A Study of the Skin-changer (Beorning Deed)

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The first four pages of this book can be found on enemies scattered across Angmar, Eregion, and Moria. The last four pages of this book can be found on enemies scattered across Forochel, Moria, and the Misty Mountains.

This curious manual seems to describe the nature of your family's ability to take the shape of animals. It is a description of skin-changing over the years, written long ago by someone with very little actual understanding of the ability. You wonder if there is any truth hidden within its exaggerated and mostly-untrue account.

Several pages are missing, but a small, much more recent, but of parchment tucked into the front cover contains the inscription 'Ask Bilbo.'

To complete this deed perform the following objective(s)

  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 4
    On this page, the author claims that most skin-changers can assume the forms of many animals, and acquire their most fundamental characteristics. You have never known this to be true.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 8
    On this page, the author describes his belief that the power of the skin-changer is passed through the male line. The power does seem to be hereditary, but there are many women in your family who also share that power, including your own sister Langhár.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 15
    On this page, the author notes that when a skin-changer assumes the form of an animal, he may grow to several times his normal size. You have known this to be true, and wonder if the author has based this portion of his account on actual encounters with your family or pure speculation.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 16
    On this page, the author says that every skin-changer is uniformly more ferocious than other folk, which you know to be an outright fabrication. Many members of your family are introspective and thoughtful. You wonder what the author would make of your brother Sterkist, who is given to daydreaming of adventure but would never hurt anybody.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 23
    On this page, the author describes the skin-changer's love of honey-cakes. This, at least, is accurate. Your cousin Varthmath is particularly skilled at the baking of honey-cakes, and now you want one. You silently curse the mysterious author for reminding you of such deliciousness without any near at hand.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 42
    On this page, the author describes the expansive bee-pastures which your family has tended for years. The bees grow to incredible size and produce some of the most delicious honey you have ever tasted.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 11
    On this page, the author poses a question he finds undeniably frightening: are there skin-changers among us? You know that your people are not as numerous as he believes, nor are they as skilled at blending in as he thinks they are.
  • Collect A Study of the Skin-changer, Page 21
    On this page, the author supplies a surprising confession: he claims that he himself is a skin-changer! Judging from the rest of this book you find this a difficult thing to believe.

Rewards

  LOTRO Point-icon.png 10 LOTRO Points
  Class Trait Point-icon.png Class Trait Point


Additional Information

This deed is available for Beornings at level 39.
This deed starts by acquiring the legendary book A Study of the Skin-changer, then pages need to be collected, see the Legendary Book Pages for more information on page locations.

Dialogue with Bilbo Baggins

Meeting Bilbo before the deed is completed gives the following dialogue:

Bilbo takes the book from you with scholarly interest and studies it briefly.
'This is an interesting find, <Name>, but it does not appear to be very... how can I put this? It does not seem to me that a great deal of factual study went into its preparation. I wonder who wrote it, and who placed this parchment within its pages? Did this mysterious author wish to consult with me on the nature of your family's power? I am hardly an expert, and only met Beorn on occasion.
'You should collect the missing pages. I do not think you will learn anything truthful, but you might derive some amusement from the author's interpretation and extrapolation of your family's nature.'