"There was a buzzing and a whirring and a droning in the air. Bees were busy everywhere. And such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them. 'If one :was to sting me," he thought, "I should swell up as big again as I am!' They were bigger than hornets. The drones were bigger than your thumb, a good :deal, and the bands of yellow on their deep black bodies shone like fiery gold."
-(Queer Lodgings, The Hobbit)

The bees of the Beornings were uncommonly large, but not aggressive around their keepers. Bees and bears were a leit-motif of Beorning artwork, especially as decoration between flowers on embroidered things.

As honey was the staple of the cuisine of the Beornings and helped them to observe their dietary prohibitions, the Beornings always ensured that there were enough flowers surrounding their manors to keep their bees happy.


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