipher produced a card depicting the character. He was portrayed by sword smith Peter Lyon.

2014: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Grimbeorn is the lord of all Beorning players in the game, and has two other children named Sterkist and Langhár. He appears in various places in Middle-earth, first at his lodge in the Vales of Anduin, then at the camp of Vindurhal in the Misty Mountains. He returns to the Beorning-lands after the War of the Ring to maintain order among the Vales.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"