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

According to the The teaching of Bero Answini was one of the five first shapeshifters among the Beiabarns. The House of Answini pleaded on him as their ancestor.


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.
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