|Boromir: "Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? So small a thing!"|
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring II:10
Like all old rhovanian languages Attlatunga, the tongue of the Beiabarns is represented by latinized gothic. However the name Owein seems obscure. A derivation from gothic ô and wein seems possible but wouldnʼt make much sense as a personal name, maybe the welsh name Owein (the welsh form of latin Eugenius) would be a possible source but it seems strange why a Beiabarn should have a welsh name. However the proper gothic cognate could be anskund(s)). Also the Anglo-Saxon name Oswine could be a probable origin (but the gothic form would be Answini, not Owein). Another possibility could be that Owein represents a name from the original Beijabar dialect which remains untranslated.
Original and corrected forms:
- Atliduk => Attlatunga
- Bair => Bero
- Beijabar => Beiabarn
- Owein => Answini
- Beornings and Woodmen (Essay), by Anna Arquette 1995, originally conceived as a contribution to Rohirrim and Other Northmen, a projected volume in ICE's "Peoples of Middle-earth" series which never reached completion.