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Old 01-19-2021, 07:55 PM   #1
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Where did beorn and Radagast meet?

Beorn said radagast was not bad for a wizard, so they must have met, but where?
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Old 01-19-2021, 09:36 PM   #2
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Beorn said radagast was not bad for a wizard, so they must have met, but where?
We can't know for sure.

They lived in the same general neighborhood for a long time so any number of places in western Mirkwood or the Anduin valley are possible.
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Old 01-20-2021, 03:48 AM   #3
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Purest speculation, but given that we know of Radagast that he "became enamoured of the many beasts and birds that dwelt in Middle-earth, and forsook Elves and Men, and spent his days among wild creatures," it's entirely possible they only met while Beorn was a bear. I wouldn't go so far as to suggest Radagast didn't know he was also human, but the reason they got on might be that the wizard thought of him as a beast first and foremost.

Even more speculative: the idea of an immortal hermit who cares for all animals is pretty common in fiction (Medwyn of Prydain was my first thought, but I ran across another instance in, of all things, Terry Pratchett's Carpet People recently), and I suspect it has mythic origins. Radagast would fit neatly into this category - the movies do so (hi Sebastian) - and so it would be plausible that Beorn was drawn to him after being injured in some way. Quite what could wound the Great Bear that badly, I'm not sure - though there were sorcerous powers at work in Dol Guldur...

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Okay, no, I'm not writing a story about Radagast healing Beorn of a Morgul-wound. I refuse.

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I'm inclined to agree with Kuru.

Probably just the nearness of Rhosgobel to Beorn would be enough to assure likely contact.
Also, presumably Radagast had made an abode there for quite some time, so Beorn's predecessors could have known of him as well.

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Okay, no, I'm not writing a story about Radagast healing Beorn of a Morgul-wound. I refuse.
If you were doing that, you may as well go whole-hog and have Radagast be a forest-dwelling hippie riding on giant rabbits. (*cough*)
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If you were doing that, you may as well go whole-hog and have Radagast be a forest-dwelling hippie riding on giant rabbits. (*cough*)
Look on the bright side. It could have been saber-toothed guinea pigs.
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