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Is this our first look at Beorn from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

08.09.2013

The majority of fans seem pleased by the characters that have been revealed in the LORD OF THE RINGS and HOBBIT films. One anticipated character that may bring some debate after this reveal is Beorn.

Before I show you the photo, please take note that it's low-res and not so easy to see. TheOneRing found the image in a calendar from SD Toys. Here the character has more of a grey/black head of hair which looks more like a mane and there doesn't seem to be a beard. I've never been opposed to a change in a character's looks but is this even close to what J.R.R. Tolkien described?

"Beorn was of immense size and strength for a man, and retained his size and strength in bear-form. He had black hair (in either form) and a thick black beard and broad shoulders (in human form). While not a "giant" outright, Beorn's human form was of such great size."

Without more clear of a picture it's hard to judge. The guy playing the character in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt . I've included a picture of him as well as one of Gandalf with the character in bear form. Here you can see the similarities.

Early thoughts?

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Source: TheOneRingCBM

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1:28PM on 08/10/2013
He may be mid-transformation right there
He may be mid-transformation right there
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10:39AM on 08/10/2013
Uhhhh....ok. Is he going to be hairy & Wookie-like ALL the time?
Uhhhh....ok. Is he going to be hairy & Wookie-like ALL the time?
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8:12AM on 08/10/2013

Jackson loves the material

So I'm optimistic. I won't judge with such a low-res picture...
So I'm optimistic. I won't judge with such a low-res picture...
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6:15AM on 08/10/2013

I hope he has beard...

...chances are he might. since we cannot see correctly from this angle
...chances are he might. since we cannot see correctly from this angle
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1:01AM on 08/10/2013

Eh

I'll buy it for now. At least until I see some more.
I'll buy it for now. At least until I see some more.
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11:43PM on 08/09/2013
And I actually like it more than picture above from the book.
And I actually like it more than picture above from the book.
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11:41PM on 08/09/2013
It doesn't bother me. It's hard to judge with a low-res photo but even if that is indeed him, cool, go with it.
It doesn't bother me. It's hard to judge with a low-res photo but even if that is indeed him, cool, go with it.
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11:34PM on 08/09/2013
Radagast has bird shit coming down the side of his head. I'm not surprised by Jackson's hairstyle choices.
Radagast has bird shit coming down the side of his head. I'm not surprised by Jackson's hairstyle choices.
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11:25PM on 08/09/2013

Lion-O?

I love Thundercats as much as the next guy but...
I love Thundercats as much as the next guy but...
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10:26PM on 08/09/2013

Dear Lord...

That looks awful. Not even remotely close to the Beorn I imagined while reading the Hobbit. And I understand it's not Peter Jackson's job to match whatever vision I had of the character, but seriously there's nothing good about Beorn having a 70's style haircut complete with mullet. I'll try to give it the benefit of the doubt until we, you know, actually see what he looks like, but this isn't promising whatsoever. Jackson's transformation into the next George Lucas is well on it's way...
That looks awful. Not even remotely close to the Beorn I imagined while reading the Hobbit. And I understand it's not Peter Jackson's job to match whatever vision I had of the character, but seriously there's nothing good about Beorn having a 70's style haircut complete with mullet. I'll try to give it the benefit of the doubt until we, you know, actually see what he looks like, but this isn't promising whatsoever. Jackson's transformation into the next George Lucas is well on it's way...
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9:32PM on 08/09/2013

Yup

There is a silver man running down the bears head and back, I think that is not coincidence.
There is a silver man running down the bears head and back, I think that is not coincidence.
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