the Five secret houses of Bernu also known as the Hounds of Baumya were the five traditional clans of the Men of the misty mountains

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


It is unknown if the Term five houses of Beor relates to the ancient Adan Chieftain Bëor the Old of the House of Marach of House Hador.In Anglo-Saxon béor means strong drink, beer or mead.Béor could have been the name of a common father or ancestor of the five houses, his name could be related to the ritual intoxication of the berserk.

The Names of the five Houses seem to be derived from Gothic Vodsgairu or Anthargairu, Airiscina, Berowulf, Answini and Tagrinnia.Another possibility could be that their names are untranslated forms from an ancient adanic language.


Original Forms and corrected Spelling:

Bair - Bernu
Beijabar - Beiabarn
Béma - Baumya
Beraulf - Berowulf
Erskine - Airiscina
Otrugar - Anthargairu
Owein - Answini
Targrin - Tagrinnia


  • 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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