The descendants of Beorn, who inherited his ability to shape-shift into a large black bear.

They dwelt in the valley of the Anduin near the western border of Mirkwood and close to the Carrock.

If it was not for them, the journey between Dale and Rivendell would be impossible. No Goblins or Wargs dared to set foot in their land.
Encyclopedia entry originally written by Hathaldir