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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Annual 2014 has given us a grizzly gift: an image of seriously annoyed Beorn in bear form. As well as this toothy treat, has managed to glean a couple of spoilers from the annual concerning the shape-shifter. They're not huge spoilers, but it does give away some character details and plot points for The Desolation of Smaug, so if you want your Hobbit experience to remain pure, you should proceed with caution.

At Beorn’s hall by Mirkwood.

  • The company is chased to Beorn’s house by Beorn himself (Beorn doesn’t like dwarves, but when he discovers they’re running from Azog he helps them instead).
  • ‘Beorn is the last shape-shifter in the whole of Middle-earth. Most of his kind were killed by Azog, so when Beorn finds out that The Company are fleeing from Azog, he agrees to help them.’
  • Beorn tells Gandalf that the rumours of ‘a great evil’ in Dol Guldur are true, which is what makes Gandalf decide to go there himself and leave Thorin & Company to face Mirkwood alone.

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