A Bero (Éo."Bera") was a shapeshifter of the Men of the misty mountains and a member of the Order of the Bero who was chosen to teach the ways of Baumya to a young apprentice, the so called Tirabero.There were traditionally eight Beros in the Cult of the Bear.

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 Atliduk, the tongue of the Men of the misty mountains is represented by latinized gothic in MERP.However gothic bair seems to stem from the verb bairan (to bear) a gothic word for the bear is unattested but would have been *bero.

Original Forms:

Atliduk - Attlatungo
Bair - Bero
Béma - Baumya
Bairakyn - Berokundis
Tirbair - Terinbero


  • 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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